Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Note to self: when signing up for swaps and then sewing for your partner, it is generally easier to make things within your area of expertise.
I have long admired some of the fabulous New York Beauty blocks I have seen turned into mini quilts and cushions. Knowing that they were paper pieced, and now that I am comfortable attempting paper-piecing, I thought I'd be able to sew these, easy peasy. The triangular points, no problem, they were fun. Not so the curved rings and borders. After unpicking the block I completed over the weekend, cos I wasn't happy with it, repinning it and trying again, I was almost ready to throw it out. Time for a different tactic. I have since learned, that for me pinning well, then hand basting, removing the pins and then sewing the curves is giving me a lot more even and flatter sitting rings. They are not perfect, but I am so much happier with how they look. I still have some more borders and centres to add, then the decision as to whether it is a cushion or mini quilt. Luckily I have a little time to work on this. Stay tuned.
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.