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Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Brushing Up Quilt Skill - Paper Piecing

I'm not fond of paper piecing but it is required for a set of blocks for one of our shoe box swappers. As a quilter for over 30 years, I've done very little paper piecing. My brain was stretched as I used the technique needed to make each block. Luckily, I took my assigned month for Marjorie's blocks called: Worlds Without End to IRL bee this week. There I had three other bee-mates help me get started and coach me as I sewed each 6" block. Frankly, it was learning (or aptly, re-learning) how to do the first one, the others fell into place with nary a problem. It's that whole thing of lining up fabrics to paper and making sure that right sides are together; a lot of geometry. One bee-mate offered to make the blocks for me, but I couldn't or wouldn't relent that easily. 

I wanted to overcome that uneasy space and challenge myself no matter how uncomfortable that was. Sure, I was frustrated with the first one, but after I figured it all out on my own it was smooth sailing to the finish. 

From now on, whenever I see a paper pieced quilt, I will genuflect to the quilt and quilter (if around). I know how difficult it can be (especially with little pieces), but the final product is amazing with crisp, if not perfect points and a sense of accomplishment! Four 6" blocks took me awhile, but it was a great exercise to shore up, brush up, with the skill of paper piecing. 



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