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