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Saturday Paper Piecing Design

Welcome every one to the first Saturday after Spring! I don’t know about any one else, but I woke up to snow, on the ground. This is after most of it had melted away. Oh, I still had patches of snow, but really, new snow on the ground. I was looking forward to planting my lily bulbs. I guess I will have to wait another week. How about where you are? Are you still experiencing wintry conditions?

Last week-end I spent the time working on some new quilt designs. I really enjoy letting my imagination go and just draw. Now, I am no Monet, but with a ruler I can draw a pretty straight line. I even broke out the colored pencils and markers for a couple of the designs.

Right now I am trying figure out the best way to paper piece “Dahlia”. I have drawn out the 16 center blocks individually (drawing on graph paper really helps because the little squares represent one inch and that works when making my blocks 8 inch square) making sure each block remains true the design.

Now that I have all of my individual blocks drawn and printed on foundation paper (Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper) I am trying to figure out what is the best way to piece it. Let me tell you, even after watching paper piecing for dummies on YouTube, I am still having a devil of a time. They say the hardest part is the first piece, I say the hardest part is trying to figure out what the first piece should be and then build from there.

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“Dahlia” designed by LaTawnia Porter 2018

Again, having never done paper piecing before, I had to choose a design that couldn’t be simple (at least I didn’t start with “Spot Lights”). However, I do know once I conquer it, it will be beautiful. So I am open to suggestions on starting points and advice from those of you who are familiar with creating your own paper piecing designs. In the meantime I have made several copies of block one and I have lots of scrap fabric and plenty of thread. So my hope is to get a better grip on paper piecing this weekend and have something exciting to show in a few days.

                

I am looking forward to making all of the other quilts I have designed. I like all of them equally well. The “Flying Trapeze” and “Flying Trapeze II” will be lots of fun and I will be able to use scraps in both of them as well.

I am going to be most purposeful with choosing fabric for “Mountain Lake at Night.” I know what colors I want in it, especially for the stars. That quilt will be very pretty on a bed or as a wall hanging.

I think “Spot Lights” will be lots of fun to make as well. (As soon as I conquer paper piecing.) I see fussy cuts in the center squares on point. Just not sure what the fussy cuts will be yet. I’m still rolling ideas around in my head.

Again, those of you quilters who do a lot of paper piecing designing and quilting, I would appreciate any advice you may have for my little project. And in the meantime, I will push forward and will hopefully answer and conquer my own issues with it. I love new challenges in quilting and I know I can meet and beat this challenge.

Thanks for coming by. I look forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to leave a comment!

Until next time – What is your quilting challenge?

        

All of the quilt designs in this article, “Flying Trapeze”, “Flying Trapeze II”, “Dahlia”, “Spot Lights”, and “Mountain Lake at Night” are copy right protected. They were designed by LaTawnia Porter March 18, 2018.

 

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Moonlit Lily Pond

I don’t know what comes into your mind when you try to picture Moonlit Lily Pond. Maybe something Monet-ish? I am a fan of Monet and I have to admit when I was looking for fabric for this particular project, he did come across my mind, a lot.

The actual name for the pattern is “Solitude.” It was designed by Tricia Lynn Maloney. I found this pattern in a book called Jiffy Quick Quilts: Quilts for Those Short on TimeI was searching for the perfect quilt for my best friend, Mary Dostal. We have been friends since our daughters were little. It was going to be her birthday gift.

Moonlit Lily Pond
(Solitude designed by Tricia Lynn Maloney)

Because I wanted very particular colors I had to look at a lot of different places for fabric. I finally found what I wanted on Connecting Threads. They had a lovely collection of batiks that would work perfectly.

The colors are various shades of purple, periwinkle, greens, pale yellows (moonlight) and a gorgeous blue with turtles. (She loves turtles.) The backing is a printed flower blossoms in periwinkle. I machine quilted it with large petals.

This project didn’t take long to make. It is 58″x58″, the blocks are nice and big 10″ squares and it takes 25 blocks. It uses basic Four Patch and Five Patch squares and it has a lovely wide border. I was really happy with how it came together and even though it wasn’t perfect, it was still beautiful.

I also wanted to say, I really like this particular book. Even though it may be geared for the beginner quilter, there are some really nice patterns in it. I have made a couple of different quilts from it and there are still many more to be made.

That’s all for now, my friends. Thank you for joining me today. May the rest of your week flow smoothly.

Until next time – be inspired by art!