Thursday, July 9, 2015

the big bandaid

You may remember that I kinda wore myself out
by biting off a little more than I could easily chew.

I persevered,
fought with my supposed-to-be-perfect blocks
(that weren't at all perfect)

But I also ended up not liking paper piecing at all.

it called to me,
pleading with me me to give FPP another try.


So I basically begged Sylvia to let me pattern test it ;-)

Things started off well enough.

Sylvia's pattern is very well written.
(she has a real gift for getting the point across succinctly.
do not possess this gift)
She used just enough illustrations to clarify,
and everything fit together perfectly.
(everything did not fit together perfectly on my previous FPP adventure. 
I may have mentioned... ;-)

Even the curves,
which are 'supposed' to be scary,
weren't scary at all!
In fact, I didn't even need to pin them as much as she recommended.

I did, however, find that I needed to put a pin on each side of my center pin,
otherwise the fabric shifted a smidge.

So the paper piecing part went well.
And the putting them together with the melons part went well.

But then, 
I sorta ruined it.

Well, I didn't ruin it entirely;
it's a perfectly functional
patriotic table runner/topper,
but I did ruin the wow factor
and managed to turn it into 
- what my kids say - 
looks like a band-aid.

And let's face it, they're right.
I took a perfectly stunning piece
and made

giant bandaid.

{{ face-palm }}

Even so, 
I'm proud of myself.

I revisited hard for me things
- foundation paper piecing -

I tried new things
 - curves, pattern testing
(which is tougher than it sounds, for a girl who has a hard time following patterns)
and bias binding -
(I also made continuous bias binding for the first time)
I even tried a new FMQ design
which served as excellent practice for the commissioned quilting I started on last week.

(and really ~ after distancing myself from it for a week,
I've decided that it still is a very fine table runner.
It's just not quite as fine as it could have been...)

binding sewn down on the back by machine. 

I'm still not a huge fan of FPP,
but I am a big, big fan of this pattern.
but I hope to revisit the pattern at some point
and make a whole quilt
that really shines.

I think this pattern would be a  great way to dip your toes into FPP,
as the stars are not very complex.
(plus, combined with the curved piecing
they really pack a punch!)

tell me,
are you a paper piecer?

Linking up with 'happie' Amanda Jean :-)


  1. It doesn't look like a bandaid to me at all! It's perfectly lovely and looks great! The fabrics are terrific, too. I LOVE paper piecing because I could never get such perfect stars without it. It gets much easier with practice, so maybe you should make a matching "bandaid?" :)

  2. Oh Kids always manage to put us in or place! Giant band aid! I can see it, but it is a beautiful table runner anyway! Lovely finish!

  3. These are amazing! I have paper pieced before but frequently. I can see the resemblance but only after it was mentioned :)

  4. All I can say is I loved your runner so much I put the pattern on my wish list at Craftsy...! Great post.

  5. It is a stunning pattern, but yes, now that you've said it, it looks like a giant patriotic plaster! Oops, but maybe if it had a plate or a vase of flowers on top of it it would go back to being wonderfully starry!

  6. Good on you for trying FPP again - this looks amazing! And just ignore the children- I had one of my pupils tell me that the new scarf I was wearing, that I adored, looked like a tea-towel (dish-towel). Sigh. It does. blunt. Won't stop me wearing it though!

  7. ah, Ladies ~ thanks for your sweet words. You make me smile :-)
    ~ Tracy

  8. Hahaha! Oh, my had me laughing out loud as I read! It is a perfectly beautiful bandaid...though I'm sure I wouldn't have thought that if it hadn't been pointed out.
    In all seriousness, it really is a great pattern, and a perfectly lovely table runner. Personally, I am not a fan of paper piecing - mainly because you have to pull the paper out, which I find unbearably tedious. Crazy, I know. I will find the stuff that can be left inside the project if I ever decide a pp project that begs to be made!

  9. What a stunning accomplishment! I comfort myself with the idea that there are only so many shapes in the world, so everything looks like *something* else if you look close enough. Cloud gazing is proof enough of that :-)

    I'm glad the pattern went well, and the end product is lovely, I thought "American Flag" because of the red, the blue and the stars and stripes, but to each his or her own, I guess!


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