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Monday, 12 August 2013

Paper piecing is not my strong suit

I have my computer back, hurrah!  It is like regaining feeling in a lost limb.  I have felt rather cut off from the world without it, not least because we then all decamped to the West Country for a week, where the 21st Century has still yet to arrive in some places.  What the South West needs is a nice big MOTORWAY.

Although given that any road in the South West is liable to be roped off with orange string at any given moment to allow a herd of 200 cows to pass by, perhaps this wouldn't be such a good idea.

Not much sewing going down last week as we were too busy driving along wiggly roads and trying in vain to wear out the children with a variety of exciting activities.  In fact all we succeeded in doing was exhausting ourselves whilst the children went into overdrive, although we did manage to watch most of the first series of Breaking Bad once they finally went to bed.

So a bit of a catch up first - here's what I was working on just before the Retreat - my final block for the FQR Bee:
This was actually February's block but I was so scared of paper piecing that I put it off until June.  Bad girl! 

The fabric we got was Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey, and we got free rein on the block except that it had to be sewing related.  I was blown away by some of the blocks the other girls did, such as this one by KettleBoiler:
... and this one by Dandelion Liz:

Er, pressure!  It took me a long time to draft the pattern from a fuzzy picture I found on Google Images, and then a great big panic when I realised there wasn't a lovely straight line to sew down at the end.  Thankfully it didn't end up with a big crease in the middle - just as well, as I don't do unpicking if I can get away with it.

I have also just finished my Siblings Together quilt top so hopefully will have a blog post about that very soon too x


  1. Very impressed that you drafted your own pattern, looks great.

  2. great block - well done on the drafting! Very impressive! Also: moooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

  3. Congrats on becoming reconnected. Your paper-pieced block is brilliant Gertie, I think you have definitely been hiding your light under a bush :)

  4. Nice to have you back in Blogland. That is awesome paper piecing - you should be so pleased with yourself. Di x

  5. Oh I don't miss driving Gertie, you perfectly reminded me of all the time I spent sat behind a tractor on winding Wiltshire roads (cue the Michael McIntyre comedy sketch about drivers overtaking queues behind tractors - he's obviously driven down the road I lived on in Wiltshire!) but enough of that, what about your paper piecing? I love your scissors, keep at it, it gets much less scary! :)