New FPP Pattern – Fructose (sugar) molecule

I’d like to introduce my latest Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) pattern: a fructose molecule! This is the form of sugar found naturally in food like fruit and vegetables. It’s what makes these foods sweet, so I turned it into a geeky twist on the ‘home sweet home’ phrase.

Fructose Mini Quilt

The pattern includes templates for a 12″ finished fructose molecule to use however you wish (perhaps with my serotonin molecule pattern?). It also includes FPP patterns for the letters in ‘home’ sized to go with the 12″ pattern if you want to make a ‘home sweet home’ project like mine. My FPP patterns generally include 1/2″ seam allowance (standard for most quilted pieces), as well as an extra 1/2″ for trimming. This means the fructose pattern makes a 13″ x 9″ piece, which should be trimmed down to 12.5″ before being used with other elements (such as the HOME letters) and will finish at 12″ wide.

Home Sweet Home pillow
Fructose Pillow made by @charliemarmalade

The pattern includes instructions for embroidering the chemical components around the molecule. These are required to clearly define what the molecule is for real chemists, but even without them the pattern is fun and science-y (and most of my chemist friends still recognized it as a sugar).

Chemistry Quilt

Solids or near solids really let the structure of the molecule shine in this pattern. I used fabric I screen printed myself for the letters, and cotton + steel for the binding. As always, you can find this fructose pattern along other geeky patterns in my craftsy pattern shop. What other molecules would you like to see?

Graduation Dress

Back in may, we went back to Texas for graduation. Of course I made a new dress (and a matching now tie for Eddie!). I’ve said for a while that my favorite sewing projects are making dresses and foundation paper piecing (FPP), so I finally got around to making an FPP project part of a dress!

I love paper piecing and dresses…so I finally put them together for my graduation dress 🎓💃Drafting the pattern around darts and zippers was a new challenge! Eddie got a matching bow tie which peeked out over his robe before we got hooded 😀

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Let me back up a minute. If you haven’t been following along with me long, you may not know that my husband and I have been in engineering graduate school at Texas A&M for the past several years. We defended our research in the fall, but didn’t have our graduation ceremony until May. We both started new jobs in Ohio in January so had been up here for a while, but went back to Texas for graduation, to see family, and to eat all of the tex-mex.

Aggie Dinosaur Dress

The main bones of this dress are yet another Emery dress, but with a rounded collar, pleated skirt, and some tweaks I’ve made to the bodice over my last several versions including lengthening the bodice and adjusting the arm scythes to fit me a bit better. And, you know, a giant paper pieced Texas A&M logo on the back. More info on making that pattern at the end, if you’re interested!

Dinosaur Dress

The fabrics are both Lizzy House quilting cotton fabrics – Dinosaurs from Natural History in a maroon color and the Scheherazade print from her new whisper palette line of low volume fabrics. The timing of this dress worked out really conveniently to be an entry in the Lizzy House dress contest – check out the #lizzyhousedresscontest hashtag on instagram to see some other amazing clothing with her fabrics.

Aggie Graduation Dress

This is the third dress I’ve made with this dinosaur print in different colors – check out my purple dino dress and my knit aqua dino dress! I’ve also made a series of dinosaur paper piecing patterns some of which were inspired by dinos in this print – feel free to also check out my recent jurassic park pillow and the quilt pattern featuring all 9 dinosaurs.

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While undergraduates are sorted alphabetically by last name but separated by departments, the doctoral graduates in the college of engineering are all together by last name – so Eddie and I were able to sit next to each other during the ceremony even though we’re in different departments. My dress was hidden under our gowns during the ceremony, but Eddie’s bow tie peeked out over his perfectly until we put on our hoods.

dress paper pieced pattern

Making the FPP pattern: I make lots of FPP patterns, but this one was a new challenge since it needed to include space for darts and a zipper. I printed out an image of the block ATM logo, then traced it onto a copy of my back bodice Emery dress pattern on freezer paper. The logo was fairly convenient in that I was able to pick a good size such that the ‘T’ fit under the back neck darts, and the back waist darts only needed to be moved a slight bit to fit in the middle of the ‘A’ & ‘M’. I traced the ‘T’ and inner sides of the ‘A’ & ‘M’, then angled the logo I was tracing across the center of the waist darts for the outer sides of the ‘A’ & ‘M’. I then drew out my paper piecing pattern, and copied the templates to additional pieces of freezer paper for the actual piecing. I paper pieced the center sections, then traditionally pieced the outer sections with rough templates for angles and lots of extra room for trimming. Finally, I lined up the bodice patterns with the original FPP patterns on top of the fabric making sure the design lined up and cut out the back bodice pieces. Sewing the darts was a little tricky with all those seam allowances, but it turned out really well!

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Dress Specs:

Pattern: Emery Dress by Christine Haynes
Modifications: rounded collar, pleated skirt, paper pieced logo on back bodice, and minor adjustments included lengthening bodice and adjusting armscythe.
Size: 6.
Fabric: Lizzy House Dino Exhibit in Red and Scheherazade in Cloud.

Texas A&M Century Tree

Bunny Paper Pieced Pattern

There’s another new pattern in my Craftsy FPP pattern store!

Paper Pieced Bunny Pattern

This bunny pattern is available here. The pattern includes templates for 12″x12″ and 18″x18″ blocks. I made it for the Andover booth at Quilt Market to go along with my unicorn pillow.

Paper Pieced Rabbit
Block by @nwquiltedcat

This is a pretty beginner-friendly paper piecing pattern, with only 11 sections, all of which are fairly simple. I’m working on a sheet of paper piecing tips to include with my patterns, but two that would be really helpful here would be to cut out background fabric for the big one-piece sections first and to tape large pieces that aren’t well attached to their sections to the paper.

Rabbit FPP Pattern

Block by @alchemytea

I had the pattern tested by several people, and I love how the different fabric value placements turned out. They’re each linked under the photos of their blocks. A big thanks for all their feedback and being willing to test the pattern out!

Foundation Paper Pieced Rabbit Pattern

Block by @sliceofpilife

I’m working on a few more new patterns, and on a paper piecing tips list to include with my patterns, so stay tuned! If you want to know when those are available, follow me here or on instagram as @stars_sunshine.

Foundation Paper Pieced Bunny
Block by @lisasquiltshop