Wednesday, 10 July 2013

A Kiwi Facelift!

I'm working on a few things at the moment, but unfortunately most of them are not in a state that I can share them on here yet. In the meantime, here's another pattern update...

You may or may not have noticed that I have not yet uploaded my kiwi pattern to my Craftsy store

It was my first pattern and bears a special place in my heart.

 I am, however, very aware that as my first pattern there are some details that weren't designed as well as they could have been.

I noticed that even when experienced paper piecers made my kiwi there were often problems in the leg area. It was difficult getting everything to line up properly when joining the sections. I felt that this was largely my responsibility as the designer of the block and I wanted the chance to improve the pattern.

I have been waiting for a quiet moment to go back to the pattern and I finally found it the other day. After a fair bit of head scratching, I managed to alter the pattern and then the wonderful Leonie kindly offered to test it for me (shhh, I think she's caught the paper piecing bug!- hee hee!).
Not only are those feet easier to piece, but they look better too don't you think?!
Now my only problem is that I'm not sure whether everything lines up so well because Leonie is such a careful and accurate sewist, or because of the improved pattern!

I think (hope) we can share the credit!

I'm working on my next NZ native bird pattern... can you guess what it'll be?

Today's the last day of the Matariki Crafting Linky. Make sure that you link up your winter projects!

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  1. Love Love Love the colours Leonie chose as well
    And aha yup to clever and accurate - would never put my work side by side - eeekkkkk
    Think you are both hugely talented

  2. Oh Juliet! You have crazy talent lady and the credit is all yours! I feel very privileged to be entrusted with it - the girls and I adore our Kiwi! xx

  3. Great improvements. The feet look great. Leonie has made another stunning block. Well done to you both!

  4. I have always loved this pattern :-). Maybe a Tui or Kea is on the list for future??

  5. This is such a cute pattern. I admire anyone who has the creativity to actually write a pattern, let alone a paper-pieced pattern!

  6. Love those new feet! And Leonie's version is lovely. Now wouldn't a fantail be fun...?!

  7. Super love this pattern. I think it's how I found your blog in the first place :)

  8. Oh yes, the feet do look great :)) Should I be worried to get started in paper piecing? I get very addicted!!


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