So, I have some experience paper piecing. For this block, there were 2 versions. One for beginners and one for someone more advanced. I set out to do the more advances one, but I could not get it to print correctly, so I ended up doing this one, which I actually like better.
So, I had difficulty with this block. I struggled with paper piecing such large pieces. Since I am using scraps (Thank you Nanette), I had to make them fit and found it extremely difficult with the larger pieces of the block. My seam ripper and I became quite good friends. I don’t need those type of friends.
I really do like the Fall quilt along, but have notices that my blocks vary quite a bit in size. I have some that are 13.5 and this one finished at only 12 inches. This will make it very interesting since I am attempting the Quilt as You go method. We will be doing some creative trimming.
So, I finshed this, mostly so I could see if I liked my own design. I sort of like it. I had the most difficult time with the binding. I wanted to use the same as the background fabric but the biggestest square I had left to make bias binding was onl 13″. That made for an interesting binding session. Add that to the fact that it is homespun fabric and ravels like crazy. Binding was a challenge but I did it.
I decided to do very small meandering. I think that came out pretty good. The hardest part was keeping it small. I had to constantly remind myself to pay attention to my sizing. I think that I will make a another one of these to get my design totally down. Want to make a couple of tweaks. Next time I am going to put some veins in the leaves. Was going to do it this time, but I really liked it and decieded to leave it as it was.
I am always very envious of people that come up with their own designs. While I sometimes create beautiful things (not so recently though) they are not usually something I came up with. This sort of bugs me. I want it all to be me. Likely why I can’t send a quilt off to be quilted by someone else.
I am usually getting my inspiration for things (mostly quilty stuff) by looking at other people’s work, magazines and books. I am sure we all do. Sometimes in my mind I am skill building, which is not always bad. But I always have in the back of my mind that I want it to be all mine from design to finish.
So, last week I finished my “One Monthly Goal” (have not posted yet, this picture is just the embroidery). As I hung it up in my dining room, I took a step back and realized this is a one of a kind piece of work. No one else will have anything like it. The only part I did not design was the embroidery. It was a kit my Oma gave me when I was a teen. But the rest, all me (with all my blog friends advice). So, why did I think that I could not do my own designs? Honestly, when I did that piece, I was not thinking about designing a one of a kind piece. But, that is what happened.
Well, maybe I can. I will start with something small. Maybe I do it more than I realize. Not really sure. So, I am always practicing on Table Toppers and small pieces. So, Figured I would try my hand at my own small piece.
I took a piece of homespun fabric that I didn’t like. Funny because, it was in the local guild quilting garage sale and no one bought or traded for it. I wanted to not waste something that I liked, fabric wise. So, I went to my “What were you thinking when you bought that fabric box?” Then I went to my scraps for the leaves. I have to admit, they are some of my favorite fabric scraps. Hand Dyed, which I actually dyed.
I no longer hate the homespun. Funny how that works. Still need to finish it, which I will. Not exactly sure on my curvy base, but I may still work on that. Is it too busy? Would love your thoughts, all of you give great advice. Thanks!
As i have mentioned in the past, I fear the quilting… Everyone tells me that it is all about practice, so that is what I am doing. I just get frustrated because I want to do all the beautiful stuff I see and I can’t. Jeez I hope I will get there. I don’t really like this piece much, but I really made it to hang on the front door. I have pieced one other that I am finishing and will show it soon after I get the dreaded quilting done. I like it a lot more because it has a few of my embroidered pieces in it. Someday I will get it right.
Happy Sewing. Happy Quilting.