Piecing Pedantically

My roommate in college had some favorite words, and one of them was: pedantic. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as:  narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned. This is how I’m feeling about the borders on my wall hanging. Now, I know that’s there some of you out there saying, “You’re feeling this way about a wall hanging?? Wait till you try it on a real quilt. You’re not a real woman till you’ve pieced a king sized quilt, all with 1″ squares!!”

And that may be true.

However, I’m a beginner and had no idea what I was in for, technique-wise, so the process of: it’s slow, then it’s wrong, then you tear it out, re-sew, and it’s still wrong is a little frustrating. I think part of it has to do with my inexperience in knowing how to check if it’s right until after I sew it. If the little triangle block is suppose to come out 2″ square when all three little seams are sewed, I seem to only know that I’ve done it wrong after I’ve sewed most all of the seams. *sigh*

Here’s a rather sad picture of one of the borders that I’m working on. Not only does it sag, as you can see, but it’s also about an inch too long. I never knew how valuable the seam ripper was.

Wall hanging border

Wall hanging border that’s more than slightly less than perfect

This is making me want to try paper piecing. My understanding of the benefit of paper piecing is accuracy without so much of the pain of piecing precision. Any thoughts or experience with that?


One thought on “Piecing Pedantically

  1. I think your border looks great (you should see some of the quilts I did when I started out…no, maybe not!) Small is really the way to start, though. I started with a queen-size quilt and it took me more than 25 years to finish it (and I’m still surprised I did.)

    All I can say is keep on striving to get those blocks the “right” size, and remember… fabric “gives” and an iron can solve a myriad of sins (and/or cause others!)


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