Thursday, October 24, 2013

Honey, Honey pattern testing

I recently finished testing a new paper-pieced pattern. The pattern is called "Honey, Honey," and it was designed by Esther. Here is the pillow she made and showed on her blog.

For my version, I decided to go with different black prints for the background, and two shades of pink/fuchsia for the honeycombs.  I like to pre-cut my fabric pieces for foundation piecing, especially any large pieces that end up around the outside edges. I printed up a couple extra copies of the foundations and cut them up into the various parts. These pieces have extra wide seam allowances added, and they include arrows to indicate grainlines. Then I used those as my patterns for cutting my fabrics.

Here are all of my pre-cut fabric pieces, ready to begin piecing.

I don't have any photos of the process while I was piecing the blocks. I like to use the "Add-A-Quarter" tool for trimming away excess fabric. It makes getting the next piece lined up correctly much easier. I'm sure there are YouTube videos or other tutorials on using this tool.

Piecing the segments went quite smoothly. Esther's pattern was clear and easy to follow. I had a little trouble when it was time to join the segments together because my foundations had printed up at slightly different sizes, which made it difficult to get my seams to match precisely. However, I think I managed to persuade it all to behave, and I am very happy with the result. 

My finished piece has 4 blocks and measures 20" x 20". I may make it into a pillow, or add a border for a wallhanging. Esther's pattern includes variations for more blocks, including one with a great corner effect. That will be my next version if I decide to make this pattern again. 

Congratulations to Esther on this fabulous pattern. I am so glad I got to be one of the first people to try it out! For more of her amazing designs, check out her blog or go to her Craftsy store.

I am linking up to the Paper Piecing Party at Quiet Play and to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.. I look forward to seeing this week's inspiring group of projects.

Julie in GA


  1. Just gorgeous! Such a clever pattern and you chose gorgeous fabrics for it!

  2. Fantastic! I've never seen this pattern before.

  3. Asome! Love it! Great fabric choice!

  4. Hello Julie!
    Your quilt top is just wonderful I am mightely impressed by the different background fabrics! I love it!!!
    Thank you for being a tester on this pattern!
    Lots of hugs,

  5. I've not done a lot of paper piecing, but I always do better if I precut the pieces before assembly. Your interpretation of the pattern is so dramatic. It turned out beautifully!

  6. I love the colors you chose. I was a tester as well, but mine looks so different because of the colors we chose are so different. I have to say, I like yours better than mine. =)

    It was a great pattern, wasn't it? And I do something similar about pre-cutting my fabric. So much easier. Love to see how you did yours.

  7. what an interesting pattern. I love P. Piecing
    LeeAnna Paylor


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