I've done some more paper piecing; again, pattern testing for Juliet, over at Tartankiwi. The first time, Juliet trusted me to test her 5" ladybird block and this time, the linked squares block you can see here. I really am testing the process from a beginner's perspective, as the only other paper piecing I have ever done, was a Mariners Compass at a class I attended.
Initially, I looked at the pattern and thought... how do I even begin? It was 6 months since I'd made the ladybird block and I couldn't remember a thing about paper piecing!!! And, of course, I'd left it till the last minute. Just as well I work well under pressure... LOL!!!
The photo above shows the last mistake I made. Just after midnight, when I thought I was finished, I saw that with the last seam I had not lined up the points in the middle and it was VERY obvious. Of course I redid it.
Juliet has suggested Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin for further reading. I'll definitely give this a go next time.
Once I started, it all came together surprisingly quickly (even including the time it took to redo my mistakes.) I really did enjoy making this block and am keen to do more, but there is no way I could make a whole paper pieced quilt. The pattern does show you how to, though.
The hardest and longest part of the process, was choosing the fabric. I pulled fabric from my stash and ended up with fabric everywhere, trying this and that together. I am happy with the combination I ended up using.
The design of Juliet's linked squares block Juliet is stunning!!! It really catches the eye and consequently, I LOVE the block I've sewn!!! The pattern is available for free, in the Tartankiwi Pattern Store, over at Craftsy.