I was supposed to go out for a run early this morning....but it was -18C....so I made the executive decision to make a change of plans.
I don't really mind the cold, it's more the dicey footing on snowy days that I don't like (which wasn't an issue this morning, mind you). It just felt like a good idea to curl up in my chair and begin the first block of the Hand-Pieced QAL.
I had pretty much talked myself out of this QAL since I have so many hand projects on the go....but after reading Kathy's post the other day at Kathy's Quilts, which you can find HERE, I thought I'd give it a try. (That Kathy can be quite an enabler!)
I have done hand-piecing before, and enjoy it (of course), but you never know when you may pick up some new tips and tricks along the way.
I usually mark my stitching lines with pencil and just eyeball the seam allowance with scissors, then sew on the pencil lines. Not long ago I bought this nifty new ruler, the Jinny Beyer Perfect Piecer.
I don't know why I bought it, other than the fact that I'm a bit of a gadget girl. Did I really think it would make a difference in my piecing....to be honest, probably not!
There are little holes in the ruler that you use to mark little dots using a mechanical pencil to indicate the sewing line.
I honestly have to say that I've never, ever such a nicely pieced block!! Two thumbs up for this little ruler.
I also used another gadget that I've picked up lately, a seam roller, which is also useful for paper-piecing.
All-in-all, a pleasing session of hand-work this morning. The block went together nicely and I'm happy now that I've joined in :)
I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts on Sunday morning for Slow Sunday Stitching (I'm cheating and writing this on Saturday as on Sunday morning I'll be running the Robbie Burns 8k!).
I am also linking up with Elm Street Quilts for their first link-up party for the Hand-Pieced QAL.