Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ok, maybe I spoke a little too early when I said yesterday that I had mastered paper piecing … it seems that maybe I had mastered only a portion of the paper piecing technique.
I finished up the trimming yesterday morning, and after lunch I started assembling the storm at sea blocks. While I’ve been sewing together lots of little blocks (between the miniature pineapples and the storm at sea sub-units), this was my first time to put together those little blocks. I pinned together the first two sub-units … not an easy process because with the seams and papers, these were two bulky pieces … I wasn’t too surprised when I saw that my points didn’t line up very well. I carefully ripped out the seam, but the paper was decimated … without the papers, I thought it would be a little easier to line up the points. It may have been a little easier to line up the points, but it was also very easy to distort those bias edges … the more frustrated I became, the fussier I became with my sewing … ripping out and bias edges –> not a good combination! By the time I had put together 3 blocks, I was not a happy camper! Not a single block was done to my satisfaction … and I was so frustrated that I ready to bag up all the sub-units and offer them to anyone who’d take them off my hands. Thankfully DH persuaded me to try just one more block … he knew how much time and effort I’d put into piecing those 320 sub-units and how much I wanted to make a storm at sea quilt. I calmed down, went back into the sewing room, slapped a couple of sub-units together (with the papers still on) and sewed. And the block came together! It wasn’t perfect, but it was acceptable … and it was done. Not to mention that it would pass the 30 mph test. So I kept putting together blocks. A couple are giving my perfectionist tendencies a little grief, but I’m going to leave them … for now anyway. So I would have to say that I have yet to master paper piecing, but that's ok ... since I really don't intend for my quilts to be masterpieces, I really don't expect to be a master at quilting ... and paper piecing. Sometimes good is good enough.
At some point, I’m going to have to remove all those papers but that will be a small price to pay to have decent points that line up even halfway … although I may need you all to remind me of that when I’m grousing about all those papers in seams.