Wednesday, 18 July 2012

WIP Wednesday- Pattern Testing

I was really chuffed when Kristy of Quiet Play asked me to pattern test her paper pieced helicopter, although I must admit that when she asked my internal dialogue went something like this:

"YES! DEFINITELY. DO IT, sounds like FUN"
"... Ah but I don't have enough time..."
"...BUT it'd be fun..."
"... What if I can't find the time and end up disappointing Kristy, that would be bad..."
"... But it would be fun to sew!"
"... No, should do the sensible thing and say that I can't do it"
"... But its such a cool wee pattern and it'd be fun!"
"... Anyway, since when have I been sensible"
"... hmmm... true..."
" Oh go on then' I'll start straight away and get it done somehow"

And here is my first effort:
Cute eh!?!

Considering that Kristy designed this block for her helicopter pilot sister it seemed only fitting to give my helicopter a female pilot- unfortunately there is a bit of a zero gravity situation going on in the cockpit- oops!

But... there was a problem! The day that I pieced this block was one of those days when I really should NOT paper piece. EVERYTHING went wrong. My quick unpick was constantly in my hand and I made mistake after mistake (and then to add insult to injury repeated those same mistakes time and time again).

I was reasonably pleased with the final result but felt that I'd been a bit of a rubbish pattern tester as I wasn't sure if one of the mistakes was my fault or the patterns fault (although I had my suspicions...)

I also dreamt up a better fabric combination with the perfect pilot.

Hmmm... time for attempt number two:
This one came together really easily. I must've got all my mistakes out of my system the night before. I love that I solved the zero gravity in the cockpit problem, but am slightly concerned that this helicopter may not make it off the ground due the ample dimensions of the pilot- what do you think?

Now the good news is that Kristy has just listed her pattern on Craftsy, so if you like what you see, go and buy yourself a copy of the pattern.

If you are curious what I am going to do with these blocks, you'll have to wait until my turn on the Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop to find out. All I can say is that its going to be seriously cool (well I think it is!)

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

27 comments :

  1. The helicopter is awesome!!! ... even with zero gravity... LOL!!!

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  2. Hehe you make me laugh! You did some a fabulous job on both your blocks! I love both pilots hehe! Thanks again for being a fab pattern tester for me!!

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  3. Hi, Juliet! I can't wait to see what you do with these two blocks, they are tooo cute!!! I love them, and what a great pattern that Kristy came up with. I rather like the helicopter in space approach to giving the pilot zero gravity. :o) And the elephant is so cute. xo

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  4. I agree the elephant may have trouble getting airborne, but hey it looks so cute! A few of these alternated with nine patch would make a neat quilt :)

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  5. super duper cute- love both pilots but the elephant is particularly charming- well done friend!

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  6. Neato! I love the block, you did very well on it!

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  7. Oooooo! There is nothing i dont love about both! Well done both of you!

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  8. Such a cool pattern and I love both of the blocks you did. I like the zero gravity effect in the first one ;)

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  9. Wow, that would be so cool for a boys nursery. Well done, great patience and skil.?

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  10. Love the blocks and i am constantly having days when I should just put down the seam ripper and step away from the fabric ;-)

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  11. Great pattern testing, and a gorgeous block - especially with the ele-pilot!

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  12. Your internal dialogue cracked me up! You did such a great job on Kristy's block! I love the cute little pilots! I hate those days when it seems like everything goes wrong. I had one block where I accidently cut the block in half, after I had fixed my prior mistakes of sewing it to itself a couple of times :D That'll teach me to sew through lunch! Thank you for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

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  13. Great job on the paper piecing! I think your first pilot just didn't weigh enough to stay seated! LOL!

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  14. that is so cute! I need to do more paper piecing :)

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  15. Really neat blocks. :D I love the floating girl pilot. :D

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  16. I LOVE the helicopters! They are so cool! I really don't think you could get me into one piloted by an elephant, though! I adore paper-piecing, so I'll check out the blog hop!

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  17. The blocks are SO fun...and cute. Gotta love the elephant :)

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  18. oh this helicopter is so cute

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  19. Love the helicopters! Sometimes I have sew-sew days when I get lots done, and then there are the so-so days when I also spend more time undoing than doing. Those are the days that I just stop and go read or something before I do more damage :)

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  20. Such cute blocks! Kudos to you for persevering and getting them done. Love the pilots you chose!

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  21. These are very, very sweet! I do wonder what you will use them for...

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  22. Oh the helicopters are just brilliant! Zero gravity lady and elephant! Love em both! Great work!

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  23. so cool and a very funny post too! Hope all is well at busy, plan-y house! x

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