I have been working on a piecing project for the last week from the book Bella Bella Quilts. It is much more tedious and complicated than what I normally do. (For the non-quilters that read my blog, piecing a quilt means that you cut up pieces of perfectly good fabric and then sew it back together to make a different design.) This particular quilt top is paper pieced. (That means that it is sewn to a design on paper to get it to be absolutely accurate….. well…… thats the theory anyway…. accuracy)
I am not a paper piecer. It is backwards. I am dyslexic, so you would think it’s right up my alley. Not. I finally trained myself to think like most quilters think, and NOT think backwards. So I now have to think backwards to do this project. Okay….. that just means I cant work on any other piecing until this is done, and then I can switch again.
The biggest deal with this quilt is you have to be organized. There are 40 wedges to make this outer circle. There are 20 each of a left and a right. There are 18 pieces in each wedge. All the pieces are different sizes and shapes. I precut and labeled each group, which kept me organized in sewing. All 20 left wedges are done. I have 12 or 14 more right wedges to add the last 4 pieces to. I have 6 wedges completely done and sewn together.
After the outer circle is done, I have 2 inner circles to do. I am not following the pattern in the book for that. Instead, I am doing ……. well, I really haven’t decided yet! I have something in mind, but until this outer part is done, I am not sure.
So, here is a sneak peek at the project. It is what I spent the bulk of my time on at the retreat.
I also worked on some fabric postcards to exchange with a group on MQResource. I will show them after they are sent. I am taking photos of the process, the way I make them. I think of them as mini art quilts.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I will be quilting away. We are swamped with work, which is a good thing! But it means I have lots to do before I go to Houston for the International Quilt Festival.