You see, one of my sewing goals for 2013 was to try paper piecing. I really should have specified Foundation Paper Piecing, not English Paper Piecing because I hate hand sewing. But I digress.
|Fabric for my February SBC|
WARNING: Lots of progress pictures to follow.
|The templates all trimmed and ready to go.|
|The fabric all cut and ready to paper piece.|
|A little glue and starting on A1 with the background fabric (I chose a newsprint instead of white) facing down.|
|Fold and add the colour of fabric you want (see that tiny hint of green?)|
|Fold back out and pin|
|After they were all sewn, in number order, this is what the front looked like|
|This is what the back looks like before you trim|
|Trim up along the trim lines (which allows for 1/4" seam allowance)|
|Here are the two halves of the small centre square|
|Does my pinning look like her pinning?|
|Ach! Points don't match!|
And so, with the help of my ever-present feline helper:
I made my way through two more PP mini blocks (there are NINE in this darn block):
And after getting through these pathetic few blocks, I had to give up. My back was killing me and my patience was shot. And I was cursing C (and her perfect block) and Amy Gibson (and her "it's so easy!" tutorial). So I decided to blog instead, about my misery, and tackle the rest of the block tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes!
Overall, however, I have to say this about Foundation Paper Piecing: It is sort of easy. But it is VERY time consuming and fiddly and can get very irritating VERY fast. And matching points for a novice sewer is hell. I sure hope there aren't too many PP blocks this year!
Lynn (aka Buttons)