Scinteallate #3: Back in the swing

I’ve got my paper piecing mojo back.

Every time I don’t do it for a while, I lose the tricks and habits that make this such a great technique for accurate piecing. I start to think it’s too much trouble to make templates of the pieces I need. I forget to adjust the stitch length down. I forget that all-important mantra: Stitch, Flip, Check, Trim, Press. Then, out come the stitch ripper and tweezers and sweaty frustration…

But by the end of this block, I was back in the swing. I didn’t have to take anything apart, the paper came off the back with very little resistance, things lined up as they should, and I’m facing the next one with equanimity, despite the fact that it has 64 pieces! Yup. You read that right. Thing is, they’re almost all rectangles of the same width, just slightly differing lengths. As they say in these parts “She’ll be right, mate”. I’ve got this.

So, this is my Scinteallate block No. 2. En route already are several more from Robin, Gun and Sue, and a further 12 more are in progress from other lovely contributors.

I think the Twinkle Factor is improving rapidly, don’t you?


34 thoughts on “Scinteallate #3: Back in the swing

  1. 64 pieces?! Wow! That is scintealating indeed! Everything you do is always spot o. Kate. This is going to be another masterpiece:)❤️❤️

  2. tialys says:

    That’s a lovely star – the daisies are a nice touch.
    Like you, I’m back in the swing of FPP again but, unlikè you, don’t make templates (maybe I should) and haven’t got quite as many as 64 pieces to grapple with
    I finished my second one yesterday. I could make one more if you like of would you rather I got those two off to you?

    • katechiconi says:

      I have to say, the templates make a huge difference. You *know* that if you line up the edges the piece is going to fit. And oops, it’s *only* 60 pieces, I miscounted. But it’s a great chance to use up all my teal strips, down to about an inch wide. I’m thinking of sashing in dark petrol blue/green to make the cream backgrounds pop. What do you think? And if you can spare the time to do another, that would be great… especially as we just got Miz Lizzie back for our trip north on 7th June, and she needs a big clean and restock.

      • tialys says:

        You made me go and count up the pieces in the ‘complicated’ star and there are 73 😱. I wish I hadn’t counted now. However, it’s one of my favourite blocks and, because of that, it would probably be worth making templates.
        I’ll do you one more star so you can spend some time with MIz Lizzie.

      • katechiconi says:

        Sorry about that… but don’t you now have a sense of achievement? Templates would be a great help, especially if you make them from card or acetate so they’re a bit durable. Thank you so much for taking on an extra star: Miz Lizzie will be most grateful, as will I 🙂

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    WOW, such a lovely star.

    • katechiconi says:

      It turned out pretty well, I think, although I can only claim credit for the fabric choice and assembly. The pattern is by Cath of Wombat Quilts.

      • Kerry Davidson says:

        Thanks for letting us know about Wombat Quilts. I just had a quick look and she has some amazing free foundation pieced designs. Definitely signed up for her blog posts.

      • katechiconi says:

        She sure does, it’s a brilliant resource, and I’m constantly grateful to her for assembling it. She also has ninja skill-level in colour and donates so much of her work for good causes.

  4. rutigt says:

    Oh, another great star!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s going to be a lot of stars to admire in the finished quilt, and I hope they’ll mostly be different ones. But even if there are duplicates, the fabrics will be different, so all will be well.

  5. KerryCan says:

    That’s fabulous and the only way to make a block that complicated is with paper piecing–the technique just changed quiltmaking entirely, I think!

    • katechiconi says:

      You could, if you were Amish-grade skilled with your needle, probably hand piece it, but why would you? It does make all sorts of design fireworks possible, and I love it!

  6. kathyreeves says:

    These stars will be amazing together!

  7. claire93 says:

    another gorgeous star, and really standing out proudly on the pale background

  8. magpiesue says:

    That’s an impressive star, no matter how many pieces are in it. Well done you!

  9. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Stunning !

  10. craftycreeky says:

    Love the little daisies peeping through! Now I’ve got the hang of it I like FPP, I still remember the complete confusion though when I first tried it!

    • katechiconi says:

      I know! It seemed bonkers and all wrong to sew on the *back* of the pattern, not to mention the confusion of having to flip the fabric to make sure it was the right shape, and the pattern turning out as a mirror image of what you’d first looked at! And for those reading this and thinking “I’ll never do that”, that’s what we thought too!

  11. Nanette says:

    Yes, same here, when I’ve had a break from fpp, my hands and mi d don’t want to co-operate…..and then suddenly, there’s that moment when it’s all going smoothly. Your star’s terrific, great colours and ‘pop’. I haven’t started yet, some other sewing to clear off the table first, but since I can have them to you overnight, I’m not stressing …….

    • katechiconi says:

      I know! You think “But I know how to do this, why am I getting it so wrong?” and then you remember all the tricks and habits that make it go well. No rush for yours, as you say…

  12. Joanne S says:

    Beautiful! A lot of time and effort, I’m sure.

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