Over winter break, one of my resolutions was to finish quilt tops that were partially done. I finished the house quilt which had sat in the drawer with all of the blocks done since the fall.
When I first started blogging last year, I took a class on paper piecing a New York Beauty quilt. A few of you may remember that, but most of you I hadn't connected with yet.
The owner of my favorite quilt shop encouraged me to take it saying anyone could paper piece. Well, she was right and I did love the ease of paper piecing. However, the next part...the part she failed to tell would be very difficult and I was too fresh of a quilter to realize what I was getting into....the curved piecing part, well that wasn't quite so simple. My blocks really were wonky and a bit out of shape, even though they connected with the arks just like she told me too.
Last night, I sewed all of the blocks together and then put the borders on. I had put this off for almost a year and I know the reason why I did. I feared it would be an uneven, crooked nightmare putting them together. (Please imagine the horror show movie music playing here.)
However, I am delighted to say that it was not bad and really the blocks look pretty good. I am proud that I tried a new technique and lived to tell about it!
I also think that getting an extra year of sewing experience behind me before dealing with the mis-shapened things really did help me. I have done a ton of sewing this year and there have been several times lately that I have noticed huge ways in which I have grown in technique.