I mentioned my new paper-piecing project last time, and it has been so much fun. I've never really done much of that except for this class that Sherry and I took with Judy Neimeyer, the results of which are better not dwelt on. This little kit came from Fergus Falls, MN. On our way back from WA, we had a little more time to kill and ventured off the interstate a few times. We finally found this little shop behind some highway construction, and I'm glad we were persistent.
My camera battery died after I took a few pictures, but it's just the kind of cozy shop that makes me happy - just filled to the brim with fabric and patterns and, best of all, lots of samples of the kits for sale. There are more pictures on the web site.
I saw this piece and fell in love with it. Forget I didn't really know how to paper piece. I just knew I wanted it.
If I had just looked at the pattern, I might now have liked it so well, but the kit maker Christy (who I think was the one I talked with) had chosen just the right colors.
The pattern looks pink and tan rather than Christmasy.
Anyway, there was a lot of trial and error, but it went together so well and was so satisfying. I think next time I'll use some backing paper that is easier to tear away. Also someone was not careful cutting around the borders (who knew how important it was), so when it came time to sew each of the 16 little squares together, I had to do a lot of pinning and pulling and still have a few that aren't perfect.
But I'm happy with it. I still have the outer border and finishing to do. Here are some closeups. I'm just fascinated at how perfect you can make the blocks with paper piecing.
I give up. Now everything is centered. I'm going to have to read those instructions.