Saturday, September 27, 2008

Relaxing with paper piecing

Okay, I think I was a little hasty yesterday in saying crazy things about not starting new projects! Today I took a few deep breaths, had a little chocolate, and started working on a new paper pieced block by Carol Doak. I belong to Carol's Yahoo group and she designs new patterns at every big milestone as the group grows. This block pattern was to celebrate 4,000 members in the group! I just had to make one in my fall batiks. I like how Carol gives the measurements to cut out all the pieces before you start sewing and here is a photo of all my pieces all ready to sew...pure delight!
Now mind you, this sewing was not just to start a new project. No, it was purely for meditative purposes only...to give me some time to think about what to do about the mystery next weekend.
Here is the finished block. It was supposed to be 6 1/2" unfinished and but mine is 1/4" short of that. The block has 56 pieces of fabric in it. I think my version is a little too orangey, but I'd like to give it another shot and bring in some other colours.
I have come to the decision that I will probably/should do next weekend's mystery because the pattern designer (Deb) said that the small version only took her 3 1/2 hours to sew. Now how can a person pass up that tiny, little bit of fun and the opportunity to use up more stash!?!?
But I also promised myself that I must finish 2 projects between now and then before I can start this new mystery. Now that sounds somewhat reasonable, don't you think?!?!

8 comments:

  1. Your block may be a bit shy on the size, but it is BEAUTIFUL. I really like it.

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  2. WOW. I was clicking over to comment on just how gorgeous the block is, then I saw that it's only 6" ?? WOW. It would be darned impressive in 12" - this is incredible.

    Great job!

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  3. Kathy,
    Beautiful block! And the size make it equally impressive. I think your mystery rational is sounding pretty good....Of course I am completely the wrong person to help you rationalize through starting a new project...good luck with your goals.
    quilt hugs
    tricia

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  4. A 6 inch block with 56 pieces - man oh man - that's amazing. I don't think it looks to orange - it looks wonderful. If I keep seeing blocks like this, I may seriously have to take up paper piecing.

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  5. Size is just a number . . . you can work with that. The colors are terrific. Looks like an autumn sunburst *s*

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  6. I think the block is magnificant! Don't change a thing!

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  7. Wow - that is beautiful!
    I have never paper pieced - would like to try it at some point, but it looks so darn hard! lol
    Great job!
    Linda

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