Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Toaster Pieced + Free Japan Pattern

Kitchen Block for Penny ~ Ringo Pie ~

I've been totally in a 'paper-piecing' mode. It's like
my brain is functioning to paper-piece everything I see.
If I see anything easily-paper-piecable, I start thinking
about diving into sections and numbering pieces.
It has been so much fun to design, to think about how to
piece, and to actually complete the project. Tons of fun.

This toaster block was made for Penny (of course!) for
Ringo Pie patchwork bee. She asked for all things kitcheny
which got me really excited! You know I am crazy about
the kitchen theme! I could think of so many things to
paper-piece, but I decided to make a toaster, just because
I thought a toaster with Penny's name on it would be quirky
and silly. I had a pretty good idea of colors and types of
fabric she likes so it was fun picking fabrics for this.

This design was based on the applique template I made
for the kitchen towels in the current issue of Stitch
magazine. I just made all curvy lines straight to make
the piecing process a lot easier. I just can't tackle curves!

Japan in Japanese pattern

This idea crossed my mind yesterday. Now that many people
are working on quilts to be donated for the disaster
relief efforts in Japan, maybe someone would want to
include a block that says Japan in Japanese. Usually,
Japanese characters are a LOT more complicated than
alphabets, but when it comes to the word Japan,
a Japanese version might be a quite bit easier than
alphabets to piece because there are no curves.

I wouldn't mind at all if you used this for any other
purposes too. Maybe you just want to try out an easy
paper-piecing pattern. Or you might want to make a
mug rug for your friend in Japan or whatever.

It is not the most exciting pattern, I know, but
hopefully someone can find a use for it.. :)
Feel free to post pictures here if you made anything with it.

Download the PDF here or here

Thank you for visiting!


  1. I loved doing your dish towel in Stitch. It was so fun! I love the idea of this being a mug rug. Japan stays in my prayers! It's so sad to think the village I lived in as child does not exists anymore.

  2. Thank you for this! My friend loved her mug rug - thanks again.

  3. You seriously never cease to amaze me--who else could make a quilted toaster? :)

  4. THANKS!!! I JUST paper pieced my first thing (a rooster) and am already looking for MORE!!! "JAPAN" will be SO perfect!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  5. o m g! This is AMAZING!!!! You are seriously incredible at foundation piecing!!!!

  6. NIce toast, I like it very much! It must be all that inspiration from the exhibition you showed us!

  7. I know what you mean about paperpiecing- it is like wearing piecing goggles- everything you see has lines on and you are working out where the seams go! Japan pieced pattern is very useful too

  8. Ayumi..very your toaster and your Japan piecings!

  9. Fantastic block - you are so talented!
    Thank you for the Japan pieced pattern - that is a good idea.
    ; )

  10. Applause, applause. the PENNY toaster is incredible! Your ideas are so inspiring, Ayumi.

  11. thanks for your present.

  12. Amazing toaster. If it were for me it would have to be burned. I wish I could visualize, as you do, the paper piecing process. Perhaps you could address that some time in your blog- how you translate an idea in your brain to paper. I am in awe. I have sort of toyed with the idea of doing an accessories paper pieced quilt for my uber fashionable daughter- purses, shoes, hats, etc. But I am totally stuck for patterns.

    And the Japan pattern is awesome.

  13. Thank you so much everyone!

    It really helps if you google images of something you want to make a pattern for. What I usually do is to find an image online that I really like, enlarge the image on photoshop, trace lines using straight lines, and decide how to go with piecing. If you choose designs with a few curvy lines, it's pretty easy to do foundation piecing :)

  14. I think Penny is going to squeal in delight. I don't know if you could do a better job. That toaster makes me wish my name was Penny too! Oh my goodness!!!

    Thank you for the Japan pattern and for explaining how you make all the magic happen. I wish you could on online class to teach people how to make their own paper piecing patterns. Yours have great shape and don't look contrived like some patterns do.

  15. Toast! Who would have thought it! Love it!

  16. I love your toast! Especially because my sig on my iPhone says "Sent from my toaster oven". Thank you for the Japan in Japanese paper piecing. I love that so much. Love, love, love!

  17. OH MY!!! What a darling block!! So very impressive - with letters even!!!!! :) Thanks for the smile!

  18. love love the toaster ayumi! you've outdone yourself again!

  19. Thanks, Ayumi, for the info. I will give it a try, tho I don't have photoshop but I can use a copier.

  20. Hello, there!
    I'm Laila, from Brazil, and I have to say that I REALLY love your blog and tutorials!
    I always pass by here to see your work but I never leave a comment... Sorry, I'm kinda shy!


    PS: I'd like to ask if I can share your link in my blog... Can I?

  21. Oh so cute!! I love how paper piecing works and your toaster is a perfect piece! Thank you also for sharing your talent!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    ...trying to get some fav blog reads in before the new work week!

  22. Got my copy of Stitch today & knew that tote on the cover had to be yours - loved all your projects in there this month! Amazing!

  23. Thank you, everyone!

    What a lovely comment! Thank you! I didn't know that the mag is out already! I haven't gotten my copy yet! Can't wait to see it!

  24. Oh my gosh! That toaster is fab-u-lous. Beyond fabulous. Rock on, Ayumi!

  25. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u


  26. Nice post.Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful!


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