This was my first time paper piecing, as well as using starch. I may just be a convert, the starch is an amazing addition to the sewing process. I purchased the Niagara brand starch from the supermarket and when I first smelled the starch fumes boiling away under the heat of the iron, I became overwhelmed with tears. (Yes, I am really emotional once a month :0) Kidding aside, that scent was so familiar in a warm and nostalgic way. It didn't take me long to realize that I was in fact, remembering the smell of my grandfather who passed away when I was 8. The senses work in mysteriously awesome ways, triggering memories otherwise forgotten. It has been over twenty years since I last smelled my grandfather, and some of the memories have already faded. I couldn't be happier knowing that smelling this starch whenever I want will take me right back to my grandpa's lap. Needless to say, I enjoyed this block.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
It's always fun to try new piecing techniques and this block was no exception. Some of you ladies have mentioned how fun it is to play with other people's fabric and I agree. I have found a couple of new favorites that I am going to have to source really soon because now I am thinking about them. Ahem.Thanks for that Rachel!