I have wondered about Paper Piecing for a while now, but frankly, could not get my mind around it. When I saw the pattern for the safety pin, Safe With Me, I knew this was the one I wanted to try and so I delved in.
Image © Valorie Webster
First, let me thank Craftsy and The Night Quilter for providing the free pattern.
I consider myself to be pretty crafty and a good sewist, since I have been sewing for about 50 years! That said, paper piecing took me some serious thought and this pattern is not exactly the easiest one to start with. After watching a couple of tutorial videos, I decided to just go for it. I am happy with the result. I love the white pin, signifying purity of heart and thought to me, and the bright Kaffe Fassett print, the colors representing the wide variety of people that the new (to the USA) symbol represents.
I do not choose to make this a political post! So, here are a couple of tips from a newbie at paper piecing:
- Choose a simple pattern to start with.
- Print your pattern on light-weight paper, if you can.
- Do use a smaller stitch length, but also DO remember that if you have to rip out a seam, those tiny stitches are a challenge. (The voice of experience!)
- As with all new things, give yourself permission to learn. Rome was not built in a day!
- Take it slow and steady. Think about the process. #3 above only came about because I got in a hurry and thought I had it all figured out! Slow and steady wins the race!
So here’s to trying a new project! Stretch yourself in different ways. It will expand your horizon!
A shout out to the always inspiring blog alpha//whiskey//foxtrot, as her post today really touched me. Not one to dwell, at least verbally, on the negatives or dark side in my head, the following came as a result of several rough days and the blog shared above. Thanks again, AWF!!!
Wherever you are today, I hope you are on the positive side of the line!
(photo © Valorie Webster; quote is copied, author unknown)
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Still soaking up the photos from the Toronto trip…
This interesting artwork caught my eye as we were taking our first stroll in Toronto. I can’t even say where it is, because we didn’t really have our bearings yet. I found it very cool, as the 3-d effect is very well done.
I wish I could have done it more justice with a better picture.
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Thanks for looking!
Montage © Valorie Webster
This montage © Valorie Webster
Lumar inspired me to try this challenge…so far, so good! Join in?
This is for the week of C:
If you happen to be following this letter challenge with me, you may wonder why I have so many pictures of letters. Well, I didn’t have a good c, but the reason I have letters at all is for use in montages…a creative and fun way of expressing that I learned from Carol Leigh some time ago. She does some fascinating work!
So, here we go…let’s see what I can find to post this week!
Cat…trying to hide in the shrubs and shade…
Colorful coils…though they are really slinkeys, that doesn’t start with c!
Casting…could say catching too, but that is not guaranteed!
And the last selection this week is Checks…a digital image I created…
All images © Valorie Webster