What is your damage, Heather?

Oh, I forgot one other thing that is sapping my sewing mojo:

Yeah, I finally tried my hand at one of the 1930s Farmer’s Wife sampler blocks. I needed a break from garment-sewing & was like, “Oh, I’ll just take half an hour & knock this out.” Three hours later…

Ultimately, I didn’t have quite enough of the pink fabric to make it the background piece, & I cut every single half-square triangle just a little bit too small. Maybe that’s why this block came out so poorly. I mean, it looks okay-ish, but I could do a LOT better. I don’t know what went wrong. I paper-pieced the whole thing, which is usually a guarantee of easy perfection. Jared tried to console me & was like, “Well, you haven’t paper-pieced in a long time, & that block is really small…” (It’s 6″ square, so most of these little blocks are like 1″ across.) But paper-piecing isn’t exactly complicated (for me), I’ve done it a lot, & the whole point is that it helps you achieve precision in small areas.

I was tempted for a minute to hand-piece instead, but I don’t really want to hand-piece a quilt with 99 blocks. I’m not looking to spend ten years on a single quilt. So I’ll probably just try paper-piecing again with bigger pieces sometime when I’m feeling less frazzled. Wish me luck.

Also, according to my stash spreadsheet, I am only down a third of a yard for 2016 so far. Meaning the difference between what I’ve bought & what I’ve used is only a third of a yard. I really need to get to sewing!

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4 responses to “What is your damage, Heather?

  1. If I sew something that’s not to my standards, I almost kinda like for it to come out completely terrible. Then, I don’t feel bad about trashing it. I don’t like near misses, because then I hem and haw about whether or not I should re-do them.

    I don’t think the block looks awful, but you have definitely done better work. 🙂

    • Yeah, when I looked at it again to write the post, I thought it looked a lot better than I remembered. But there’s still not really any reason for it to be perfect, & ultimately I am not sold on the combination of scales. So I’m going to re-make the block & I’m thinking of turning this one into a patchwork tote bag for Ramona.

  2. PS. I seriously love that strawberry print!

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