I joined a Birthday Club yet again this year. You pick a block you'd like to receive from the members for your birthday. And the other members pick a block they would like to receive for their birthday. This was the Feb. birthday girl's block in her choice of colors and fabrics (batik for pink, blue and lime green if you have it). Feb. birthday girl joined late so I just made her block and sent it off this month.
I've tried paper piecing in the past. And I've always decided I don't really like it. Other people can sure make some beautiful and precise blocks with paper piecing but not me.
First of all, I hate cutting odd sized pieces of fabric - sometimes itty-bitty pieces of fabric. I often cut them going the wrong way or the wrong side up.
Second of all, I often sew the pieces pointing the wrong direction. And then I have to rip it and then the paper rips and cuss words spew forth from my mouth. I was never good at those tests where you saw a flat box with flaps and had to decide how it would look put together. I'm not even sure what those tests were testing. (Nobody else ever knows what I'm talking about when I talk about this test so maybe I took it one night long ago in a nightmare. I swear it was some test on the ACT. )
Thirdly, I like to chain piece. I don't see an easy way to chain piece most paper pieced blocks (I've found a few exceptions).
Finally, I hate removing papers. Not only do I hate removing them but I sometimes stretch the block out of shape when I do remove them. Kind of defeats the purpose of paper piecing if you ask me.
for my Old MacDonald Sampler.
This is the block of the month at Block Lotto. I made one block for the drawing. I had to give it a try. I'm never one to decline a challenge or to say "I can't" before I give something a try and really know I can't. Plus, since I'm quilting along and making the Old MacDonald Sampler I needed to make 5 for my sampler. These are the four with sky background. Later I'll make one with mountain background.
I like the block. I didn't enjoy making them. I haven't taken the paper off yet. I'm afraid I'll stretch them right out of shape. I considered making a different butterfly block for my sampler that was not paper pieced but then see the part above about "I can't". Look! I can! (I can stand on my head too but I don't enjoy walking around like that).
And finally, I paper pieced some cat parts for a Cat Lady quilt.
My nephew and wife, both cat lovers, are expecting a baby in October so I thought the Cat Lady quilt would be a nice gift for baby. I started making it and then realized the size is rather large for a baby quilt (60 x 60). I'll still make it but probably not as THE baby quilt.
And this is the type of paper piecing I really don't mind. I made my Pickle Dish quilt using this type of paper piecing. You can cut lots of fabric pieces all the same size and you can actually chain piece them. You still have to remove the papers but the pieces aren't itty-bitty (don't need to get out the tweezers) and you can get a bunch of them made in no time.
Ok. So I've tried. I do know I don't really like paper piecing. But I don't think I'm ready to say "never again". I still have dreams of a New York Beauty.