I'm behind on telling you about my Bee Blocks for the Global Scrap Bee. I procrastinated on December's blocks and didn't even blog them. Too bad, since they were adorable I Spy Polaroid blocks! I did post them to my IG though. Our Queen Bee for January was Anna from Quilting Along the Grain. Anna requested the Kaleidoscope Block by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. Oh and it is a paper piecing pattern!! I have never done one of these. I've been tempted by lots but never quite worked up the nerve to try one. Honestly, without this push, I may have gone forever without trying it.
I was very nervous about attempting these blocks so I started by watching several videos and reading a handful of blog posts on paper piecing. It seemed pretty straightforward so I printed out the templates and got started. Oh, but wait! This block has two pieces that need to be pieced together. Nothing I read/watched said anything about that. Hopefully, it won't cause too much trouble.
Attempt number one and I put my fabric on backwards. Attempt number two and I didn't position the second piece right, which meant it didn't cover the whole surface it needed to. No problem! I expected a few botched attempts. That's why I printed four templates right!
Attempt number three provided two successful halves! And a mess when I joined them together. I was starting to get pretty frustrated at this point but decided that maybe the fourth time would be the ticket.
I was wrong. And near tears, I was so frustrated. So I walked away for a few days.
On my second day paper piecing, I printed out 6 copies and sat down determined to get it right! Attempt 5 was a failure at the joining stage. I needed help. I took a picture, posted to IG and begged for help from Rita. She is awesome and immediately responded. Over the next 20 minutes she sent me some tips and suggestions for getting my points to match up.
Attempt 6 yielded a successful block! Attempt 7 another failure :( Attempt 8 was also a success and I believe I figured out what I was doing wrong at this point!
I had hoped to make 4 blocks to send but at this point I was just done with paper piecing! Since it was nearing February and our February Queen Bee, Aylin had already posted her block I took a peek. And then sighed in relief. She had chosen a relatively simple domino block. I grabbed my low volume fabrics, got cutting and shortly had two sets of blocks finished. I really needed a quick and easy finish, too.
How about you guys? Any paper piecing horror stories? Or any tips for a beginner paper piecer?