So. Jewel. Let's just say it wasn't entirely my favourite block so far. You know sometimes you sit down to do a bit of sewing and not one single thing goes right? Let's list the litany of disasters that made up Jewel:
- Couldn't find the fabrics I wanted to use, so ended up choosing two greys (one print, one solid), which were far more similar than I thought they were.
- Wanted to freezer paper piece but couldn't find the freezer paper.
- Decided that I would just use normal paper to 'freezer' paper piece and pin it carefully in place. This didn't work.
- Decided to draw around normal pieces of paper as I would if hand piecing, but sew it with the machine. Aforementioned bad pinning meant this didn't work.
- Swore lots and bodged the whole thing together.
- Realised that due to a printing error the entire thing was about 3/4" smaller than it was meant to be.
At this stage I poured tea and ate chocolate.
This block actually isn't remotely complicated. It would be simple to foundation piece (I am terrible at ending up with prints facing the way I want when I foundation piece, which is why I discounted it) and would be fairly simple to freezer paper piece with actual freezer paper. Or you could hand piece it, or english paper piece it. In fact, there are many many perfectly acceptable ways to make this block, none of which I used, so I have a limited amount of wisdom to share this week. When I re-make it, I will probably either hand piece or english paper piece, unless I choose some really small scale prints in which it doesn't matter if I do wildly wonky foundation piecing.
Fingers crossed for next time.