Do you have a quilt pattern that you've always wanted to try, but you haven't? Maybe it's too much of a challenge? Mine is the Wheel of Mystery block also known as Winding Ways.
(Be careful of my links. I couldn't get back after I clicked them and don't know why)
This is what I'm trying to reproduce. But, not so big. Because it's so much of a challenge. Because every piece (12 per block) is joined to the next piece with a curve. Every seam is a curve. Every seam takes 6-8 pins. And, each block takes 30-40 minutes. Well, except the one the other day that wouldn't meet in the center and took over an hour...of picking and sewing and swearing and picking...okay, not so much swearing because the blocks were still new and intriguing, but if I had to do that again, there'd be swearing.
I decided that I'd try it as a roman shade over the bathroom window. That way, I only need a few blocks. Fifteen if I'm lucky. Twenty-four if I'm not. But, either way, not so many that I want to toss this one in the bin before I can finish it.
I started with a set of 4 FQ's in the fall colors and when I bought them and realized what a great set they were, I knew I'd keep them together and then I remembered the quilt in the picture above and knew this was a great place to use them. So, I added two FQ's from stash so I'd have 3 darks and 3 lights and started cutting.
The cutting is easy. I have the 1/8th inch thick plastic templates that I bought several years ago, before I became intimidated by curved piecing. I can cut a block in a few short minutes.
But, joining the pieces together is long and tedious.
I bought the templates to make a batik one, like this. I'm still going to do that...one day. But for now, I'm going to make just a few of these 6 inch blocks and hang it with pride.
Because this is a real challenge.
And, one more pic that I probably should have shown yesterday, but our maple tree was green when I left yesterday morning, gold today and the leaves will all be on the ground by end of the weekend. If they stay dry, I'll try to get them up for mulch (they make great mulch). If they get wet, tho, they'll mold and we'll have to get rid of them. And, rain is in the forecast.
So, for a day or two, we'll enjoy the fall color because it's all we're going to get.
Take care and have a great Thursday. Just one more day until the weekend! Lane