Learn Something New

I’m so excited to report that I learned something new – paper piecing!

I finished making this cyclone block for Doris who had July for our quilting bee.

I used a great tutorial Doris provided, and another one I really liked a lot to guide me through the process. I am thrilled that I know how to paper-piece now, so I kept a few notes along the way, just for future reference, since I’m hoping to try this again:

  • It helps to color in each area of the foundation paper with colored pencils to keep track of which fabric goes where.

  • The fabrics always go right sides together.
  • Lay the fabric over the sewing line, but away from the shape you’re going to fill on the paper, since that fabric will get folded back over the sewing line and pressed open to cover the shape you’re filling in.
  • When you struggle or have to rip out a seam, remind yourself you are learning something new.
  • Remind yourself this is supposed to be fun.
  • Remember, you will be sewing on the lines, which means the paper must be right side up, which feels backwards, upside-down and counter-intuitive, since it feels like you can’t actually see what you’re doing.
  • Perseverance pays off because it turns out beautifully.

Go out and learn something new this week! It’s quite invigorating!

Sewing Again!

I started sewing again!

It’s been over two weeks since I’ve had the time or motivation to sew. I know. It’s a terrible feeling.

My apologies to my quilting bee partners for being late with the June and July blocks. I finished the wonky log cabin for Autumn’s June kit.

I have to confess, I’m not a big fan of making wonky log cabin blocks. I always afraid I’m going to turn the block the wrong direction and sew the next log onto the wrong side. But this one was fun. Maybe because it was Holiday fabrics. Maybe because I pretended I didn’t have anything else going on so I was able to focus and let loose. I am happy with how this one turned out, so I hope Autumn likes it too.

Next, I am gearing up to make Doriscyclone block for July.

It’s a paper piecing block, which I’ve never tried before. I am going to use the tutorial Doris provided and this tutorial for reference.

Once I’m caught up on everyone else’s bee blocks, I am planning to get my fabrics ready to mail for my August kit. I’m going to request string blocks for a fall quilt, using these fabrics.

Sure feels good to be in the sewing seat again!