I have been gifted with many blessings over the years. One blessing is the multiple communities of quilters, art quilters and artists I have been and am currently part of. What unites these communities is a willingness to share.
Thread Painting Sue
Every first Wednesday of the month I meet with a handful of fellow fiber artists via Zoom. We share and critique our current work. I am blessed that despite how competitive we are as individuals we also delight in each other’s achievements. We approach our art from different backgrounds and use very different techniques. No surprise, I shared Sue with the group on Wednesday. One member gifted me with a suggestion, the kind that takes you by surprise and up ends your plans. She loved the detail photo and thought it stronger than the full view. I’m not sure if her suggestion is a blessing or curse. What do you think?
The 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge is officially here. It’s a treat to see the different approaches everyone who takes up the challenge uses. I need a plan. Fortunately, I blessed or possibly cursed myself with one this year. I am making 255 blocks similar to the ones in the inspiration photo. Each block has two HST (half square triangles) which are string pieced.
Creating 510 HST
At first I planned on paper piecing the blocks, starting at one corner and working my way across the block. However, this soon became problematic and wasted more fabric than I am comfortable doing. I feel fortunate that I rarely let a hurdle or handful of hurdles stop me from moving forward. Talk about blessings, one of my strengths is coming up with a plan B, C and even D if I need it.
Since my scraps are irregular in shape and size cutting them into useable pieces with minimal waste is difficult. What I am doing is cutting each scrap into strips of various widths starting a 1″ and going up 2 1/4″. I seam these strips together to form one very long strip. Next I seam the long strips together to form a strata. Now, here’s a handy trick. I square off the two short ends and seam them right sides together to form a loop with the strata. Then it is time to cut. Miraculously, I was able finish sewing and cutting 28 of the 34 green HST needed for my quilt. To double the blessing, I halved my dark green stash.
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