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:
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:
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