Here's a little paper-pieced something I did last night:
It's from a pattern by Carolyn Friedlander called Shirts. I coveted the pattern for a while and then bought it and it has been sitting around for the last 6 months or so waiting for some attention. I fell in love with the idea of doing SOMETHING with this pattern because my husband is rather known for wearing Hawaiian shirts--the louder and crazier the better. And I have so many fun vibrant fabrics in small amounts that I never seem to know how to quite make the best use of. So this pattern seemed destined to be a terrific solution for something to quilt/sew that is related to or might be enjoyed by my husband (who generally has no interest in my hobby except to try to feign interest and show support from time to time) and will allow me to really showcase some gorgeous louder patterned fabrics that I often find hard to use in other projects.
So I finally got 'er started. (Whatever "her" is--still have no idea what the ultimate finished project is here.) The finished block size is rather small, I think it's just a 6" finished block. So not only is the paper piecing a little finicky for me (I am just a beginner at paper piecing), but it would take an awful lot of these little shirts to make a quilt of any size. So I think I'm going to enlarge the pattern and try making a few of different sizes and see if I'm still happy with it. But other than the size (which is just personal preference of course), I love the way this turned out and the pattern was extremely clear.
So thanks to Carolyn Friedlander and I'll post more shirts as they are completed.