Of course, it all went together perfectly well in the end:
But next time I really must remember to write a plan of what goes where. If you’re piecing anything complicated, it’s always a good idea to make two versions of the piecing plan – one to cut up, and one to refer to later on. This creature is pieced in silk, which is less bulky on a small scale than cotton. You can see from the picture that I’ve removed the tacking, which I usually do after pressing. Tacking stitches can be distracting and patchwork always becomes transformed and elevated once the temporary stitches are removed. I’m also showing you the back so that you can see what it looks like before the papers are taken out:
Thankfully I remembered to number the pieces, which was helpful. Goodness knows what I might have ended up with if I’d forgotten that bit as well. You can see that concave curves need to be clipped in order to fit around curved paper pieces. You can also see that you don’t need to clip right to the edge – I usually leave about 1/16″ unclipped.
And on very close inspection, some of the seams don’t match up perfectly – which is OK, since all the seams will be covered by linen yarn. In fact, in real life they already are, since these pictures are from last week and I’ve been working on this over the weekend. Next time you see this it will probably be finished. A kind of time lapse photography. And proof of the fact that time is relative.
Post script: there is a tutorial on English paper piecing here.