It’s been hard to find time to sew over the summer since I want to spend time with the kids and play in my gardens. But I have been slowly working on this piece. It’s another example of my paper pieced curves technique. Just as there are a million ways to make half square triangles, there are many ways to make curves, through templates or die cuts and curved piecing, or raw edge applique, needle turn applique, or even EPP. But I prefer paper piecing in general, so when I want to design a project with curves, my first instinct is to use paper piecing. Each block in this quilt is unique and improvisationally drawn. The layout was arrived at through the improv process too, moving blocks around on my design wall. It’s fun to see how the shapes relate to eachother.
I quilted in concentric circles using an Aurifil 50 weight thread that matched my colored fabric. This was a little nerve wracking because I had to stitch so carefully on the white since the contrast was so great! I prefer not to wash my quilts until I have to because I like them smooth rather than crinkly but I needed to block this one so it’s more textured. But, it hangs straight and that’s important too! The finished dimensions are about 34.5″ x 40.”
I am available to teach workshops on Designing Paper Pieced Curves. But I am also working on a digital/video workshop option for those of you who are not members of guilds. My son and I are going to work on a couple of videos this summer. He just took a video editing class so I am going to need his help! I also plan to sell some PDF downloads for those who are simply interested in the blocks but not in the design process. Please be patient because summer is hard. Let’s hope these things are ready this fall! Thanks for your interest.