I sort of got sidetracked with my Bonnie Hunter Celtic Solstice when I kept making the same last 20 (of 167). Here is what a Chevron block looks like. I pinned it to a wallhanging that is on the wall right in front of me as I sew so I wouldn't sew the yellows together instead of the whites.
Although this one is perfect, not all of them were even though I measured twice, cut once, used a scant 1/4" seam, and pressed them. They seemed a little "wonky", and I wasn't happy. I probably could have squeezed and stretched them into my quilt, but I want my quilt to be straight in the end.
One of the Celtic Solstice Mystery Facebook group members posted a paper piecing method in the files for making the Chevrons. I printed out how many I needed, and avoided paper piecing. To be honest, I love paper piecing and the look of perfect points. However, it is something I have to wrap my head around many, many times before I get it right. It is sewing backwards to me, and I'm backwards myself, so it takes me a while. I also know that no one can be talking to me, no TV, and no music until I get it straight in my head.
I finally took the plunge this weekend and set aside time to re-teach myself how to paper piece after being inspired by Sarah at Sew What Sherlock. Sarah is a new to me blogger that I met on Instagram. She suggests the best tutorial/video about paper piecing is at Connecting Threads, and I agree. You can see the video here (and, by the way, their books are 40% off this week; free shipping if you spend $50 or more.)
This was one of my first successes before I trimmed seams trimmed all the way around. I did press as I went, but I also suggest trimming the seam allowances as you go. I was too excited to stop and trim.
These were ones that the green fabric wasn't large enough, so I had to rip them out. I definitely had to have patience for this. At first I thought about just starting over, but it would have taken more time to cut everything again. Thanks to my favorite seam ripper from Clover. I was able to rip the threads without ripping the paper.
So, here they are! All 165 (I did two of them wrong).
This post is linked to:
Scrap Basket Sunday at Kim's Big Quilting Adventure
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
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