Monday, July 26, 2010

Why I hate paper piecing..........let me count the ways:

You gals are magic! I received my chintz panel the morning after I posted asking for you to cross your fingers. Thank you! Only problem is...............I am not truly pleased with it. Bummer and a half. I don't know if you can tell from my photo, but the color is so "washed out", for want of a better term. I thought the colors would be quite vivid, and clear, as are most of the chintzes I've seen in stores, but they are so muted as to seem faded. With postage from Amsterdam, my half of the package ended up costing me approximately $35.00. I know that isn't the end of the world, but it is very disappointing. I guess I'll set it aside to come back to at a later date. Perhaps when my expectations aren't built up too high, I'll see it in a more favorable light. Do you like it? I would love to know what your opinions are.

That said, I needed to come up with a new plan for the center of my medallion quilt, in which I will use my clamshells as borders, and setting triangles. Now, I haven't done any major piecing in quite a while, as applique has just consumed all my time, but I pulled up my big girl britches and decided to tackle this:

Isn't it gorgeous? This is a quilt, and pattern, by Australian quilter, Chris Jurd. It has the templates for paper piecing...............er, did I ever mention that I am pathetic at paper piecing? Well, I am. I don't enjoy it, and I don't like it, and it doesn't like me either! I have had a remarkably trouble-free time, thus far in the process, but rather than giving me confidence, it just makes me nervous...........like waiting for the other shoe to drop, if you know what I mean. I like how it's looking, so I'll keep at it, and hope for the best. Paper piecing is the only way I know to get something this complicated together, although there are many of you wonderful hand piecers out there who could do it with no dificulty whatever. You know who you are! 

I'm having trouble getting my photos to come up, so I'll close for now, and work on that. Michele

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