Sometimes I am not the brightest penny in the pot and it can take a little while for me to realise that something isn't quite right. Such was my escapade this week it is a wonder I am not writing this behind bars.
What on earth has the Patchsmith been up to? I hear you ask. Well it started quite innocently with a quilt pattern - as most things do. I patch and I applique and occasionally I undertake some English paper piecing but I had never attempted to paper piece a block where you sew onto paper. Susie over at Susie's Sunroom is very good at paper piecing and I am mighty envious of her scarecrow. With this in mind I set out this week to learn how to paper piece. I had seen a star that was made up of strips of fabric that I liked instantly but unfortunately it was not in my favourites folder. I remembered that I had saved it but I think I may have put it in the wrong folder. Well rather than search through the endless folders and items on my computer I decided to do a google search - it would be quicker.
I selected Google images as I knew I would recognise the star instantly and I typed in 'strip star'. Well you can only imagine what showed up on my computer screen. I am looking and looking wondering why I have pictures of naked people, of boobies and bums and not a quilt block in sight. I look back at my search box .... yes I had typed in the right thing 'strip star' yet not a patchwork anything (a few patches sure, on different bits and pieces, but nothing I could work with!!!). Then the penny dropped (as we say here in England) and I roared with laughter. What a klutz - and it had taken me several minutes to even realise.
I was just about to clear the screen when an image caught my eye. It was Brad Pitt - on the set of Troy - and he was naked - all except for a fig leaf covering his dignity. Now have I told you that I have trigger finger - yes, 'tis true - it is a real medical term. Sometimes my fingers click automatically, they lock, and I struggle to get them undone. Well you will not believe it (neither will the judge I am sure) but just as I was about to clear the screen my fingers triggered onto the mouse and clicked onto the Brad Pitt picture.
Oh my!! Yes, Brad was still wearing a fig leaf but I had the option to remove the fig leaf with one small, little click of the mouse. Did I? Didn't I? Mmmmm, what do you think?
Of course, I daren't say. And I would love to share the links - you all know how very generous I am but unfortunately I don't think it is legal.
As for my strip star - it is actually called a string star - but don't type that in Google images either - for stars wear strings - apparently. If you do a 'strip' or 'string' search make sure you use the words 'patchwork block' somewhere on the search line.
I did make a block - it wasn't a string star block though that looks easier than the one I attempted. I attempted the evening star (turorial here) I found it quite easy to sew the individual star points but putting it together was really tricky and fiddly and I didn't like it at all. I couldn't match the points. I haven't ruled out paper piecing - just not a strip star!!!
Ooh, gotta sign off now - the warden is on his way up - something about Prisoner No. 10 (of course!) stripping! Sew until later .......