It was all going according to plan. Having been engrossed in the new Patchwork & Quilting magazine I was particularly interested in making the Block of the Month. The idea would be that after a year I would have 12 issues of the magazine, a whole quilt's worth of blocks and learnt 12 new techniques. Issue one went reasonably well
I liked the effect it made and learnt how to make "Flying Geese". By the eight one they were almost neat and they did all more or less fit together well.
Filled with confidence and enthusiasm, on Sunday I turned my attention to issue two. A paper pieced Origami style tile. Sounded interesting and I'd never tried that technique before. It was only the second issue, it surely would be getting more difficult in small increments each month, saving real challenges for the end of the project. Issue two would only be slightly more difficult than issue one wouldn't it? Right? Wrong. Oh my goodness, it involved printing off patterns, holding the fabric on the reverse of the paper and sewing through the top, switching front to back. Things did not go well. My vision of a single bed quilt became scaled down to a cushion cover using only issue one's block. You made this block in quarters and after two, I needed a break. A few days worth of break. I refused to let it beat me and I planned to spend my day off today trying to figure it out again. Last night I took the magazine up it bed to read some of the articles I hadn't got round to reading before diving into the sewing part at the end. And what did I see at the bottom of a page in small font?
More advanced quilters. Advanced? Six months ago I wasn't even a beginner! No wonder I was finding it hard. But after my cooking club lesson this morning which included a glass of prosecco and grand marnier cocktail, and a half glass each of red and white wine to wash down the food I was ready to take on the world, starting one patchwork block at a time. I got out my fabric and patterns, I re-read the instructions, focused my eyes on stitching straight along the lines and guess what? Ta da!!!!
Turns out all you need to become an advanced patchwork quilter is alcohol. Secret's out. What are you waiting for? Cheers! Bring on issue three ☺