Nostalgia Twist · Paper Piecing · Piecing


Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

It’s been a busy month for me and I haven’t been able to get as much done as I would have liked.  I have however sewn a bit and I’d like to show you.

I’ve been working on the test pattern for Denise @ For the Love of Geese.  You should see her Minion quilt.  I think it’s the cutest thing.  The name of the pattern I’m testing is Nostalgia Twist.  Here is where I was the last time we talked about it.  And you can see my previous posts here and here.

Row 1

Since then I’ve been working on the next row of mountain blocks and I’ve finally got them finished.  I found these blocks easier than the geese because of the straight lines instead of diagonal ones.  Just the middle row was a bit difficult, after that it was a breeze.  See the stack of blocks.

Mountain Blocks

I also got them all together and laid them out where they will go on the quilt to get an idea of the look.  I’m please with the results so far.

Mountain row

The next blocks I have to make are block in a block.  I’ve made a small change to my foundation piecing technique.  I have been printing out the blocks on regular printer paper which is stiff and hard to remove so I made an Amazon purchase of newsprint paper that will go through the printer. So I’ve printed my next blocks on this and we will see if I like it.

Block in a block pattern

It’s been tremendously hot over here recently.  This weekend I hid indoors with the blinds and curtains closed so to keep it as cool inside as possible.  We had to cut grass and I thought I’d keel over at any moment.  I can’t wait for Fall to come, but it’s quite some time away.

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That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.



24 thoughts on “Progress

  1. Just a tip for you the next time you order newsprint. You can get a ream of it through Dick Blick Art Stores for just under $4. Cheaper than what I found on Amazon. That quilt is amazing!


  2. Hello Cherie; This quilt is just gorgeous! You are doing a spectacular job with putting this quilt together! It has been awhile since I have done any paper piecing, yet, I do remember that having the lightest paper was a great help! I hope you are pleased with your choice! I look forward to seeing more and reading more about your progress on this project! By the way, will you be keeping this quilt for yourself or do you think you will give it away as a gift? Have a fantastic, as cool as possible, day!


    1. Hi Brenda, I really don’t have a plan for this quilt yet.  It may be stashed away for a Christmas gift.  I made a couple blocks with the new paper this morning and it seems to be doing well.  I can’t wait until it’s time to remove the papers to see the difference.  I’ll try to stay cool.  That heat is miserable.   Best Regards,Cherie BurtonCherie’s Quilting Journey


  3. Hi Cherie! I have not done paper pieced blocks for ages, but that newsprint change of paper sounds like a great move. It will probably make your needle last longer, too. This project is just beautiful, and you are doing a great job on it. We have had four days of rain so I hid inside just to stay away from the monsoon and humidity. I, too, am looking forward to Fall arriving. Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Hi Roseanne, So far so good on the new paper.  I did have to try a couple printers before I found one that didn’t crumple it up and jam.  But I got it figured out.   Best Regards,Cherie BurtonCherie’s Quilting Journey

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    1. Hi Denise, Thanks, I couldn’t do it without you.  I’m getting used to this new paper.  I’m liking how the block is more flexible while the paper is still on.  Compared with the copy paper.  I hoping that switching paper during the quilt won’t cause me any problems later.   Best Regards,Cherie BurtonCherie’s Quilting Journey


  4. Oh I just love Delectable Mountains! Such a great choice for borders, and this quilt has such clean lines and sharp colours. I love it!


  5. Ugh! It’s been hot here too and I can’t wait for fall. So tired of this heat. Love the progress you are making on the test pattern! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.


    1. Hi Jennifer, Any relief from the heat would be grateful.  I’m just glad my air conditioner works good.  Even though my electric bill is sky high.  You got to pay to be comfortable.   Best Regards,Cherie BurtonCherie’s Quilting Journey


  6. Cherie, this quilt is going to be MAGNIFICENT!! Yes, I much prefer newsprint foundations for paper piecing, but there are other tricks to make it easier to get the papers off, too. Whether I’m using copy paper or newsprint, I use a larger than normal (size 90 Quilting) needle and I shorten my stitch length down to 1.5 when paper piecing, which means every line of stitching pokes larger holes closer together through my foundation paper. Much easier to remove. I think I got those tips from one of Carol Doak’s foundation paper piecing books.


    1. Hi Rebecca, Thanks for the helpful hints.  I had my stitch length at 1.8 but have since reduced it to 1.5 as per your advice.  I’m sure it works well when time to remove the papers but it’s not so fun if you have to rip it out.  I will also try your needle size next needle change that is probably ready now.  Right now I’m at a 75.  I’ll fix that next bobbin change.   Best Regards,Cherie BurtonCherie’s Quilting Journey


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