Tuesday, 9 July 2013

And Sew On - the one with the iron and the first one. Again.

I'd fallen behind with the And Sew On BOM, hosted by Kristy at Quiet Play, so it was time to catch up.  I got May's block out and my box of Bliss/Ruby scraps and got to work.



I can't remember what this block's called.  I think it's Press On.  I could probably look it up... nah, I'm too lazy!

This actually went together pretty easily.  The only bit I struggled with was the bottom part with the legs of the ironing board.  The three blue spotty parts were cut from one layer cake which meant I had to get the angle right as there wasn't much spare fabric.  It only took 4 goes.  On each of the outer parts.  Yes, I'm crap at paper piecing!



A little piece of patchwork being squashed into submission ironed. And, to keep it authentic, there's a thread there on the ironing board!  Multiply that by 1000 and you get my ironing board!



The iron is modelled on my own iron.  I think this picture is sideways on.  Took me a while to figure out what it is!  I think in my previous And Sew On post, I gave the impression I don't like paper piecing, I got that from the comments I received.  I do!  I really enjoy it, though it is frustrating sometimes.

Which brings me neatly on to the next block... frustration city.  Oh no, sorry, it's called Measure Twice.  I majorly buggered this up the first time I made it and was always planning on a remake.  I'd found some tape measure fabric too, so it had to be done.  Kristy says on the pattern "this one is easy"!  Oh but it is not.



So there we go, the finished block.  The green spot represents my cutting board and the other fabrics are the ones being measured.  I should have done some of that.  See that?



I'd sewn that top seam, joining the tape measure and the cutting board 5 times.  5 times.  And it was still too short.  So I fudged it.  It's staying like that!

With the exception of the strip where the tape measure is, I sewed each and every seam at least twice.  Usually more!  Kristy, this one should be advanced!

Just a little note - emails are backing up in my inbox.  I have a new phone, one of these touch screen malarkies and I can not write emails on it.  I just can't type on it at all without it looking like this:

lajlebagbj je;a sejeb;g

so I can't answer emails from my phone as I usually do, that means it has to wait until I'm on the home computer... that doesn't happen that often and when it does I have posts to write and blogs to read, so sorry ladies, I am ignoring you but I don't mean to!

14 comments:

MoodyCatCrafts said...

They're looking good! I love paper piecing, but in every block I do there's always a moment I want to throw it across the room and have a tantrum!

pennydog said...

I have trouble with matching angles up when paper piecing too, the brain isn't meant to have to work backwards and upside down :)

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Lol! Sorry! Don't meant to laugh at your misfortune, but you do have a funny way of telling your paper piecing woes! So sorry that first block gave you so much grief. It's the angles right? Angles still give me grief. They are not fun. :( Your blocks however, look fab!

Kerryp77 said...

I'm really impressed by your quilting. I've tried doing emails from my kindle and it's a nightmare being touchscreen, and hubby wonders why i like my blackberry!

cauchy09 said...

ooh, that iron looks great!

Samantha said...

Phew, panic over, she still loves me, just can't type!

JoJo said...

As usual you are doing a great job and you are way too hard on yourself with mistakes or wonkiness that I can't even see!

Sandra :) said...

I'm fairly certain that every paper piecer runs into the same problems - some of us more than others! I've added bits to sections to finish covering paper - it happens - nobody will notice it in a block that's in a project :) Acute angles can be a real booger to piece (and they're a real fabric suck, too!) - the more acute the angle, the bigger I cut my fabric, so I don't go crazy, lol! I sometimes baste those acute angles to check my accuracy - just to save throwing the block out or - God forbid - ripping out those tiny little stitches :D

Jane Galley said...

I admire your patience for keeping on with these blocks, I'd have given up months ago, lol. Love your iron

ukcitycrafter said...

Your iron block looks very complicated - well done for having the patience to get it looking so good.

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Anita said...

Hi Wendy,
You look like you've been having fun!
Cheers, Anita.

Joy McD said...

Oh, sometimes paper piecing drives me nuts, but the end result is great :) Love the blocks you have done xxx

Celtic Thistle said...

Your blocks look great. I am impressed at your patience too I would certainly have given up before the 5th attempt!

Little Treasures said...

Love the iron!