Well, given that I sometimes have problems getting my piecing seams the correct size so they match, so I decided to try paper piecing. I thought that if I matched my fabric to the exact lines on the paper, I couldn’t go wrong.
Well, I was absolutely wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
So here are some of my mistakes:
Can you see that black vertical line on the paper, the one in the middle? Can you see the direction my orange fabric is facing? I somehow sewed the fabric in the wrong direction….but when I set the fabric on the line, I can’t visualize the direction the fabric is going to fall. So I sew it, then fold it, then find out I did it backwards, rip out the seam and start again.
So, whatever this problem i have with geometry, this above is a neat example of my attempts. You can vaguely see the fabric under the white paper. It looks easy, doesn’t it?
So….this is the actual back side of my paper piecing. You can see the repeated seams done over several times. Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!
Well, the photo makes it look better than it does in real life. In real life, it is kind of lumpy.
But the first copy I made of the pattern was on regular office paper, and that was too heavy to sew on. This one was sewn on regular office copy paper. The next one, the one I am working on now, is photocopied onto tracing paper. That makes the sewing easier. It doesn’t make my seams any better! This pattern calls for four trees sewn into squares, then sewn borders, backing, and behold! A small landscape quilt.
So this took me over three hours to sew…..I might keep on sewing it, and I might put it away. I keep thinking that if I keep practicing, I might get better at it. What do you think?