June 4, 2014

WIP Wednesday

After a very very off week, I'm happy to report my motivation is back and I'm working away.  : )

My biggest WIP this week is the challenge quilt I'm hoping to finish in time for the Berthoud Outdoor Quilt Show June 21st. Not much time left so I've got to get busy.

Four modern quilt guilds in Colorado are participating. The theme is Colorful Colorado and we need to use four given solid colors plus whatever else we want to interpret the theme using a modern style. I decided to go with all solids. A lot of solids . . .

I first thought I would use an improv method to piece my blocks. Seemed easy enough. But sometimes improv and I don't get along so well. So I decided on a paper piecing method instead. However paper piecing and I don't always get along well either. To make it a little easier, I made tissue paper templates of the two main pieces I would need. This helped tremendously. Only once did I end up with a piece of fabric that wasn't big enough to cover the paper. For me that's an accomplishment.

Next, I arranged the paper blocks on my design wall and added bits of blue tape to indicate which mountains should be snow capped.

Then I added the mountain fabrics to distribute the colors.

Next came lots and lots of cutting, lots and lots of piecing, and lots and lots of scraps. The waste is one reason I don't love paper piecing. It's also the reason I make mistakes because I try too hard to minimize the waste and end up cutting pieces too small. Nothing is more frustrating than ripping out those teeny tiny stitches and having your paper fall apart. That's why the tissue paper templates helped.  Not as much waste, but I still ended up with this lovely pile . . .

It's beginning to take shape, but theres still plenty to do. Here's a few of the blocks.

If it looks a little familiar your'e right. I used this same block for my Four-In-Art mini quilt last month.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Hope by next week this will be a finish.
What are you working on this week?

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