With lots of perseverance and the help of my trusty seam ripper, I managed to complete the block that turned me totally off paper piecing from my Sugar Block Club last year. Though not perfect, I think it looks pretty darn good and from a distance you wouldn't notice the imperfections.
And then, pleased with myself for finishing all my 2013 blocks, I laid them out to take a picture.
|This orange looks very red in the picture, but trust me it is orange. My daughter told me she thought this block was pretty. I'm glad she likes it because I am never making it again.|
That's right. Somehow I managed to forget a block and ended up with just 11 blocks. So I looked up which block I was missing. It turned out to be the Star of Wonder Block and...
...it is paper pieced! I wanted to cry. And laugh. And shout. And drink wine. Instead, I calmly printed out the templates and spent the next few days working on the last block.
|Pretty block from Stitchery Dickory Dock.|
The points weren't as finicky on this one and I was very, very careful with my pinning which is why, I think, this block was less frustrating than the other one.
|I really like how this shows the before and after of paper piecing. For a newbie it was hard to imagine at first, but as I've done a few now this trimming stage is the most rewarding.|
A few things I filed away for future paper piecing:
1. My quilty friend A recommended tiny pins for pinning the seams. She even bought me some. She was right, they helped.
2. My quilty friend C suggested I pin the block for precise lining up by looking at the front instead of the back. That helped a great deal!
3. My new machine is so awesome and I could more easily play with stitch length. On my machine a 1.4 stitch length ended up being perfect for the pre-perforating and piecing.
4. With time and experience comes greater skill. I think I also struggled less with this last block because I've been sewing for an extra year!
I'm glad I'm done, though I think this will remain a UFO for a bit still because I feel no inspiration to tackle the sashing. I know I am going to do a scrappy binding and use the famous IKEA nummer print on the back. This quilt will end up staying home...I picture it as a hanging-out-on-the-couch kind of quilt.
And I might do paper piecing again. But only for something really spectacular that I can't resist!