When Juliet sent an email asking for testers for her triceratops pattern, I replied straight away with an enthusiastic YES. I loved the pattern and could picture a dinosaur quilt.
I don't do paper piecing often, so I really have to concentrate, but my concentration obviously lapsed, hence the three legged dinosaur. As Mr TMW said... Oops!!! I made plenty of mistakes, especially at the beginning of making the block, and my seam ripper had a good workout. However, I didn't discover the missing leg until the very end when it was all finished.
I seem to space my paper piecing projects at least 6 months apart. The last one was the linked squares block, sewn in June last year. This meant I'd forgotten much of the process and had to refresh my memory with a little reading...
Reading obviously wasn't enough. Experience, practice and concentration... that's what's needed! I am getting better at lining up points, but as you can see, I have a LONG way to go.
The missing leg and wonky points are in no way a reflection of the pattern. Head on over to Tartankiwi to see what the triceratops block is supposed to look like.
The pattern does contain quite a few very small pieces and I would suggest it is more suited to those with some Foundation Paper Piecing experience, or those who are up for a challenge. The triceratops pattern is available as a free download on Craftsy.
So, did I fail as a pattern tester? Absolutely not!!! I was able to pass on useful information about the pattern and that's the point of testing a pattern.
Funnily enough, I did enjoy the process, even though I haven't mastered it. There's just something I like about turning odd shaped pieces of fabric into something recognisable. I am going to have another go at the triceratops block, but I think I'll leave it a little while. I think the trick is not to leave it so long that I've forgotten where I went wrong. To improve, I have to remember the mistakes and how I made them.
In the meantime, Mr Triceratops is just going to have to limp along alone.