Friday, March 14, 2014

Badger Paper Piece Quilt Block

The nice big post about paper piecing and pattern testing for Tartankiwi seems to have gone the way of the world. It's hiding from me. In the mean time this badger is a paper pieced pattern that I tested a while ago.

If you get the chance to do pattern testing for someone I would recommend it. I have become a better paper piecer for having done it. While I had done some paper piecing before it was more along the lines of compass or mariners blocks. Those are fairly straight forward and all of the sections are exactly the same. Blocks like the flying geese circle or intricate ones were out of my comfort zone and seemed too difficult and intricate for me. I was intimidated by them and hesitated even trying to sew them. Testing for Tartankiwi made all the difference for me.

One day I saw on her blog a call for people to test her patterns. If there's one thing I had learned about paper piecing its that if you can sew on a line, you can make a block. So I volunteered myself. I like to stretch my boundaries and learn new things. It feels great having conquered something that seemed really hard or impossible.

By the time I tested this pattern I felt 100 % capable to sew it up with no problems or hesitation. It is a straight forward and easy block to sew up and I think he is so charming. I totally fell for him while I was sewing him together. I'd like to introduce you to him. Here's Boris the Badger.

If you'd like to make one, head on over to Tartankiwi.

Linking up to Quiet Play's paper piece Friday. 


  1. Hi Jennifer! I love your block! And I'm also heading on to Tartankiwi. PP is always off limits. You know, I don't have any spatial intelligence at all and I sort of mess up. Up or down. Front or back. And so on. Hahaha my best friend in the sewing room is my purple seamripper. XX

  2. so cute. The fussy cut eye is perfect.

  3. Hi!!!! Love your badger!!!! Too cute!!!! I also had a fun visit around your blog!!!! What a cute blog name!!!! Thank You

  4. Boris is fantastic! Started and stopped paper piecing with the Zakka Along but must start again...

  5. I love paper piecing too, your choice of fabrics....oh and the eye have made him look just adorable.

  6. This is one of my all time favourite interpretations of one of my patterns (and no, I'm not just saying that!) Thanks for being such a thoughtful and careful pattern tester.

    1. I have so loved testing your patterns, I love them and especially Boris :)

  7. Your block is really wonderful! You did a great job. I totally agree with you; if you can be a tester , please do! It is the best way to learn new skills!!!
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  8. Love it, and Juliet's patterns are fabulous!!

  9. What a cute badger, love the fabrics you used for his face

  10. He's lovely, great fabric choices. Well done for finding your confidence with paper piecing, it's a technique I learnt last year and really love.


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