So I started working on the Evil Monkeys' wall quilt. And promptly remembered why I hadn't ever used this pattern before. It is Evil. Pure pure evil. Which I suppose at least is appropriate.
But O.M.flippin' G. Eeeeevilll.
Now, the points of Lady Liberty's "crown" are paper-pieced. The first one took me... oh... about fifteen minutes. Paper piecing is really, really easy. And fast.
The rest of the block is patch pieced. I spent roughly two more hours trying to get three patches sewn. Well really, one patch. I am not exaggerating. Two hours. Earth hours, not Jupiter hours.
Did I mention that the entire block is only 7" wide? Yeah. Seven. Inches. Those patches are small. And curvy. And totally impossible. Ha. Like me. Sadly, unlike me they do not redeem themselves with witty repartee. At all.
I should have known things were bad when the author of the pattern says in the instructions that it's "difficult". But she also insists (and I'm talking INSISTS, IN BIG CAPITAL LETTERS) that the paper not be removed from the points before piecing the curved patches.
She's a flippin' lunatic.
I tried five times to do it with the paper still on and had to rip it apart each time. Finally I just threw caution to the wind (figuring how much worse could it really get at that point?) and removed the paper. It went much better and after two tries I was finally successful.
Although I use that term loosely.
It’s supposed to be, you know, a square.
Only about thirty more to go.