Thursday, December 16, 2010
Why Do I Hand Piece??
This is the second quilt top. The blocks were constructed primarily with fabrics I had received in a grab bag. When I started to sort and put these fabrics away, it occurred to me that they would make a beautiful quilt. So, as I learned from my class, I would make two of each block, one from each fabric.
After this quilt was completed and long arm quilted, I gave it to daughter Pam.
Then I decided to make one for myself, and used scraps from the Be Attitudes quilt I had been working on. I ordered extra fabrics for sashing, background, and borders. And finished that quilt in no time. I have never taken a picture of that quilt, and need to remedy that situation.
Hand piecing projects are "take-along" projects. I trace my blocks, add the seam allowance, cut them out, and put them in a zippy bag along with a photocopy of the finished block so that I know how to finish them. I just love my hand work. So when I joined a brown bag swap, it seemed only sensible to hand piece still another sampler quilt. I love the sampler quilts since you only do one of each block. And, there are so many blocks to choose from. For this quilt, I decided to try some blocks of a greater difficulty. One that I chose was Quilter's Cache's Celtic Sunrise. The directions said to "paper piece" this block. I've never done any paper piecing, but figured if I pasted the templates onto template plastic, cut them out, and added the seam allowances, it would be OK. I couldn't have been more wrong. There are a bazillion pieces in this block. And, now that it's all put together (almost) it's horrible. It is puckered, doesn't lay flat, and just isn't what I expected. It's a beautiful block. . . I picked great colors. . . but, it's nasty looking. So I am asking myself "Why do I Hand Piece". For the time being, the block has been put aside. Maybe at some point, I will take it apart and try to fix it. Or, maybe I'll just start over and try again. Or maybe I'll just do something different. But for today, I'm using the "Scarlett O'Hara" attitude that I won't think about it today. . . I'll think about it tomorrow,.