TIP: Start small when you are trying a new method.
There are two main points to address:
1. Squaring up the blocks. This was not as precise with the paperless piecing and thus it was often difficult to match points in the main seams. Lots of do-overs, but imperfection reigns. Since I add seam allowance on my paper patterns every piece is trimmed perfectly with points exactly at the seam line.
2. With the paperless method everything is glued together, then stitched. It looked fine, but when it came to matching points at a main seam, the glue added thickness and my sewing machine tended to skew the stitching slightly when going over the thickness. I had two particular points (yellow) that were supposed to meet, but they did not do so in any of the blocks. They did come out about the same in every block so they looked OK...I guess.
TIP: Save the paperless paper piecing for simple blocks. Use paper if you are making lots of points (no photo of the failed blocks - I want to forget them).
|Corner piece with perfect points.|
I soaked it. I didn't take the Sulky Solvy paper out of the spiral in the center. When quilt top dried, the spiral center was all stiff and there were bits of paper fiber stuck to the top of the quilt top. So....into the washing machine next time I have weather to wash...maybe Wednesday. It is a bit horrifying and I have made the decision to redo all those blocks. This would not have happened if the top had been quilted when soaked because the quilting would have contained everything. The glue? Did it dissolve into the water and get all over everything? I don't know. I think soap and water will get it all out.
This means shopping for a new fabric to take the place of the fussy-cut fabric I used throughout. The remains of that fabric looks like a huge moth got to it. There is a rainbow after all. Searching for fabric is like buying candy.
Now, don't worry, I am excited to get this quilt beautifully correct and as perfect as possible. I will paper piece and I will tear out the paper before quilting. I have also decided to cut up the "bad" one and create another quilt with it. I think that will be fun. Below is my idea, but it is not fully developed yet. I will be looking for inspiration and thinking about details in the next few months. No rush.
|How cool is that? Created using the graphic version of the quilt on my computer.|
TIP: Failure is a dirty word. Don't let it discourage you. Find the bright side because there always is one. Mistakes can be a jumping off point for improvement and new ideas if you keep an open mind.
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you bright thoughts as you stitch this week.