There’s still another 3 weeks to go before they’re due to be sent out, so there’s no need to start flapping if you haven’t even started yet!
*Spoiler Alert*! Esther, if you want to wait for the packages and don’t want to spoil the surprise, don’t look at the Foot²Freestyle page on this blog, here, or on Sue’s blog, here, because we’ve started posting photos of the June blocks which have already been sent out.
With this project, I’ve decided to give myself a complete change of pace. For the last 4 weeks, I’ve been racing to complete WWF, ready for Mackay Show, but it’s all done, and now I have the luxury of time to work at a gentler and more contemplative pace. So rather than take the easy way out and produce something simple and straightforward, I took the plunge and ventured back into paper piecing. I’ve always found it disturbingly counter-intuitive. I mean, you stitch things on upside down and back to front. You can’t see the fabric you’re sewing on. It’s easy to get something slightly wonky that then doesn’t cover the seam allowance properly. All that stuff…. It just didn’t seem sensible to a control freak such as myself.
But this time round, it just became a whole lot easier. I made templates of all the sections, cut pieces to size, and organised everything in individual piles. Call me anally retentive if you like, but it works for me! It’s the only way to be extremely accurate about producing a number of identical pieces which will fit together exactly. I have to thank Cath at Wombat Quilts for demystifying the process for me, and for providing the templates I used in her library of free paper piecing patterns. Go take a look – it’s inspirational.
I hope Esther will like what I’ve made – I’ve had a ball, and now I’m full of ideas for blocks for everyone else. There’s nothing like a change of direction and pace to reignite quilty enthusiasm…