One of the classes I took while at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London earlier this year was Paper Piecing with Joanna and Julianna. I have never tried Paper Piecing before but really wanted to give it a go as I have seen so many fantastic patterns created using this method.
I did find I quite challenging, I think it has something to do with following instructions and planing ahead. I'm not very good with either, I tend to rush ahead with the fabric choices in all of my sewing, which could be why I end up with so many WIP's!
However a few weeks ago I decided to pull out the unfinished typewriter panel and have another go.
Some of the bits don't meet where they should and I had to unpick quite a few seams once I realised I had put the wrong fabric in a few crucial spots but overall I'm pleased.
The biggest cock-up I made was in pulling away the paper at the end, again no patience! I should have just sat and carefully removed them. Instead I ripped and yanked resulting in me having to re-stitch a few of the seams. Then I had the bright idea of soaking the whole thing to make the paper softer and easier to rip.... bad idea. The ink from the pattern soaked through in a couple of places and I now have a nasty line running down the body of my typewriter, but you live and learn. I won't be making that mistake again.