When the team at Paper Pieces met with Sheri from Whole Circle Studio last fall, we were excited about her Paper Pieced Typeset idea, so it was naturally a “yes” when she invited us to be a part of her blog tour.

When I started searching for the fabric for this project, I had a specific vision in mind. I knew I wanted flowers, and something calm but cheerful. As I sorted through the fabrics, I struggled with the idea of cutting into the cloth. I do not feel alone in this dilemma- we all have fabrics from designers that we love and collect, but it sits in a pristine stack because we are unable to cut into it!

Don’t get me wrong: I love a good fussy-cut, but I have trouble slicing through beautiful areas to get to a single motif. I chose two Alison Glass fabrics, “Grow” from her 2016 Sunprint Collection in two different color ways, and “Sunshine” from her Seventy-Six Collection (Andover Fabrics). The organic blend of flowers, moths, and bugs was exactly what I was looking for. The interconnected nature of the pattern provided me the perfect challenge for this project: I wanted to piece the print back together so that the print was preserved in the final block.

I am pleased with the result. The bold contrast of colors works well with the simple text of Typecast. Through careful cutting and piecing, I was able to maintain the beauty of the print, and it created a subtlety that is only recognized up close. It was so simple using the acrylic templates! If you would like to try this too, you can find free downloadable instructions for the here.

I finished the project by mounting batting and lightweight canvas to stretcher bars and used a blind stitch to attach the block to the background. This is a quick and easy method for framing your work, and a great way to quickly finish and display blocks or mini quilts. I prefer to use a fabric background or a lighter weight canvas because painter’s canvas can tough to stitch through- the batting gives it just enough padding to keep the wood from poking through the corners, and you can easily hand-quilt accents once it is framed.

This would make a great personalized gift for a swap or for a quilting friend!

The Typecast pattern and complete Paper Piece pack are available from Whole Circle Studio (https://shop.wholecirclestudio.com/typecast). In addition, Paper Pieces offers a Complete Acrylic Template Set, plus each of the letters a la carte here (https://www.paperpieces.com/Typecast-Assorted-Alphabet-Letters-Acrylics). This is a great option if you only one to make a few letters, or if you would like to spell out something specific.

TYPECAST OF CHARACTERS BLOG TOUR hosted by Whole Circle Studio:

  1. Wednesday, March 27th — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Typecast of Characters Tour Introduction at Whole Circle Studio |
  2. Monday, April 1st — A: Kate Brennan of Aurifil | auribuzz.wordpress.com
  3. Tuesday, April 2nd — B: Mathew Bourdreaux of Mister Domestic| misterdomestic.net
  4. Wednesday, April 3rd — C: Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle | weftyneedle.com
  5. Thursday, April 4th — D: Leah Day of Free Motion Quilting Project | freemotionproject.com
  6. Friday, April 5th — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Weekly Feature A-D at Whole Circle Studio blog.wholecirclestudio.com
  7. Monday, April 8th — E: Erin Bay of Paper Pieces | paperpieces.com/blog
  8. Tuesday, April 9th — F: Sylvia Schaefer of Flying Parrot Quilts | flyingparrotquilts.com
  9. Wednesday, April 10th — G: Giuseppe Ribaudo of Guicy Giuce | instagram.com/giucy_giuce/
  10. Thursday, April 11th — H: Hilary Jordan of By Hilary Jordan | byhilaryjordan.com
  11. Friday, April 12th — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Weekly Feature E-H at Whole Circle Studio| blog.wholecirclestudio.com
  12. Monday, April 15th— I: Kim Soper of Leland Ave Studios | lelandavestudios.com
  13. Tuesday, April 16th — J: Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl | quiltingjetgirl.com
  14. Wednesday, April 17th — K: Karen O'Conner of Lady K Quilts | ladykquiltsdesigns.com
  15. Thursday, April 18th — L: Kristy Daum of St. Louis Victorian | stlouisfolkvictorian.com
  16. Friday, April 19th — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Weekly Feature I-L at Whole Circle Studio | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
  17. Monday, April 22nd — M: Molli Sparkles of Molli Sparkles | mollisparkles.com
  18. Tuesday, April 23rd — N: Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft | modernhandcraft.com
  19. Wednesday, April 24th — O: Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios | bluenickelstudios.com
  20. Thursday, April 25th — P: Pat Sloan of Pat Sloan | blog.patsloan.com
  21. Friday, April 26th — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Weekly Feature M-P at Whole Circle Studio| blog.wholecirclestudio.com
  22. Monday, April 29th — Q: Joanna Marsh of Kustom Kwilts | kustomkwilter.com
  23. Monday, April 29th — Q: Lindsay Széchényi of Lindsay Széchényi | instagram.com/patchworkthreads
  24. Tuesday, April 30th — R: Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop | 3rdstoryworkshop.com
  25. Wednesday, May 1st— S: Sarah Thomas of Sariditty | sariditty.com
  26. Thursday, May 2nd — T: Rachel Rossi of Rachel Rossi | rachelrossi.design/blog
  27. Friday, May 3rd — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Weekly Feature Q-T at Whole Circle Studio | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
  28. Monday, May 6th — U: Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter | nightquilter.com
  29. Tuesday, May 7th — V: Jenn McMillan of Fabric, Inc. | fabricink.ca
  30. Wednesday, May 8th — W: Jennie Meeker of Bobbin Roulette Studio | bobbinroulettestudio.com
  31. Thursday, May 9th — X: Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety | modernsewciety.com
  32. Friday, May 10th — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Weekly Feature U-X at Whole Circle Studio | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
  33. Monday, May 13th — Y: Debby Brown of Debby Brown Quilts | higheredhands.blogspot.com
  34. Tuesday, May 14th — Z: Nisha Bouri and Kim Martucci of Brimfield Awakening | brimfieldawakening.com
  35. Wednesday, May 15th — Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Tour Wrap Up and Giveaway! at Whole Circle Studio | blog.wholecirclestudio.com