Thursday, May 14, 2015

Too many points


I still can’t show you what I’m working on, but here’s a pile of detritus from that project. You may not believe it after my paper-pieced snowflake obsession last fall, and the little bits of paper you see mixed in with the fabric trimmings in this picture, but paper piecing really is not my favourite piecing technique.  It is sometimes, however, just what’s needed to achieve a particular result.  So I have been paper-piecing and pinning and pinning and pinning to match too many a lot of points.  Please, no.more.pinning!  I don’t like pinning much more than paper piecing!

So why am I doing both?  Because I am just so pleased with what I see at the end of it all.  This is a set of several items, and near the end of each I ask myself what I was thinking to commit to making several of these. OK, I complain.  Loudly.  Then put in the last seam and I just love what I see, decide it was so worth it, and start the next one.

Just now, however, I am in the “please, no more pinning stage” so I’m taking a break and working on the binding for a donation quilt.


I’m afraid this simple quilt has been waiting awhile. Two other ladies and I started making blocks at a sewing day last November.  I sewed half the blocks into a baby quilt at a sewing day in January, quilted it at the February get-together and started attaching the binding at April’s event, at which time my sewing machine went wonky (it’s all better now, yay!).  I’m not sure when we’re meeting again so I’m just going to get this done and donated now.  The rest of the blocks will get put together eventually as well.

I’m off to bind, and then to pin more points!


  1. I don't like pinning either but I find I get more precise piecing when I pin (points or not), so I pin. i can't wait to see what you're working on.

  2. points. Ugh! But I can't wait to see it. I'm sure it will be spectacular!

  3. After working with your fabulous snowflakes Joanne, I started thinking of you as a master of paper piecing! So it is kind of funny to hear that you aren't that overly fond of it. But I can sure relate - it's not easy but the results are so worth it.
    Your donation quilt will make someone very happy.

  4. I took a class on paper piecing once, and all I learned was that I never wanted to do that again. However, as I continue to see your beautiful work, I may change my mind someday. I do love that donation quilt! I'm trying to remember the pattern name; help me! ---"Love"

  5. I use as few pins as necessary. I don't like pinning much either. Sometimes you just have to do it. I love your little donation quilt, it looks like it wants to belong to a little girl. Good luck with your pinning!

  6. You are funny Joanne! I'm sure those tailings mean that something very special is in the offing. Your donation quilt is so pretty and will be loved by its recipient. It's a good feeling to get an *old* project completed.

  7. I'm right there with you on paper piecing - sometimes it just must be done. I can't wait to see what you've cooked up and those colors are beautiful. The donation quilt is sweet, even if took a bit to finish. It will bring joy to a little one and probably their mom as well. And I'm glad to hear your sewing machine is all better!

  8. I loved reading your perspective on paper piecing and pinning. Just how many of whatever you are making are you making? Well, enjoy your relaxing binding.


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