I was right. It built serious skills. I used a bundle curated by Red Pepper Quilts with some additions from my stash and got to work each month. I fell behind in the spring and caught up again in the summer, only to completely stop when the fall got really busy.
Truth is, there was something else stopping me from finishing these blocks. And considering we're almost in month five of 2014, I know I need to get with it and finish this project.
See, three of the blocks involve paper piecing. It was something I had never done before and wanted to try. My first attempt was disappointing and frustrating. The piecing wasn't bad until I had to attach the pieces to get crisp points. After three attempts I pretty much gave up.
Back in the saddle again! I've tackled the October block first because it is only partially paper pieced. I got lots of tips from quilty friends A and C and I dove in.
|Templates cut, fabric picked and cut to size. Deep breaths.|
|I stitched using a 1.4 length stitch. It seemed to be the perfect length for paper piecing.|
|The points came out great. Now time to attach it to the non-paper pieced centre.|
|Ta da! Not too shabby! The points are very pointy and I didn't want to cry.|
How do you feel about paper piecing?