So here's my plan for the IOP...
There are 120 arcs to be sewn in 16 weeks, which means I need to sew 7.5 arcs per week in order to be finished for the final layout class on March 19th. I have all the pattern pieces cut out now and clipped together in groups of 7. (BTW...for an interesting read on the topic of fear and anxiety, click here to hop over to Libby's blog...very timely for me to read today!)
Back to the sewing of the arcs...
I had issues with scoring the sewing lines as we were instructed to do. My patterns started falling apart, so I'm not doing that anymore. I understand that it does make it easier to remove the foundation papers at the end, but I don't mind that part and am not worried about removing them, since I am using a small stitch length, a big needle, and will fold the pieces when trimming.
There is planning going on to have an Indian Orange Peel retreat at Jacqui's house (did I invite myself over or was I polite enough to wait for an invitation??) in January so hopefully many arcs will get made then. And I have my annual quilt retreat at the end of February, so that will give me lots of time to catch up also.
One of the issues that was holding me up is the fabric selection for each arc, so I have cut lots of 2" strips and am going to try to be more random... I'll let you know how that goes! Also with the fabric selection, these are the pieces that were suggested to be voted off of the project at the class because they are too "middleville" and because they are a mixture of warm/cool colours (each arc is to be made from one warm and one cool colour). However, I just can't let them go, so I'm going to use them selectively and am thinking about overpainting a couple of my favorites to make them darker.
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