It’s taken days and days, but we’ve gone from this:
Initially I pieced the strips into lengths of strips, but the fact that they were all different lengths and not a consistent number of colours or values meant that this method wasn’t working. So there was a change of plan and the strips turned into irregularly pieced blocks:
Can you see yet what I did?
I’m about to confess.
I’ll whisper it, so as not to scare the horses.
I used the machine.
It was easier. I’m as surprised as anyone. I did start off piecing by hand, but the benefit of piecing these by machine was that all the measuring and trimming could be done after stitching. I don’t like to cut through hand-pieced seams because obviously they’re not as robust as machine-pieced ones. It was no quicker, and I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but there it is. It was a Useful Exercise and one that I don’t intend to repeat – but I might just surprise myself again.
I do feel as if I should be sitting on the naughty step though.