Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tiny Pieces Make Me Grumpy!

Sometimes I'm a bit slow.

The rest of you probably worked this out ages ago, but today I finally admitted to myself that I design large scale patterns because I am allergic to sewing too many teeny tiny fiddly pieces.
I love detail in my patterns, but dislike how fiddly and bulky this makes small scale blocks.

I have recently designed a few patterns for swaps. Although I am happy with the finished projects and there is technically nothing wrong with the patterns, I didn't enjoy sewing them.


The first of these patterns was the Swimming in Circles mini quilt which I sewed for my partner in the Sew Your Stash Swap. It measures 20" x 20".

There were three reasons that I didn't enjoy sewing this mini quilt:

1. Teeny Tiny Fiddly Piecing: I considered leaving out some of the teeny pieces, but honestly they are the difference between a good and a mediocre pattern.

2. Repetition:  I had to sew the same dolphin four times for the quilt top (yawn!).

3. Wrong Fabric Choices: I initially planned to sew two blocks with a low volume background and two with a dark grey pattern. Unfortunately, after sewing three blocks (2 low volume and 1 dark), it was clear that this was a bad decision.
I changed to sewing 4 low volume backgrounds and far prefer the resulting mini quilt. Of couse, I didn't put the remaining block to waste. I turned it into a zipper purse to include as a swap extra.

I was really grumpy by the time that I had finished sewing all the repetitive teeny tiny pieces and although everyone on instagram was kind about the pattern, I announced that I would not be releasing the pattern

(I may have softened in this opinion now and it is no longer on the "definitely not" list, but I am building up a bit of a backlog of patterns that need to be turned into patterns so who knows if it will ever happen...).

I am glad that I remade the bad quarter and I am really happy with the finished mini, but it was a long road to get there and not one that I am in a hurry to repeat.

The next small scale pattern that I didn't particularly enjoy sewing was a dachshund which is destined to be an extra in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap.

It measures 6" x 8".

It was quick to sew, and it came together easily but the fiddly pieces of the legs and paws did my head in.

I have since simplified the pattern slightly and sent it off to testers. I really really love the finished block but sewing teeny tiny pieces is not for me.

It's a personal thing.
It's not a problem with the pattern.
I totally respect that others enjoy sewing tiny stuff, and I recognise that they think I'm nuts for sewing big scale patterns, that's fine!

Life would be boring if we were all the same!

4 comments :

  1. Im sure your swap partners will be thrilled with you marching on and not faltering at the finish line :) I dont mind small pieces, personally Im a big and quick kind of gal :)

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  2. I like the end result of the mini Dolphins! The colors are really flattering to the design. Hope the tiny pieces wasn't too much of a struggle! LOL

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  3. It's such a beautifully shaped dolphin, have you considered how it might look alone or with just one partner on a pillow size? I love the little puppy too.

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  4. Love the little details and how much they add. Great pattern and wonderful mini - I am sure your partner will be chuffed with the effort. Love the displays ;)

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