Confessions of an imperfect piecer

I’m one of those painful people called “perfectionists”! I spend nearly as much time unpicking and resewing as I do in stitching in the first place. If I can’t do something well, I don’t do it at all – eg I would never play chess, because I knew my brilliant son would beat me! I always have to fix mistakes – other people’s as well as my own! I’m always correcting grammar, like telling sporting commentators from my lounge room that they’ve used an adjective instead of an adverb – pity they can’t hear me!

My personality of course carries over to my stitching. If you look at my designs, you will see dozens of needle-cases, bags, cushions, wall-hangings, stitching accessories, but only a handful of quilts. That’s because I’m an imperfect piecer! 

I admit that embroidery is my first love and so it is easy to put all my effort into that. I don’t find sitting at a sewing machine sewing little pieces together for a quilt all that enjoyable, especially when they don’t turn out 110% accurate. I become disappointed with the result, and therefore I don’t sew many quilts!

 Over the years, I’ve learned ways to get by, like designing quilts without points, or using ‘disappearing’ blocks that look as though you’ve done amazing piecing, or using lots of appliqué to get the focus in the right place! 

 We have a half-sized Pool Table which is always covered with a quilt when not in use, which quilt is now VERY faded and drab. As only a quilt will do, I have to face my fear of imperfection and get going and make a replacement. I wanted to use the Arbor Window block (aka Granny Square), but oh dear, all those hundreds of points with the potential to be not quite perfect. 

After a pleasant time looking at lots of wonderful quilts using this block on the internet, I discovered the possibility of making beautiful square blocks with no points to align! Out with the calculator, some scraps, and plenty of enthusiasm, and after a couple of attempts at getting the right triangle sizes, I have had success. 

I don't mind the small bit of wastage involved, when I can achieve perfect points and accurate square blocks. Nesting the seams makes it easy to line up the square blocks in their rows, which is about all the aligning that I have to worry about.

 I am now facing the making of this quilt with a totally different attitude. Once again, I have decided to use the Quilt-As-You-Go method. I feel as though I have somewhat perfected my favoured version of this QAYG technique now and I certainly find it easier quilting small blocks instead of a whole quilt.

I have one other admission to make - using a cutting die (I have an Accuquilt Go) means I start with very accurately cut shapes, and this has certainly helped my piecing to improve. Who knows, one day I might even make a Dear Jane Quilt!


Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Block 2

Today I have the second block for you in the free 

The next item in our wardrobe is Tolerance - an attribute we sure need to put on every day!

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe
God picked out for you ... 
Be tolerant with one another.
Colossians 3:13

A few people have asked when these blocks are being made available. I plan to upload them at the beginning of the third week of each month. They will each then be available until the end of this year. So don't worry if you miss one, you can always go back and collect it.

Block 2 is available in my Craftsy Store. I hope you enjoy stitching it.

I have done a bit more work on my row quilt which is full of lovely appliques. Here's the preparations for a pot which is now filled with plenty of flowers:

Do you like my little hinge on the gate?:

It's part of a key charm plus some chain stitching. My quilt is almost ready to put together, but I've had another commission to attend to so have had to put it aside for a week or so!

My husband and I are so blessed to have some wonderful friends. A dear couple turned up with these gorgeous carnations and roses to brighten our week when I was feeling a bit down:

Totally blessed!
... and I hope you are this week too.

Happy stitching!