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Oh my goodness, why, oh why, did I choose a paper piecing project to share with all of you when it is my least favorite of techniques? I like the end results but the process is painful! I picked the project of the sewing machine months ago from the book Needles and Notions by Jaynette Huff. I knew it was to be completed by a certain date but do you think I started working on it early? No, I procrastinated to the very end, do any of you know what I’m talking about?
Well, as it turns out I had a visitor show up while working on this project that I could have done without. I’m sure many of you know who he is, his name is RIPPIT. Yes, I was ripping, sewing, ripping, ripping, ripping and sewing. For some reason I have the hardest time thinking in reverse when it comes to paper piecing.
Finally, the project was done, embellished with thread, a sewing machine needle, fabric swatches, pins, and a pin cushion made by rolling up strips of fabric. I purchased a simple inexpensive frame from the craft store to place my piece into. First I adhered the paper pieced top with 505 Spray & Fix to a piece of batting, then adhered the batting to the cardboard that came with the frame. Then, I popped it into the frame leaving the glass off, or you could leave the glass on if you didn’t add any dimensional embellishments.
I love my finished piece and want to make even more to compliment this one. Oh, what am I saying?! It’s like childbirth, we forget much too quickly of the pain but the result is wonderful.
So now remember, we all have scraps leftover from a quilt project that we don’t know what to do with and don’t want to part with but with Jaynette’s book you can use up those scraps. Make just one or as many little masterpieces as you like to keep or give away as gifts and hopefully have fun doing it and keep RIPPIT out of your sewing room.
One thing I want to mention that honestly and truly happened while I was in the process of sewing this project. You see, we have a resident four legged, green creature that lives out back in the hose reel. My husband mentioned one day that he hadn’t seen him for awhile and that he had gone missing. Now that my project is finished Mr. Frog has once again been seen and heard in the hose reel. Do you really think he came to visit me in the sewing room?