Wait. Let’s try that again.
Here’s a picture of my first paper piecing attempt. Uh…it’s supposed to be an asterisk. Clearly, it does not look like an asterisk. I think it looks more like an abstract take on a stick figure. I made this attempt during a class that I took while I was at the Mid-Atlantic MOD quilting retreat at the beginning of April. Even though the piece itself totally didn’t work out, I’m still not disappointed. First, stick figures are cool. When you are a person of my artistic caliber (which is to say you can’t draw a straight line to save your life), then stick figures are the norm and you grow to have a fondness for them. Second, I know why this didn’t come together correctly. I failed to leave a 1/4 seam on my paper pieced sections, so when I joined the sections together, I lost the points that would have made the asterisk. In that sense, I learned from the class. I learned not to forget that 1/4 seam again. Third, I don’t learn very well just by seeing pictures in a book, and sometimes I even struggle to learn a totally new skill via blog tutorial or Youtube; I just need a live person looking over my shoulder who can answer questions in real time. So, even if I fell a little short on my first attempt, I feel far less intimidated to try again. As a matter of fact, I’m gathering my thoughts about my next project, and there is a very real possibility it might involve paper piecing. I’m just going to incorporate a few blocks so I don’t get overwhelmed, but yeah, I’m certainly not adverse to giving it another go.
So, if you have any paper piecing tips — things to do and things not to do — give me a shout out in the comments.
My sewing machine has been woefully quiet. The realtor is coming next Wednesday to list the house, so I spent today in my quilting space trying to corral all the fabrics and WIPs into some semblance of order. Yes, I see your heads nodding. Most of you know how quickly things can fall apart in a sewing room and how time consuming it is to put things back together. Wish me luck! I’ve still got work to do. Today’s task was emptying out these cabinets because I Craigslisted them and someone should drop by tomorrow to pick them up.
Whew! I have one more to lug down two flights of stairs and into the garage. I try to keep Craigslisters outside when possible for safety’s sake, but it sure has been handy to sell a few things. Yay for building a moving truck fund!
And, finally, I, of course, unearthed some finished projects that are listed in my Etsy shop. I’ve rather sell them than move them, so I have a little sale going on. Use coupon code moveit5 to save $5 off any purchase of $15 or more and use coupon code moveit10 to save $10 off any purchase of $45 or more.