Yep, I had all of the good intentions in the world with regards to working on already started projects, but I just couldn’t get interested in any of them. Nothing was exciting.
What’s a girl to do?
Start a new project, of course.
Stage one (no pictures, sorry):
Large piece of white paper, a pencil and long rulers. And a hint of an idea involving undulating waves and spectrum color changes on a navy blue background.
End up with three dots, straight lines and nary a curve nor a background to be seen. Design is fun and predictable, no?
Designate the dots as “Red” “Blue” and “Yellow” and then label each section with MY estimation of how the three primary colors will be blending at each individual section.
Stage two (otherwise known as “The stage where you desperately hope that the cats don’t jump up on the table.”):
Put the pattern/design up on the window and trace it onto Freezer paper. Then use rulers and rotary cutters to separate each piece. Spend a long time trying to figure out which triangle goes where because they all look the same. Find my location (finally) and then put numbers on each piece because so many of them are really similar. Put individual pieces into plastic storage box and then realize that it is very difficult to find any particular piece when it is needed. Get ziplock bags and then sort out the pieces into numerical blocks of ten.
Spend a lot of time looking for piece number 12 and can’t find it. Retrace the pattern, cut a new piece. Continue sorting numerically. Then discover that #72 doesn’t exist on the pattern and decide that my handwriting could have been better (it was the missing piece #12).
Stage three: Fabric selection
Go through fabric stash looking for fabrics that match the color decisions that I had made on the main pattern. Know full well that some will probably be replaced, but you have to start somewhere. Rough cut the chosen fabrics and then iron the Freezer Paper pattern pieces to the wrong sides.
Side note: I’ve heard many quilters wax poetic about the wonders of Freezer Paper. Now I see why!
Stage four: Trimming
Trim the fabric to a “scant quarter inch” around each of the pattern pieces. This should give me precisely fitting pieces, assuming that I can sew a straight line…
At this point, I ended my work for the weekend. I’ll re-sort the fabric pieces into the numbered ziplock bags and I have to make a decision as to if I’m going to mark the seam lines on the fabric. I can’t sew them with the freezer paper in place, so it might be handy to have some markings to show exactly where I should be sewing. Especially given the high number of sharp points I will be encountering.
I actually have no idea if I will be able to get this to work or not. If I can’t get them to go together using the sewing machine, I may have to sew them together by hand (using traditional English Paper Piecing techniques). This is a total experiment and will be interesting to see how it progresses.
Good thing I’m not in a hurry, right?