Humperdinck! Humperdinck! Humperdinck!"
Yes I just watched The Princess Bride again. I love that movie. So many priceless lines that are applicable in everyday conversations.... such as "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." and "You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept"
Anyway, my venture into Princess Bride was spawned by a desire to see how much work I could get done in a specified period of time and a movie is the perfect timer. The trick you see, is to not get distracted by all the projects I want to do but haven't started yet, or to get distracted by all the new and cool projects (like this great Quilt of Valor idea I have, or the English Paper Piecing method I want to get set up to take to Rag with me) that are out there, but instead focus on sewing for an hour and a half. Its tough being chronically creative.
So what did I accomplish in an hour and half? Not quite as much as I would have liked.
Let me first start by saying that this paper-piecing project turned out to be a little trickier that I initially anticipated. I think it has to do with some of the odd shapes of the flowers. I would stitch a piece on, open it up and find that it didn't lay at all where I intended. Oops. So here is my method for eliminating that little problem. Also, reduces waste!
1. Print a cardboard template and cut each piece out.
2. Use a little rolled piece of masking tape, sticky side out, to tape the template to the WRONG side of the fabric. (This seemed to be where most of my mistakes happened while cutting, so be careful)
3. Cut 1/4 - 3/16 of an inch all the way around.
|My stack of pieces. This will make 8 quilt blocks.|
.....and an hour and a half later I had cut all the pieces for 8 blocks and started stitching them
Oh and FYI, although I'm probably the only person silly enough to actually do this... spray starch is bad for paper piecing patterns. It makes the ink bleed. Wait until you remove the paper to starch the block.
... I'm not left-handed...
Linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday (see my sidebar for a link), even those these blocks aren't complete yet!