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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Spikey Border Blocks

Are Finally Done!



I am very happy with them. The border was my first paper-piecing project and it took a long time (about 33 hours of actual sewing time)-- much longer than it takes to just cut strips of fabric and make a plain border. But it was worth it.

Every block finished at exactly 10.5 inches. It was quite a breeze to sew on.

There was not one piece where I had to "make it fit" -- how wonderful is that?

I am happy to report that tearing off the back paper is not nearly as tedious as I expected it to be. I've only just begun that part, but it's going quite quickly. I've already discovered that the secret is to sew with a very small stitch (which is NOT so wonderful when you have to rip out sections--believe me, I did my fair share of ripping out).

I can't wait to start my next quilt. I've purchased another Carol Doak book full of 9-patch paper-pieced star blocks.

I am now an official paper-piecing addict!

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Working Like a Clydesdale

Horse, that is.

Geez, work all week, and spend the whole weekend doing more work.

Scrub the floors, clean the bathroom, vacuum, dust, strip the bed, do laundry, fold and hang up dry laundry, put clean sheets on the bed,cook dinner,clean up the kitchen, cook breakfast, clean up the kitchen again, cook dinner again, clean up the kitchen again, take paper toweling and wipe up all the crud that landed on my clean floors...and I even had to go to my paying job both days for a short time...thank goodness we lost an hour today...it was one hour less I had to work!


Our warmish weather ended on Friday, so I did not get outside at all this weekend. I don't know where I would have found the time anyway.

The few spare hours I had were spent sewing more blocks for the quilt border. I am a little over halfway done.

I think I have 20 done and I need 32.

Everyone of these blocks has paper on the backside that I will have to tear off section by section.


Since this is my first paper-piecing project, I am not sure how much of a pain that will be. I am sure it will be a big mess! Imagine all those itty bitty pieces of paper all over the furniture & floor. I am leaving all the paper on until I sew it all together (helps to stabilize the block). Then I plan to plop down on the family room sofa in front of the television and start tearing off the paper.

I hope you all had a more relaxing weekend.

I am off to read a few blogs.
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