Whenever a new month starts, I get renewed energy to finish some of my quilting UFOs. This week, I put lots of small blocks on the design wall, and am thinking about a way to put them into a quilt. They are four inch blocks, and each one is special and unique, so I want to separate them with a neutral fabric and let each one shine on its own. Here is a picture of the design wall:
I have a large piece of pinkish material that I could use for vertical strips in between the blocks set on point. I like an old quilt that I'm using for inspiration which is this one, from the Smithsonian Institution. If interested, you can read more about it (Here)
That is as far as I am with this project - waiting for more inspiration to hit me. Please keep giving me your two cents worth too. I need more inspiration.
Also, another project I've just started is a six inch signature block that I am exchanging with a group of wonderful ladies that I retreat with in Shipshewana, Indiana. The block is a star, and I have the papers printed to paper piece it.
There are about 50 ladies in the exchange, so I am dividing the blocks into 10 block groups, rather than think about making so many of the same block. This is how I trick myself into thinking there are not so many blocks to make. Here is my start on the first 10 blocks. I completed one to make sure it was what I wanted them to look like:
I will add my signature in the center white square when the blocks are completed. I do like the precision of paper pieced blocks, but I dislike tearing out the papers.
There is a method that folds the paper back, and uses it for guidance, but you do not sew through the paper. The method uses freezer paper though, and I have already printed out the paper patterns on typing paper. Have you used the freezer paper method, and liked it?
Well, that's all the news that's fit to print here. I've been working outside weeding my flower beds, but it is very hot and I don't last long out there. Hopefully we will get some cooler weather soon.
What are you working on this week? I enjoyed looking at all the projects last week, and am looking forward to seeing your progress. Thanks so much for faithfully joining in on our Design Wall Monday Linky Party. I appreciate you!