Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Downside of paper piecing

The downside of paper piecing/foundation piecing is removing the paper. This is the border of my recent Buckeye Beauty, and I'm getting ready to baste it. BTW, I no longer need regular glasses, now that my eyes are all clear again, and only needed reading glasses from K-mart for about $12.99. Nice! Those are "readers" and I look over the top of them for anything other than close up. Now I understand why people (little old grannies) love them!

I DID manage to get it all off (telephone book pages) in about 2 1/2 hours, sitting there like a slug, trying to be entertained by TV -- ugh! DH sneaked up with the camera, trying to be cute! That's my corner, pile, nest, mess. 8-)

What was I thinking? I ordered not one, but TWO quilts for Kids (State level) and one is almost done, with a lot of quilted swirls. Instructions said to quilt it a LOT. Contrary to what one might think, free-form swirls on a DSM are not difficult -- they are easier than free-form straight lines! I was almost 3/4 finished in the center, in less than 2 hours. I decided to stop and stretch my bod.


Blog has still more surprises - I updated to a newer version and am starting all over again, wondering what some of these buttons are! Too lazy, too rushed, to figure it all out.

11 comments:

Nancy said...

I loved to remove the paper from my mother's crumb blocks when I was little. Now, I find it tedious which is probably why I don't like to paper piece.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Doing it in front on the TV is the only way I can get all that paper off!

Alycia said...

How cute - you have a nest!! I love your buckeye beauty from a few posts ago!!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I sure agree with you about quilting swirls being easier than straight (hopefully) lines! Thanks to you, I am doing more quilting and improving little by little. I'm getting more confident too! I'm working on a paper piecing project between other things. I've shown it a couple times and I hope to finish it this year. I like the way you are using the string blocks for the border. Looks great!

Angie said...

You look so CUTE in your little corner, like a little girl :D. I love the Kids quilt---I'm going to try machine quilting one of these days. :) I've actually been piecing again *gasp* so I might some day HAVE a top to quilt. LOL

I was thinking about you yesterday afternoon while watching the weather channel. Those have been ferocious storms and I was hoping that all was safe in your world.

Vicki W said...

I love foundation piecing but I hate the paper removal part. When I did my log cabin I knew it would drive me nuts so I removed the paper as I attached each row. What a mess all those paper nits are too!

Helen in the UK said...

I'm not a big fan of paper-piecing and the paper removal is one of the reasons!! Lovely to 'see' you though :)

Lynn said...

Removing that paper is always a pain but me doing miniatures makes less of it I guess. You are right when you can distract yourself from how much time it takes though - TV or audio books are good for that.

AnnieO said...

Removing paper does seem like a chore--I may have to give foundation piecing a try again though, I love Bonnie's patterns!

Glad you're seeing better and recovered well from your surgery.

I just ordered a Quilts for Kids kit too. I made one last year that went together quick--it was the quilting that took the most time, of course.

Julie in the Barn said...

You look so cute in your nest. I agree about removing the paper. I use phone book pages or those wax paper sheets from Costco (used in bakeries for grabbing the donuts.) I remove the paper while watching Netflix movies. There's nothing to watch on regular old TV these days.

Scrap - Happy Quilter (Ila) said...

"Sunny Skies" and "Purple Slurple" arrived in Lincoln today!! Great job, the swirls are awesome, thanks, Ila.
Also wanted to tell you, terrific job on the Buckeye Beauty finish as well!