Saturday, February 27, 2010

thanks rachel.

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!

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.


  1. they look great! I agree with you on using other people's fabrics, it's fun, huh?!

  2. Awww, how sweet. :)

    and your blocks turned out very nice! I too have been ordering some fabrics that I now fell in love with since playing with other peoples scraps.

  3. Love the blocks!! And I agree... It's terrific fun making blocks out of other people's fabric hehe!

  4. ooooh.
    they look ubber cute.

    yayyy that you found your trigger scent for your granddaddy.
    being pregnant, i totally started crying while reading that.

  5. I got that starch, too - and LOVED the smell when I first used it.

  6. Ohh, I loved the starch nostalgia! So sweet.

  7. How sweet! Isn't it amazing how scents can trigger such vivid memories?