Friday, June 4, 2010
'A Storm Hits the Garden'
Quilt guilds often issue 'challenges' to members. In this case, each of us paid for a brown bag that contained a fat quarter* of the green grass fabric. I paper-pieced 'storm at sea' blocks using tiny floral prints and the challenge fabric. This piece is about 14" square. I nearly lost my tiny little mind doing the paper piecing, which requires one to work kind of upside-down and backwards. (This was a gift to my sister, who has always wanted a 'Storm at Sea' quilt.) I would not call this an entirely successful piece, because there are places where there is not enough contrast, obscuring the pattern. Up close, though, it's interesting to look at. A lot of quilters love, love, love paper piecing. I admit it's almost the only way to achieve precision with a miniature, but OH, the pain!
* A 'fat quarter,' or FQ, is quilting lingo for a quarter yard cut as an 18" x 22" piece. This is achieved by cutting a half-yard piece in two. Sometimes novices make the mistake of buying a quarter-yard of fabric and then find that a 9" length is not very useful. Guess how I know this.