This past week I rediscovered my love for Foundation Paper Piecing. I first learned this method several months ago on a sewing day with my sisters. As soon as I "got it" I realized this is the perfect thing to satisfy my OCD tendancies of straight lines and following a pattern directly.
I found a really great site here that has 100 paper pieced blocks. The quilt featured using the blocks is a crazy quilt with tons of embellishments on it. Quite intriguing, but not my style. I have done a few blocks using Block 1 and some scrap fabric.
Each block looks a little different because I was getting into the swing of things and measuring things wrong, but since it's a crazy quilt, it doesn't really matter as long as the blocks are the same size in the end!
After practicing on these blocks I wanted to try something with a higher level of difficulty. I will not share with you the star block that I spent waaaaay too much time on and never did quite figure out. (No matter how I sewed, it wouldn't quite work. I choose to blame pattern error, even though I know for a fact the pattern is correct!)
Saturday I got up the nerve for attempt 2 on a more difficult block. The finished block is only 5" square, so the tiny pieces frustrated me a bit and had me saying some very inventive curses. It was only after I finished the block and sewed the four separately pieced rows together that I realized one of the pieces that was supposed to be black was done in linen. Oops! It's okay though, nothing a strategically placed heart won't fix! I also added a little bit of hand embroidery for the thread and the needle.
Overall I was pleased with the result and learned from my mistakes. I definately will not be making a whole quilt of sewing machines, but it was much easier than I always feared the multiple rows would be. Here is the free pattern if you want to attempt it. She actually has a ton of free paper piecing patterns on the main site sewhooked.com. I love the fandom ones, but am not yet ready to attempt them!
Another sewhooked pattern that I made was the spool one. This one was pretty simple. I'm thinking of making a wall hanging for my studio with this pattern.
Check back soon for some more sewing room updates. I haven't forgotten I said I was going to post more, I've just been sewing more than organizing and I don't want to lose my mojo!