On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Friday, October 1, 2010

Foundation Piecing

I like to try new things and one of my personal mantras is that the day I stop learning will be the day I die.

So today I tried my hand out foundation piecing. I've decided to compose a letter to this quilting technique.

Dear Foundation Piecing Technique,

I tried it and must respectfully request that you go to *bleep*.


Suffice it to say, foundation piecing and I are not currently on speaking terms. We've put any thoughts of forging a new relationship on hiatus indefinitely.

Here is the product of this evening's attempt. You can see for yourself that neither foundation piecing nor I could come to a point we could both agree upon, we made no reasonable or consistent allowances for seams, our margins were out of sync and altogether it was a horrible, miserable flop.

I will however, give props to myself for excellent color choice.
Two points for Integrity.

But as a whole Foundation Piecing whipped my *bleep* with a rousing 24 points (two points for each piece)

Thanks but no thanks.


501 Quilt Blocks said...

I've felt the same way you do about paper piecing but I hate to let anything get the best of me. I've watched this tutorial that makes it seem so much easier but I'm not trying again until I purchase the Add a quarter ruler.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2gKMx9CCM&feature=player_embedded Hope this link works. The paper piecing technique seems very much like the 'back basting' I do for applique so I should really 'get' the hang of it.

Bren said...

Hey! I have that same purple fabric!!! AND I wrote that same letter to foundation paper piecing years ago!!!

Mama Drama Times Two said...

The colors are fab and you did make 12! I've tried those little "figurine" paper piecing blocks (flower, penguin, goldfish etc) and they look like....well they don't like what they are supposed to. Not even a little. Sewing helps me zone out and relax. Paper piecing is too much "stop-and think" and I am more of a "sew and go" kinda gal.

QueenB said...

Stick with it, and you'll get the hang of it. I took a class years ago, which really helped as I am hopelessly visual, and even with a book, it helped to have a person showing me. Now when I pick it back up, it takes a few attempts to get it back together, but I really love it for fussy pieces...especially Autumn leaves, which go flip flip flip fast with paper piecing! Try it when you have a quiet house, and a good cup of coffee, after a good night's sleep. Oh yeah. Never mind.....!