Monday, 28 January 2013

LOVE- probably not a good description of my first attempt at paper piecing....

When Kristy of asked for volunteers to test a new paper piecing pattern I sent her a message that although I've never paper pieced before I was willing to give it a go.
The pattern duly arrived and Kristy assigned me LOVE in capitals as they are easier than lower case apparently!
First I printed out the pattern letters and read the instructions. I thought I'd start with V as it had the least pieces- big mistake, those angles really got me! Lots of unpicking and looking at tutorials online and I thought I had it. Only, I hadn't read the instructions before I'd printed out he pattern, so I hadn't printed it out without scaling, the result? A block that was 1/4 inch too small ********!
Start again and this time the letters L and O have been made, hurrah.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to tackle V (again) and E. I'll let you know.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2013, a new beginning?

I am hoping to post about my Projects more often. I have been sewing many items but they were presents. This year I am hoping to sew more for myself. My eldest daughter is leaving home for work in Uganda and I am able to use her room as a sewing space. Once I have my new area set out I am hoping to have some time every day to sew. My sewing machine will be serviced next week and I am itching to start sewing with some new fabric my brother-in-law got for me in New York.