It’s funny how things work out. The way life’s puzzle pieces always end up fitting together. I first designed the Love Story Pattern for my class at the Swapaholics Retreat last September. Amy Sinibaldi was also teaching and her debut fabric line, Paperie, had not yet been announced when I was prepping for the retreat.
Flash forward a few months to 2016. I’m amping up my pattern in preparation for release and Amy invites me to join her Paperie Blog Tour. I think you’ll see that her fabric and this pattern go together like sprinkles and donuts. And not that pink hearts are ONLY for Valentine’s day, but what perfect timing, wouldn’t you say?
As usual, I had trouble wrangling in all my ideas. I did know for certain that first I wanted to make my Undercover Maker Mat (download the free pattern here) using the 5″ Love Story block in place of the butterfly charm block used on the original. This mat is such a fun and useful project that sews up quick and lets you showcase your favorite fabrics.
I decided to make the secondary pockets on this one in solid prints, rather than the selvedges, so I could really show off the line.
I was torn between using the texty print or the hearts for the main body of the mat, but now that it’s all finished, I don’t know how it was even a question. The text is just perfect and the strip of hearts pieced in just plain makes me happy!
I then carried the heart print over to the removable thread catcher by piecing a strip into the front and using it on the lining. I think it really just balances it all out perfectly.
I used a delicate pink chevron trim on the pocket panel and added a bit of crochet lace on the secondary pocket – in true Amy style!
Thanks to the expert advice my official quilter, Sari, I went with a large chevron pattern for the quilting on the mat body. It echos the seams of the heart block perfectly (thank you very much) and also ties in the trim. I used a pale pink Aurifil thread that gives it just the tiniest hint of color and I couldn’t love it more!
I kept trying to find a way to use this pretty aqua trim on the pocket panel, but it just felt overpowering. It did, however, work out perfectly for the side ties!
So, what do you think? Is this mat your style? I’ll be giving it away on Instagram next week (and a bundle of fabric!), so stay tuned for that!
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Another idea that I just knew I had to run with was designing an X block that coordinated with Love Story. Like Xs and Os, but with a cute heart instead! I’m calling it Cross my Heart and you can download it for free here.
I thought it would be an adorable mini quilt with 4 blocks in a large square, or as a set of pillows (or a two sided pillow!) or a table runner, which is what I decided to make for my sample project.
My Love Story pattern includes two block designs – Poetry (the pink block) and Prose (the navy and white block). I wanted to showcase them both, along with the X, so I thought a little asymmetry would be fun! I used the 10″ blocks here, and the X pattern also includes a 5″ block (how about a set of heart and X coasters?!).
I love how striking the bold pops of pink and navy in this line are mixed with all the beautiful, soft low volumes. By random chance, I had a piece of my favorite chambray denim on my cutting table when I was feverishly trying to decide what to bind my runner with. It was a match made in heaven! The denim pairs so amazingly with this line, it started my mind racing with quilt ideas using Paperie and the new Art Gallery denim line that is coming out soon. SO EXCITED!
I’ll be sharing some design ideas and other fun Love Story projects (including a lap quilt pattern) here and on my Instagram feed over the next couple weeks. You can also check the hashtags #lovestorypattern and #crossmyheartpattern for more inspiration. As always, I can’t wait to see what you all create!
Be sure to check out all the other stops on the Paperie Blog Tour for all sorts of swoon worthy projects! You can find links and photos in Amy’s instagram feed and on her blog.
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Now I am in desperate need of a nap! So I will leave you with some more eye candy inspiration! Above is the original Love Story block as it was designed to fit my flex frame pouch project for the retreat.
For the pattern release, I squared off the block and made a coordinating reverse design where the heart is solid and the background is faceted instead. I love the possibilities this opens up for color play and layout ideas!
Here are just a few blocks that my amazing testers sewed up. I’ll be sharing their finished projects soon! You can pick up a copy of the pattern on sale for $6.50 now thru Valentine’s Day in my Payhip, Etsy or Craftsy shops.
happy stitching! ~nicole
20 thoughts on “Paperie Blog Tour + New Love Story Pattern”
Love what you created with Amy’s fabric line.So sweet.
Oh your Elna machine is beautiful. I have all old mechanical machines
Your mat is really pretty. I just adore this fabric.
I want to make this machine mat/cover for my 301A and 316G
I use them so much though, so it will probably be laid underneath most of the time.
Thank you Nicole for sharing your creativity
You are so welcome! I only sew with older mechanical machines as well. They are just so simple and easier to troubleshoot! All those computerized machines just scare me!
Nicole! I love that maker mat so much, I’m going to make one for sure. For sure. Thank you dear girl, everything you touch turns to gold. xo amy
Cute projects! Thanks for sharing.
Your mat looks DIVINE in paperie💕💕💕
I absolutely love your undercover maker mat and am so excited to make it myself…thank you for the pattern!
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Hi, love your machine mat ! It must be the prettiest ever! I want to make one too! Thank You for sharing !
Thanks so much for the free patterns!! Will use them with the Paperie fabric for sure!
Love your machine mat-want to make one too! ThankYou for sharing !
Thanks for the free patterns! I will use the Paperie fabric for these for sure!
I love the text print you used for the mat. The mat is on my list to do.
Love the mat done in paperie
Love your Maker Mat!!! The Gorgeous fabrics make it even more AWESOME! You are so Creative! thanks for sharing this, and your other projects too! I looove Hearts! 🙂
Ooohh! I LOVE your mat/cover! I’ve loved this fabric range and what you’ve done with it is simply perfect!
Nicole you do such beautiful work!😍 Your Undercover Maker Mat is fabulous and I plan to make one for my hard working sewing machine, thank you for the pattern😘💕
beautiful mat project and I adore those hearts, gotta have them ! and I know that the pattern will be great , thanks so much, I’m off to Craftsy.
Love your mat, it is pretty and functional. Love Amy’s fabrics too.