I'd fallen a little behind with my Bee blocks and decided I just wasn't going to start Christmas gifts until I caught up. First I made April's block (from October). I absolutely love this block (you can find the tutorial at Six White Horses here). Now I need to let you know I'm not a big fan of paper piecing (I thought about naming this post something like "Paper Piecing: My Mortal Enemy" or "Paper Piecing: A Necessary Evil." I do love paper piecing results though, and I love this block. I'll definitely be making one for me...maybe just one for a pillow, though!
I also need to show my first run at the block...you see I forgot that the star points were surrounded by background fabric and just kept using the cute prints April sent. When I got to this point I realized something was wrong...and started over. But this block is kind of cute, too...wonder what I can do with it?
April asked us to add something in, so I added some aquas including my favorite Denyse Schmidt print!
When I work on paper piecing I always keep a small cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter right next to my machine so I can trim as I go.
I also can't imagine doing paper piecing without these two tools. The green tool is the "Add an eighth" ruler (they also make an "add a quarter" ruler). I prefer the 1/8" ruler because it eliminates most all of the bulkiness from your paper piecing. There is a little ledge on the ruler which allows you to trim your paper piecing seams leaving just a small seam allowance.
I also love this Clover pressing tool for my paper piecing. It allows you to do a good press without having to use an iron. It really comes in handy.
While I was paper piecing I decided to make Emily's November block as well...a paper pieced Dresden. Emily sent several pieces of fabric from one color family to all Bee participants. We were asked to use every print she sent and add in a few of our own. I found out that I really don't have very many pale yellows in my stash--in fact I was just able to add in a couple from one of the Sweetwater collections.
Just wondering if there is anyone out ther who absolutely loves paper piecing...and if so...is there some secret to it?
One more question...I really, really want to buy a quilt ladder but will need to find a place that ships as I can't find any locally. Has anyone ordered a quilt ladder on-line that you're super happy with?
Well...it's on to the Christmas gifts now!
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