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January 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I “bee” sewing

Well, I finished my blocks for the 2 bee’s that I joined this year. I am so happy with the way they turned out, except for 1 small thing!  It never fails, every single solitary block that I have made, I put 1 piece on backwards. Usually, it’s putting the wrong sides of the fabric together – EVERY SINGLE TIME. I caught myself doing that 3 times on these blocks. I was being so conscious of what was going on. And then, low and behold, I sewed the sub-blocks together to each other rather than to there opposite!!!!!! ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

As you can see in the picture the green block didn’t go together quite right!!!!!

When I first started doing “paper piecing” blocks, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about them. There are good points and bad points:

Good – they really are true to form and if you follow the pattern completely, your blocks come put pretty crisp.

Bad – you use such a small stitch size that if (when in my case) you have to pull apart something, it is very [did I say VERY with enough emphasis] difficult to rip out the stitches without ripping the material. So on the green one I have to pull the four sections apart and sew them back together correctly!!!!

The other block I did I had to increase the pattern size. This is not the first one that I’ve done of this pattern, but it was the first time that I had to modify the size of the pattern. That was a bit of a challenge, but it came together perfectly, if I do say so myself!!

I was lucky – both of the people wanted a grey background for their blocks, the only problem is tat I used up almost a whole yard doing these 3 blocks.  Partially because I didn’t cut the pieces correctly (3 times) and the other because this Lone Star block is 16.5″ square. But I love all three of the blocks that I did.

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