Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Retro Utensils

I am rather fortunate to have been given another opportunity to test a paper pieced pattern by Kristy at Quiet Play.  Kristy has designed a wonderful series of retro blocks, including this retro stove that will soon appear in her online shop. I tested these fabulous retro utensils!
Retro Utensils
The block is looking a little stiff in the photo as I am yet to remove the backing paper. I think I'll leave it on until I am ready to sew it up as part of a larger project. I'm toying with the idea of either a small quilt or a pot holder. For now, it is in the orphan block box until I am a little more certain of it's future!

Kristy is very good at designing paper pieced blocks. Her patterns are very clear and if there is more than one way to put a block together, Kristy chooses to do it the easiest and most logical way.

I really like retro fabrics and items and was excited to dig around in my scraps to find some that I thought would suit the block. The background is a fabric called 'Flock' that I was fortunate to receive from Quilt Jane. It was a bit of a gamble as to whether or not I had enough, but I took the risk and was able to squeeze out the block with only one section that had to be covered using two smaller pieces of fabric (so one extra seam - see if you can spot it!).


My question for you is this: What do you call this particular utensil in your part of the world?

10 comments:

  1. I have always called it an egg flipper but a lot of people call it a spatula. I grew up in Melbourne. Vicki

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    1. My mum calls it an egg slice (but she was born and raised in Canada which might account for it!).

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  2. Love it - it turned out so well. Great fabric choices too!

    We call it a spatula too!

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    1. I look forward to making another at some point. One of the things that I love about paper piecing is that it lends itself to a piecemeal approach; do a bit, leave it, come back and easily pick it up again right where you left off. Thanks again for the opportunity to try it!

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  3. Spatula!

    Love the block, but can't find the extra seam! Oh, there it is, right in the middle, near the top of the centre spoon ... isn't it??

    I don't know how you managed to complete this without tearing your hair out!! Look at how skinny some of those pieces are!!

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  4. Yes - that's the extra seam! Ah, the beauty of paper piecing - put a big piece of fabric over the area to be covered, sew a seam and trim down to a teeny little pieced bit!

    I grew up thinking a spatula was for scraping out mixing bowls after making biscuits!

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  5. Ummm, yes, it's that too!!

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  6. I love it!!! It would be a great wall hanging or put in a larger quilt.

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    1. Thanks Beth. Kristy's patterns are fabulous - I particularly love her retro themed blocks. I'm leaning towards putting this in a larger quilt (though I think this is so that I have an excuse to put it aside for now while I finish up some other things!).

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