One thing about being a new quilter (or new at anything) is that there’s always a bunch of “firsts” – First time cutting fabric, first time sewing, first time “unsewing”, first time doing a mystery quilt, etc. Well I have two new things to add: first time doing a quilt along and first time foundation paper piecing.
A quilt along is very similar to a Block of The Month program except the instructions are usually provided weekly. These are great multi-week “lessons” for quilters of all skill levels. Fresh Lemons Quilts is hosting a quilt along for their Sugar Plum table runner at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. It’s a modern Christmas table runner with a mixture foundation paper piecing and traditional piecing.
I was a little hesitant to participate in the quilt along because this is my first go at paper piecing….which seems like a very intimidating method (especially if you look at Judy Niemeyer quilts). Thankfully these aren’t extremely complicated blocks and the detailed instructions make it very easy to understand and follow…but that doesn’t mean you won’t have (user related) issues. I had to “unsew” a few times because the pieces weren’t right (put on wrong, more than a quarter inch seam, etc.) and one block I just tossed in the garbage halfway through because it was looking terrible. Having done 12 paper pieced blocks so far, I really enjoy the process and the end result is amazing. Everything is so precise and on point.