Wednesday, February 9, 2011
If At First You Don't Succeed...
Sooooo, one of the swaps I'm doing is a First Time Bee. None of us have participated in a virtual quilting bee before. This is our first month. This month's Queen Bee posted Flickr photos of the DC Metro Station as the inspiration for our blocks. I have been fascinated with this weird curvy shape since she first posted it. I have drawn about 20 sketches. Finally, I colored this one. I'm here to say that it's harder than it looks.
I pieced the 1" squares at the bottom and that wasn't too hard, except apparently I either can't cut or sew accurately, because I couldn't get the seams to line up. Finally got that fixed.
Then I tried to applique the triangle pieces onto the white background. They looked like they were stuck on, and I couldn't get the points right.
Then I tried paper piecing the triangles, and that was better, but the background looked wonky. Not sure I like it at all, but I decided to keep moving.
Then I tried to paper piece the curve. I finally figured out how to get that to work, but somehow my finished piece ended up 9-3/4 by 10 instead of 10-1/2 square. So I get to do it again.
But I have to admit, I was way out of my comfort zone, and I learned a lot. Hopefully, the next try will go better.
Here's to perseverence.... And square quilt blocks.