I just finished my most recent 40 Shades of Grey block of the month block. It’s called “Spinning Geese”.
I thought this block would take me no time to finish. I love paper piecing so I thought it would be easy.
I was wrong. I had so many difficulties with this block.
First of all, this was one of those paper pieced patterns where they have you cut out specific sized fabrics. I followed the instructions but discovered that the amounts were wrong.
It only called for 8 inner and outer background pieces but that was only enough to do half of the circle. And while it wasn’t a problem for the inner background fabric, (they sent me plenty) I ran out of outer background fabric and had to put a couple of pieces together. I don’t think it’s noticeable – just annoying.
The paper piecing was easy.
But then the pattern called for cutting the outer circle out as one whole unit and sewing it to the finished circle. I wouldn’t have done it this way. I would have cut the outside circle into quarters and pieced them to the quarters of the inside circle and then sewn it into a square. I think sewing a complete inside-out circle is difficult. Maybe it’s just me.
I wanted to do it that way but worried that a seam allowance hadn’t been added for four extra seams. After trying to pin the whole circle, I decided to try it that way but with 2 half circles.
It worked that way.
Then, inside of the circle were more of the appliqued perfect circles that have been scattered throughout this project. I’m getting pretty good at these!
The pattern for the inside circle was included (but only for the grey circle). I cut out the fabric and got it ready to applique but then discovered it was too big by about a quarter of an inch.
I was very frustrated at this point because I dug through all the circles I had used before and couldn’t find the right size.
So I had to make my own circle.
This one fit and I was able to find two smaller circles from previous months to make the pink and flower circle.
As you can see, I machine top-stitched the inside circles because I had been working on this block for two days and was done with it. I like to think of it as extra durable this way.
I looked forward in the book and there’s only a couple more months. Yay!