I signed up for this hop as for all others with the desire for fun and maybe some stretch outside of my usual comfort zone. Madame Samm's brilliant idea coupled with Soma from Whims and Fancies wonderful patterns were definitely outside of my comfort zone.
I have 2 problems with paper piecing. First is I can't get a handle on the angle I need to place fabrics from the back. As soon as I can't see the fabric I'm lost. To successfully make this pattern took an amazing amount of fabric to compensation for this lack of vision on my part. I entered this hop with the plan of making 3 pillows of various sizes for my couch. Didn't happen.
It took me hours to make one heart with arrow. I only had to rip maybe 3 times because of my angle issues. I am proud to admit that I did finish. And, yes it is just what it was supposed to be thanks to the great pattern design but I just couldn't work up the umph to try 2 more.
I gave up on my idea for 3 pillows and ended up with a Lawn Decoration on the never ending snow.
A Table Topper
or, a Welcome to my guests for my front door.
The second problem I had was rediscovered when I finished the sewing and started the paper removal. I absolutely, positively HATE to remove paper. I am including 3 more photos to emphasize this hatred.
15 or so years ago I saw a paper piecing demo at a quilt show. I immediately signed up for a class. This is the resulting top from the class, cute with wonderful points.
This is the back of the piece
Yes, all of that is still the paper attached 15 long years later. From the first ripped piece I hated it. I have tried to foundation piece on and off over the years with the same result. I don't always learn from my own example.
While I do admire the art of paper piecing and appreciate the art of the designers and the wonderful work of the sewers, I think my base problem is that I am a speed quilter who really doesn't give a hoot about perfect points and removing paper is phenomenally time consuming and I for one don't have the patience for it.
In summation. I stretched and am glad I did. I didn't fall in love with PP but I have conquered it paper and all. Now please go on to visit the rest of today's hoppers listed below for your viewing ease and any you may have missed up to now. The Hugs and Kisses contributers have been wonderful and sew creative.
Lady Selina ( that's me )
Thanks for stopping by.