You can see by this quilt made circa 1996 that for some reason this lovely snowman quilt is NOT square...it is so crooked that I could not bring myself to finish it. He would have been cute, and in real life most snowmen don't stand up straight anyway, but it bugged me and remained unfinished.
Now, here is my problem with paper piecing...I hate the fact that I cannot figure out how big to cut the piece of fabric to cover the tiny little piece on the pattern. It seems that I will cut a huge piece, carefully sew it (ON THE WRONG SIDE), turn it over, iron it, and for some reason although it is massive in size compared to the teeny tiny little piece it is supposed to cover, it misses that line by a half inch or more?!?!
I decided to look at tutorials, and I took the Carol Doak Craftsy class. I have watched it so many times in fact I was afraid Craftsy was actually going to call me and tell me that I had used up my time allotted for my class and to stop it! (Did you know they actually have a Craftsy app?) I'm pretty sure I could turn the sound down on that class and tell you what she is saying word for word for the entire class. By the way, she also has her own paper and ruler to use for this, which I also purchased because I was sure this time everything would work out.
So, the time has come, I start sewing, carefully cutting my pieces just like Carol tells us to do, measuring exactly like she tells us to...and somehow I end up with this...
I know I folded, flipped, cut, sewed, and pressed just the way she told me to, but alas, it did not turn out the way her perfectly sewn, perfectly square blocks do...and I'm quite certain no one would want a card from me with a paper pieced anything on the front. I bet you can't wait to see what I actually ended up with...
Is it the four block lap sized quilt I was planning on, no it is not...BUT, it does look like an actual heart and I am pretty impressed with my arrow point (isn't that why most people paper piece, for the points?) I think it is safe to say that you will not be seeing many more paper pieced projects on my blog...although, does anyone have a cute pattern for a shamrock? :)
Thanks to Mdm Samm for encouraging me to try it once again. I've done it and I'm moving on to the ruffles. Here are the participants for the last day of the Hugs and Kisses Hop.
Oh yes, I haven't drawn the winner for the gift certificate yet, so if you still want to enter you have until tomorrow evening (February 20) at 5 p.m. to do so, you can find the post here. Happy Hopping and Stitching!! --Kristen