The Paper-Pieced Home // Sewing Book Review

 

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I recently received a review copy of Penny Layman’s The Paper-Pieced Home from Interweave/F+W. I’ve really enjoyed reading through the book (in between packing and moving), and chose to make the Layer Cake Block (block #4). I don’t have a lot of sewing time right now, and I’m also not great at decorating and celebrating holidays. I thought it would be fun to turn the Layer Cake Block into a mini-quilt or table topper for birthday celebrations! I picked fabrics, printed the pattern, and it is waiting for me as soon as I can unpack my sewing machine!

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The Paper-Pieced Home Details

Title: The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time
Author: Penny Layman, author of Sew Take A Hike
Softcover, 135 pages, published by Interweave/F+W
List Price: $26.99

Why I Would Recommend a Friend Take a Look
If paper-piecing is your thing, or you want to learn to paper piece, this is a great book for you. The patterns (included on a CD that comes with the book!) range from fairly simple to quite complex. If you like a retro/modern vibe, you will love the quilt blocks in this book.

Design
The book is well designed–the layout and font are easy to follow/read, and it is a beautiful book. I appreciate that there is a full color picture of each of the 40 blocks, as well as styled shots of the 10 additional projects.

Layout
The first (12 page) chapter is an introduction to paper-piecing–Penny suggests tools, walks you through a well illustrated lesson on how to paper piece, and offers a lot of hints, tips, and tricks, on everything from fabric selection to pressing your blocks. I have been meaning to buy a seam roller for years, and finally did thanks to this chapter.

The second (10 page) chapter covers things that are beyond the basics–fussy cutting, y-seams, embroidery, appliqué, etc. I thought this was a helpful inclusion.

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 10.40.28 PMThe remaining chapters are titled Kitchy Kitchen, Wear It!, Retro Home (don’t you love the couch!), Create & Organize, Playtime, and Get Outdoors! Each chapter has multiple projects using one or more of the blocks.

The last few pages include Resources and Selected Templates.

Clear Instructions and Illustrations
I made (started) the layer cake block, which is one of the more time intensive paper pieced blocks. I found the instructions to be clear and easy to follow, although I am an experienced paper piecer. If you are a beginner, I suggest trying a block like Watermelon Slice (#39) first.

Projects

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Each chapter includes a few projects that you can make with a block from that chapter (or any chapter, really). Sometimes it is difficult to decide what to do with a solo block–the book includes instructions for making hot pads, a grocery tote (shown here using the Fruit Bowl block), a trio of pillows,  and a baby quilt, among other things.

Attention to Detail
If you are familiar with Penny’s work, you will know she has a distinct style, and pays attention to details. I think what I liked most about this book was seeing the different fabrics she chose for each block. You can tell she really thinks about scale, pattern, directional prints, etc. I am not always a deliberate quilter–the complexity of many of these patterns means I wanted to be a bit more deliberate in my choices.

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I Wish the Book Included
The Paper-Pieced Home includes fabric requirements to make each block, for example, 6” of the yellow solid for the cake frosting (totally made up the specifics). The book does not include directions for what size to cut each piece (so it doesn’t say cut a 2″ x 2″ square for  A1). This isn’t a deal breaker–it isn’t that difficult to cut things to size based on looking at the pattern, especially since you aren’t typically making 30 identical blocks–but it would have been a nice inclusion. Having written a book, I know that often times these things are the publisher’s decision.

Inspiration
I make a lot of things for other people. This book made me want to sit down and make something for me! At some point in the near future, I’m definitely making the claw foot tub block–we have had one in our Portland house and we loved it.

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Giveaway/Are you interested in seeing more?

Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Paper-Pieced Home (in the US) or an electronic version (outside the US).
You can leave any comment for a chance to win, or if you want, leave a comment with your favorite home organization tip. With two big moves in less than 9 months, I can use the all the help I can get!

Visit one (or all!) of the stops on the blog tour for the Paper-Pieced Home below:

3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Bloc
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview

The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time
By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99
http://bit.ly/1zClNAv

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103 Comments

  1. Alison Hingston
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Love the couch and chair patterns, and the retro vibe. Thanks for the chance of winning an e-copy of the book.
    Alison
    Melbourne Australia

  2. Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    Looks like a lovely book!

  3. Beth T.
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    My partner would guffaw at the idea that I’m offering organization tips, but one that is working for me right now is to designate certain horizontal surfaces off-limits for dropping off any paperwork, mail, etc.

  4. DebV
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    Let me know when you figure out organization. I moved 6 years ago and still can’t find things. Thank you for the chance to win. I love the retro patterns in this book.

  5. Posted March 24, 2015 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the review on this book. It looks like a great one! My home organization tip is a long term one, but it still may help. When I get a new magazine, coupon, catalog, or something I plan on keeping for a bit, I throw an older one out in an effort to cut down on clutter and eliminate piles. I do cheat occasionally! :-)

  6. Posted March 24, 2015 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    I have been watching and following this book because I just love the retro pillow trio!!!!! So glad you reviewed it, very helpful! Thanks so much for a chance at winning my own copy!!

  7. Janet
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win! I haven’t tried paper piecing yet but these designs are so cute!

  8. Denise
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    The retro couch is just dreamy! Now for organization – don’t wait until you pack to move. Clean, throw out (as in de-clutter), organize NOW! When you pack boxes make sure they are well labeled! This will save you immense amounts of time on the other end. If you are moving twice then think strongly about what you might not need at all in between the two moves and consider leaving that packed, but still label, label, label as you might be searching for something that you are unexpectedly in need of. :)

  9. Betsy
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Love this book and all the projects on the hop. My advice for your upcoming move, declutter every day. Keep a box for collecting items to donate in easy reach so you can toss in outdated and unused items. Consider new purchases thoughtfully.

  10. Veronika
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Love the cake block you chose! And my tip is not to leave fully packed boxes sitting in the garage for six months… Mice got to mine! Yuck!!

  11. Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Oh my…I need that couch block…I want a couch just like that!!:)

    Hmmmm….organizing….mainly I wouldn’t get rid of all the boxes….break them down and store them to the side in your garage or somewhere because large pieces of cardboard are so very useful….plus on rainy days putting a couple together and making a fort is so much fun!!:)

  12. Karen
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Looks like lots of fun projects in this book. Regarding organizing a home: I’ve learned that having a place for everything helps and less really is more! But it’s a challenge when there are amazing busy children growing up.

  13. Ellee
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    This book looks great. I’ve been wanting to learn paper piecing.

  14. Jen
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I have only done a few paper piecing projects, but the home decorating looks interesting.

    I am currently trying to organize my house, we have been there about 9 years. My friend who moves every 3-4 years is the queen of moving and organizing. Everything has a place and you put it there when you are finished!

  15. Shawna Eddy Kissell
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I can see myself making those. Very cute.

  16. Posted March 24, 2015 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I am dying to get my hands on that book! So cute.

  17. Posted March 24, 2015 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I’d like to personally welcome you and your readers to stop my and share your post this week at my TUesday ARchives linky party as our theme is: Paper Piecing! I think many would like your post. myplvl.blogspot.com

  18. Posted March 24, 2015 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I really like paper piecing, but I don’t have a lot of experience. And moving tips…man, good luck. With two quick moves, I would make sure to pack some things to stay packed. We moved twice in a few months and I packed a lot of stuff to stay packed. It made our interim home less homey, but made it easier to unpack and repack. Good luck!

  19. Posted March 24, 2015 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I’ve always been a big fan of Penny’s work. I love the vibe of her new book. It looks like she hit a home run. These paper piecing patterns look great.

  20. shaynelovesllamas
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This book looks amazing!

  21. Tamie
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    My daughters say I have missed my calling in life and that I should be an organizer. Everything has a place. My oldest daughter moved last year and says her biggest tip is to purge before you pack. She found herself doing it again as she unpacked.

  22. Jacklynn Grimm
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Love the kitchy patterns in this book, especially the rotary phone and television blocks I’ve seen on the tour. My tip for organization can happen right now, as you are putting away winter clothes to bring out summer clothes, purge anything you didn’t wear or that you wore out during the past winter. As for the summer clothes, try on and purge those items that – ahem – might not fit anymore. But never purge denim – you might want that for a sewing project! Thanks for a chance to win. jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  23. LINDA
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    HI, Thanks for sharing in the Hop+Giveaway!
    Organizing summer from winter clothes in 2 different areas or closets if you can spare them, helps me lots of needless searching at season change.

  24. Shelley Parham
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Great book! When you pack, make sure you label boxes with a list of contents and the name of the room it’s going to. Good luck with your move!

  25. Jen Beatty
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    These patterns look like a lot of fun to make while playing w/different prints.

  26. jodylovering@cox.net
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    This book looks amazing!
    I find that it is easier to be organized when I clean out and get rid of things I don’t need any more. The less you have to organize the easier it is.

  27. Jan N.
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Very cool retro paper piecing patterns. Thank you for the chance to win.

  28. Sarah J.
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Ugh- I have done moves like that… not my idea of fun! When we moved boxes in we tried to keep like things together and designate a spot (corner of a room, etc.) for each group. It’s not easy, but remember it will all get done in due time! Thanks for the chance to win- paper piecing is on my “to- learn” list and this looks like it has a lot of fun projects!

  29. Posted March 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    My favourite home organization tip is the One Touch Rule. When tidying, I try to touch objects only once. Instead of bringing the mail in and sitting it on the counter, I immediately go through it, sort & recycle. Or if taking dishes to the kitchen, they go directly into the dishwasher instead of having a stay on the counter. It’s a little OCD, but I think it saves time and generally looks tidier. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  30. Jenny
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I want to make the view master! Love a book with great photos, helps a newbie like myself.
    We are in the process of packing to move as well. I am doing as much as possible to pack a room at a time. I also bought tissue paper from the dollar store to wrap breakable items since bubble wrap can get expensive.

  31. Vicki H
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    The book looks amazing. I would get a donation box to have handy and as you come across items you no longer will need, put them in it.

  32. Ann D
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I am having fun seeing all the different blocks. I enjoy paper piecing and I’m happy to have a chance to win the book.

  33. Lisa Marie
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    This book looks like a lot of fun!

  34. speechlaura
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    That layer cake block is adorable.

  35. Sandy K
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I am loving the hop. I haven’t moved in about 30 years and hope I don’t have to.

  36. Dot H
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    This is a great hop, I am enjoying everyone’s blocks. We last moved when my oldest got married, 37 years ago. I try to clear my house of items to the kids.

  37. Posted March 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Would like to learn paper piecing. After looking at all the blocks I really plan to start doing one.

  38. Misty S.
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    This is such a cool book! My favorite organization/moving tip is that when you’re packing up your closet leave your clothes on the hangers and just put a big trash bag under them and tie it up–that way you don’t have to take down and fold then take out and rehang later.

  39. Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    This book looks like it has so many cool patterns! Best of luck with your move. My best suggestion for organization is to get rid of as many things as possible. The less you have, the less you have to organize!

  40. duchick
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    TWO moves in 9 months?? You poor thing! I’ve been married almost 32 years and have only lived in 2 homes! One organization tip I’d share that works for me is to label my spice containers with a fine point marker on the top, then alphabetize them in the drawer. Easy to find every time!

  41. Kimberley Barrett
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely block and giveaway – thanks! If you wrap your dishes in some sheets, you don’t need to wash the newsprint off your dishes and your dishes are super easy to find. :-)

  42. Deb
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to try out paper piecing. To me it’s seems one of the hardest aspects of quilting.

  43. ronnie
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I think the couch is adorable. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  44. suzanprincess
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Those look like such fun blocks–could be my introduction to paper piecing!

  45. Linda Webster
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Number each box as you pack and in a small notebook beside the number write down exactly what is in that box. It will greatly speed up your unpacking.

  46. Kathy Davis
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I lover to paper piece!

  47. Rosalind Gutierrez
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Reduce clutter, keep the necessities or fabric and sewing supplies will take over. I need this lesson myself.

  48. quilterpt
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I have lived in my home for 25 years and the best organization tip I can give you is to marry someone who likes to expel. I am sure I would have a lot more stuff if my dh wasn’t so ready to get rid of it all the time.

  49. Posted March 25, 2015 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I’m anxious to see more of this book, thanks for a chance to win a copy. b.j.day68@gmail.com

  50. Diane Paul
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    My best organizational tip is to watch a few episodes of one of the hoarding shows. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can get rid of, the one exception being fabric.

  51. Katy M
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Love the look of this book :) I fold my duvet covers up and put them along with pillow cases inside one of the pillow cases (does that make sense?) then you
    just have to grab one case and everything’s ready to go – no hunting for stray matching parts!
    x

  52. Joy
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Moving is such a big job. Detailed labeling of boxes is a must. Some of them may not need to be unpacked right away. To keep your home looking tidy do these things first, then other chores as time permits: Make your bed. Wash the dishes. Pick up and put away stray items.
    Thanks for the chance of winning a digital version of this book.

  53. Posted March 25, 2015 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Pack your plates and bowls with styrofoam plates between them in the big plastic bins. As someone who has moved too many times, I can tell you my dishes have never arrived broken (even Grandma’s fine china). We have always used our towels to wrap photo frames and have had great luck with those arriving safely also. Good luck on the moves! My least favorite thing to do!! Thanks for the chance to win the book. It looks like fun! thothwife@sbcglobal.net

  54. Posted March 25, 2015 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I had a chance to see this book and oh my there are some amazing and adorable things in it! I want to make the paper doll dress for my sister! She would sit and cut out my paper dolls when I was a little girl…

  55. Lori
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Would LOVE a copy of this book! Thank you! Label, label, label…

  56. Posted March 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve recently been into paper piecing and I love the vintage feel of a lot of these blocks. My best home organization tip is meal planning. Seems like a pain, but I HATE it when my family asks what’s for dinner. I like to post my plans so they can see them, but I rarely do them in order, I just pick what I’m in the mood to make.

  57. MarianneMarianne
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I sort of stay ready and de-cluttered to move by going through the house and giving away or selling unused items.

  58. Margaret Andrews
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    My tip for reorganizing the clutter is to let my husband do it! He’s happy and I don’t have to do it. Love the book!

  59. Bess Bauer
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Wow, the book looks sooooo fun. I want to make a claw foot block for my mom who has always had a claw foot tub. I’m new to quilting and have never paper pieced but I’m always up for trying something new especially if it is so cute.

  60. Rachel
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Frequent mover here. get rid of the clutter. No one wants to unpack and put away the worn out shoes and towels. Put away/display your most used/loved items and donate the rest!

  61. Sarah
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Best organization tip (which I need to follow better myself) — Throw it, give it, sell it!

  62. Paige
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Would love this book…I don’t envy you at all. Hope you get settled soon!

  63. Kathleen
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been seeing some beautiful blocks being made from this book. I’ve liked every one so far!

  64. Lauren aka Giddy99
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Would love this! My favorite moving/organization tip is a keep a notebook that is SPECIFIC to the move (or dedicate a few pages of a daily journal). In this, I number each box, and list the contents of each box in the notebook (as I’m packing them), so when I need to find something, I know where it is. Except for that last box… that seems to be the “junk drawer” of moving…

  65. Posted March 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Would love to win this book. I love paper-piecing and want to do more of it. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

  66. Ellen Ban
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I really need to learn how to paper piece! I love Penny’s designs!

  67. Cindy G.
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    My best home organizing tip is to label everything! This goes not only for the moving boxes (not only the room, but a general idea of the contents) but for the bins, tins, jars, baskets, and bags that will hold things when you unpack. It makes finding things easier (for everyone) and it makes putting things away easier, too!

  68. Adrienne
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I love this book! I want to make everything in it!

  69. Terry
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    My favorite way to organize is by using my label maker…makes finding what you need so much easier even when things are in see-through containers.

  70. Posted March 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Like the rest of the world, I’m working on the KonMari system from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. We’re gearing up to move in a couple months and I’ve reduced a huge chunk of unnecessary stuff. When we actually make our moves, before I unpack the kitchen, I make a diagram of the cabinets, and spend a little while thinking about what should go where. I also reserve the right to rearrange after a couple months, once I’ve worked in the space for a while.

    Also, I pack picture frames and stuff layered with clothes and towels and…umm..fabric. Less newspaper to recycle!

  71. Posted March 27, 2015 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    This looks like a really great book!

  72. Anita
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    We have a two story house, so there is always something that needs to go upstairs. I make a pile on the landing to the stairs and scoop it up on my way upstairs.

  73. Teresa Alcántara López
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the giveaway. I purge well before packing so I don’t carry extra weight.

  74. Suzi
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win a copy! We just moved across the country and totally agree with so many people who’ve already said get rid of the excess items. Where does it comes from?!

  75. Jenny
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    My son had so much in his loft and nowhere to bring it down to in his tiny house. He rented a storage unit for a few weeks and gradually sorted and packed and took everything to the unit. When it came to the move the removal company went to the unit first and then collected from the house. Luckily they moved to a much bigger house and this one had a garage. jennylarking at gmail dot com.

  76. Kathy h
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Looks like fun designs. I love to paper piece, such perfect points. My only moving tip is don’t make boxes too heavy and label clearly.

  77. Posted March 28, 2015 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Great book! As I moved from a sailboat to an appartment, my organization tip would be: bring with you only what you NEED, yes I know it’s hard, but no need to have 20 plates if you are just the two of you, donate clothes you didn’t wear these 2 last years, and keep all souvenirs!
    fredbisimail at gmail dot com

  78. Nancy
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Looking to make Pot Holders from some of the patterns…………they are so cute for Retro or Mod looks!

  79. Lisa E
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I agree… that retro couch is adorable!! Love it. Good luck on your move!

  80. Johanna
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Organizing isn’t much fun. I found that I clean out my things by item, I get rid of more junk. My shoes tend to be in several places, so I make more progress if I gather them up so I know what I really have.

  81. Kelly O.
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    in our last move we realized we had moved the same set of boxes 3 times and never opened them…. my suggestion is do away with things you haven’t used since 3 moves ago 😉

  82. Christine
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a very cool and interesting book! Good luck moving!

  83. Posted March 29, 2015 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    I love paper piecing, even thought i have to re-learn it every time I do it. Best of luck with you moves!

  84. Lee
    Posted March 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Love the retro couch block! Label, label is my tip for moving!

  85. Posted March 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Love to paper piece but haven’t done any in a while.

  86. Cassandra
    Posted March 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Not an organizing tip per se, but if you haven’t read it yet, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo is a hoot and helpful. Good luck with the move!

  87. catskillquilter
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    I love your birthday cake table topper idea for birthday celebrations! So festive!

  88. Janequiltsslowly
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I really love the couch block & many others in this book, too cute. We have just moved out of our house for a major remodel & my son helped us by numbering all the boxes and doing a short description in an inventory list for everything that is now in storage. I hope this will help with the unpacking.

  89. Posted March 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    This books looks intriguing. I’m curious to see what other blocks are contained within it. Favorite organizing tip: keep only what makes you smile and feel a warm glow inside — others can be replaced easily and perhaps they will be replaced with something better, or if not, it clears more room in your home for other items that touch your heart and soul.

  90. Posted March 31, 2015 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win. For an organizing tip my only tip would be to label label label.

  91. Karen Ann
    Posted March 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    So many fun patterns…..would love to make the sewing machine organizer!!

  92. Posted March 31, 2015 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I’d sew love to win a copy of this book thanks for the chance.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  93. Posted March 31, 2015 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to take a look at this book! I’m a beginner paper piecer but these patterns look adorable. It’s not quite home organization, but my biggest tip would be to do meal planning each week!

  94. Posted April 2, 2015 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I’d love this book! For home organization before a move I wood do the KonMari Method for tidying up. Basically take each object before you pack it and decide if it brings you joy. If not, say thank you to the object for being there for you up until now and give it away or throw it away. This book? It would bring me joy.

  95. Tracy T.
    Posted April 2, 2015 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Super cute patterns!

  96. Alexandra
    Posted April 2, 2015 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Looks like a lovely book.

  97. /
    Posted April 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Not sure I have a very good organization tip, but love the book!

  98. Stacy
    Posted April 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have any good tips…need them myself! Thanks for the giveaway

  99. mumbird3
    Posted April 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    LOOKS LIKE A TERRIFIC BOOK – LOVE TO PAPER PIECE!

  100. mumbird3
    Posted April 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    The layer cake looks good enough to eat! This is a terrific book! My fingers are crossed! (hard to type like tooo…… LOL)

  101. Becki Pope
    Posted April 9, 2015 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    What a cool book! I have been looking at paper piecing. I have never tried and it looks very interesting!

  102. Tatiana
    Posted April 9, 2015 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Lovely designs! I love the ideas! :) The book is great!

  103. Karen
    Posted April 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    What a great giveaway. Would love this one! Totally unorganized!!

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