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Paper Piecing for the Scardey Cat

Posted by on April 30, 2013
Prettified Pin Cusion

Prettified Pin Cushion

Not many people would call me a scaredy cat, quite the opposite, I think. But what goes in on the inside is often kept from everyone on the outside. Something about me: I learn best by viewing, by someone taking me by the hand and saying, “Here’s how you do it.” The biggest problem with this method of learning is having the person with you at the moment you’re ready to learn. Like 10:30 on a Saturday night.

I’ve been wanting to learn the technique of paper piecing for a few months now. I’ve been seeing these wonderful QALs (quilt alongs) on different blogs that I read. I even signed up for a BOM (block of the month) with blocks that are only paper pieced. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO PAPER PIECE, YA’LL! If you’d like to see what I’m talking about, you can find it here.  We are about to finish out April and there’s a new block being sent my way any day for May . . . that’s 5 – count them: 1, 2, 3, 4, FIVE blocks to paper piece and here I sit. PARALYZED with fear. Of course, no one would know because I don’t talk about it. Well, until now.

One thing about secrets (is secret too strong a word? mmm, no, I don’t think so) . . . or in other words, if people we know and love, i.e., our mate, our closest friend, or spiritual leaders, don’t know what’s going inside,  it kinda keeps us captive. For me, the fear of not being able to figure out how to do something (like, so what? do I have to know EVERYTHING??), it keeps me in a state of procrastination (continuing to want to do it, but never doing it). Bottom Line: it keeps me under its ugly thumb. Like, paper piecing. I want to know how to do it. I’ve joined a group to do it, for goodness’ sake! I am reminded of these words: “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

So, out comes my proverbial sword to say enough is enough. What did it take for me to finally decide to go for it? A project. A pretty project book with a pretty pin cushion on the front. It took me buying that book, finally having the time to open it to begin making said pin cushion, and finding out that it was a paper pieced pin cushion! Imagine my horror!!

Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahashi is a sweet book of sweet projects. Many of which are paper pieced (which I had failed to know until just this weekend).

So, I pulled up a chair and called out for help to the only source I had available late Saturday night. YouTube. It was CraftyGemini’s tutorial, to be specific. She showed me how, she talked while she was demonstrating. Ahhh.

So, wanna see pictures? Keep in mind that each of these blocks are 2 1/2 ” square, giving a 2″ block when sewn together. You should see the mess I created in making these little blocks!

First Lady

First Lady

Isn’t this black and white vintage Vogue looking  fabric perfect for this? It’s a new fabric with a vintage flair. It’s Blank Quilting fabric 2011 Pattern 6375. A pretty simple name for such a gathering of ladies. This only shows a portion of the ladies, the fabric actually has each of the ladies dressed, head to toe, in various 40’s and 50’s fashions.

All Four Ladies

All Four Ladies

Here I’m sewing the sides to the top of the pin cushion. Unfortunately, I had to rip it out because I sewed it backwards . . . *sigh*.

Sewing pin cushion together

Sewing pin cushion together

It isn’t perfect, but it’s NEAR perfect! And I’m thrilled!

The Ta-Da! Here is finished pin cushion shown with the pattern pictures

The Ta-Da! Here is finished pin cushion shown with the pattern pictures

I think even the back side is pretty. Two of the sides has a gray background with black polka dots, the other two have a black background with beige polka dots. A black button on the front and a grey button on the back. The buttons are the kind you cover yourself and you can find the kits at most any sewing/craft store. These are from Joann Fabrics. They’re 5/8″ buttons.

The back with only the linen fabric with the grey polka dot button

The back with only the linen fabric with the grey polka dot button

I’m so pleased with this that I actually got the block patterns out from the BOM mentioned earlier. I SHALL slay the fear of paper piecing! Take THAT fear and procrastination! Maybe that’s why I’m not known for being fearful, I fight.

So what are you fighting for today? Whatever it is, you don’t have to fight alone, but you must raise the sword.

*sigh*  And.it. feels. good.

P/S Just so you know, I wasn’t asked, nor was I paid for mentioning the book, the fabric, the tutorial, nor the blog. This is very much my own opinion.

4 Responses to Paper Piecing for the Scardey Cat

  1. Jennifer Darling

    What am I afraid of? Oh where do I begin? Ever since I graduated with an art degree I’ve been afraid of being an artist. Or more accurately afraid of not being a REAL artist. AFRAID OF BEING JUDGED or that I won’t meet up to expectations (mine and others). AFRAID OF SHOWING MY ART TO PEOPLE and being rejected or worse, seeing indifference in their eyes. AFRAID OF NOT HAVING ANY CREATIVE INSPIRATION and always wishing I could be as creative or productive as that one artist i saw on Etsy today. AFRAID THAT MY ART WILL HAVE NO PURPOSE ; NO GREATER GOOD, that it’s just for me and thats just selfish. Yuck! I hate being afraid. And so instead of slaying that fear with a big project I piddle with tiny ones that I’m rarely content with. Whoa! where’s my sword?!

  2. Terry

    Yep, that’s a hard place to be Jennifer. I think all of us waiver between fight and flight, but you ask where your sword is, it’s the encouragement from your friends to push you to do things, it’s the truth from your husband to give you the space and time to create, it’s in the words of the LORD that he’s given you a Spirit of Power. Again, what you do is to say you will (create – insert whatever it is), regardless. Regardless of others, regardless of the what ifs. We inherited our creativity from THE Creator. How great is that??!! Don’t waste it by letting fear prevail.

  3. Carrie From Carrie This Home

    Let me just say that it is so FREEING to see other women that I highly respect (Terry and Jennifer) dealing with some of the same stupid feelings that I do…and how to God helps us get over them.

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