This past Sunday I got some actual solid sewing time in and I used it to tackle the Take Wing pattern from Lilly Ella. I have seen the pattern all over Instagram and I think it is so stunning. My goddaughter has a pink and grey butterfly-themed bedroom (she's two) and so I was determined to try to make her a butterfly as part of her Christmas present.
As with any time I get into paper piecing, I first reviewed the paper piecing instructions from Stitchery Dickory Dock on Craftsy. This helped me brush up on the techniques because I don't do it very often.
If you have never done it before, paper piecing is time consuming and very messy. During the process it looks like a very cool hot mess, as captured below:
|One wing starts shaping up.|
|This is the body of the butterfly as the very beginning.|
|The trimming is satisfying but messy.|
|Trimmed on the right, untrimmed on the left. A hot mess turns into something you can actually recognize!|
|Wings BD and Body ABC. The thing is, I had the more complicated wings still to do. I was determined to finish.|
I had a very few issues, but right away in the last two wings I made a mistake on both wings (because I did the same section of each wing back to back to ensure symmetry) by not using a long enough piece of fabric. This involved some VERY delicate seam ripping, because it ripped the paper too which is NOT good in paper piecing.
|Yikes. I had to tear our those pink triangles.|
I thought the wings looked super cool as they came together. There are 27 pieces in each Wing for A and C and each precise triangle is quite small.
|I alternated between pink and grey, mostly from scraps.|
I was SO excited to get all the sections pieced but I was also nervous about putting it all together because of the points. The pattern comes with tips as to how to best attach the wings.
|The impact of a mismatched seam would be significant.|
|Trimming and picking through the bits.|
|More rifling through bits.|
I had really good success with my points, actually. I very carefully pinned and sewed. I was very happy with the results:
|Point on either side of the "head" of the butterfly.|
|Nice precise matching on the edges of the wings too.|
|Removing the paper.|
|I love it! I hope my goddaughter does too!|
I think I am going to frame it, rather than make it into a pillow or a quilt. I think it will look really great in her bedroom...hopefully her mom agrees!
Now I need to tackle my daughter's modern I-Spy quilt for her second birthday which is in January.
Hooray for the Take Wing pattern!