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?
I really like how you chose to snow cap a few of the mountains; it adds a great depth to the pattern.ReplyDelete
Your colors are great. I like how it looks with just solids. It's a very inventive quilt and the simplicity of the mountains and overall design is very clean and crisp and inviting.ReplyDelete
Awesome post about your process (one of my favorite things to see!), and great design. Can't wait to see how this comes out!ReplyDelete
So cool! I am totally learning all about paper piecing, the results are beautiful!ReplyDelete
1. I love solids.ReplyDelete
2. This is going to be fabulous!
3. I'm glad your motivation is coming back. :)ReplyDelete
love the snow capsReplyDelete
Well planned.. going to look great.. Visiting from WIP Wednesday, Hope you stop by and enter my giveaway.ReplyDelete
Whoa! LOVE IT!!!!ReplyDelete
Anne, I absolutely love this! It is going to be spectacular. Worth the foundation-piecing pain (all too familiar with that!).ReplyDelete
Glad your mojo is back with a vengeance, Anne! Your snow caps are an awesome idea!ReplyDelete
You are amazing. I love seeing your process, and love that you start with product, move through process, then to a different product--so inventive! I'm glad you are feeling better (and I know why, but won't say). I've been thinking about you--I'm finally feeling back to myself after a week of not-so-very-much-energy myself. I have to say, just seeing all those solids arrayed like that is complete and glorious eye candy!ReplyDelete
I am not sure anything says CO more than mountains and blue sky. Fond memories.ReplyDelete
Wow! This is so great! I marvel at how you think up such beautiful and colorful quilts. I wish I could sit in your head for a while to figure out how it works. I'm extremely envious of your God-given talent for all this.ReplyDelete
This looks like so much fun to make. I love the snow caps :)ReplyDelete
Your ideas are always so great! I'm with Linda,...can I jump in your head for a while??!ReplyDelete