Have I mentioned that I hate paper piecing? The reason I joined the paper piecing swap was to try to get better at it, but I think I’m getting worse!
Last month I had to send the pieces for the blocks off to my swap partner to sew together as I just couldn’t get them to line up. Fortunately Michell was able to sew them up. (The photo is Michell’s from the Quilting Blocks Swaps Facebook page) Oops, I just noticed that she put the second one together wrong. I wonder if she has noticed. Or maybe she did it on purpose.
After my fiasco last weekend with the paper pieced block for this month, I decided to give the pattern another try. After all it was my mistake, not the pattern’s. My friend Dahn showed me a helpful tip of cutting templates for the pattern pieces. That way you don’t cut your fabric pieces too small or the wrong shape, which is one of the mistakes I tend to do.
I realized half way through cutting the pieces for one of the pieces of the block (6 pieces cut, 6 to go) that I was cutting them the wrong side up. And no they weren’t symmetrical. Fortunately for the fate of the block, and possibly for my participation in this swap, they could still be used. I just made those pieces of the block wrong side up. It means that the star spins the other way, but I bet you wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t told you.
Kelly (no blog) asked for a bright star on a white on white background. The white I used creates tons of movement in the block! I hope not too much. It was the only piece of white on white fabric I had in my stash!!
This block is called Carol’s Star and is from Quilter's Cache. Lots of great blocks to choose from there.
So another paper pieced block is accomplished and FNSI was a success. How did it go for you?