One of my quirks is that I like to document my achievements. Ergo, this blog. But I also love to develop lists and then check off items as I get them done. For example, this morning’s was: walk a mile (done by 9 a.m.,), vacuum the stairs (my house has two sets that are carpeted, and both have landings,) and paper piece a lighthouse.
I’ve been working on a Carol Doak paper piecing pattern that was left over from a guild sale. No one wanted it; not even when the price was $0. So, what is this pattern we couldn’t even give away? It’s a coastal scene with a mariner’s compass sun, four ships, lots of grasses, and a lighthouse. While the fabrics shown on the package are dated, I think what really put off folks was the tiny size of some of the pieces. On the other hand, the scene has large blocks of fabric with no piecing.
Have I used my seam ripper? Absolutely, especially for angled pieces that I think will cover but don’t. If you’ve ever paper pieced, you know what I’m talking about.
This isn’t a pattern to take on if you like to see results fast. I guess the lighthouse took me about fifteen minutes as I used striped fabric, but the ships take a lot longer with up to twenty pieces. Nothing like spending a hour on something that finishes up at 3 by 4 inches. Now that the lighthouse is done I only have to do one more boat and then all the grasses.