Aunt Marjory gave me a manila folder, labeled "TINY FABRIC", with tons of goodies inside. I ran home and made this autumn tree from a beautiful scrap of... who knows! The trunk is from curtain ties. I love it!
More fabric has come in the post from family and friends in just the right colors to start the buildings. I tried to construct the pieces in a different way than I previously did with other designs for houses with bay windows. The result is that the second floor windows look a little funky, but overall I'm happy with the results. After I do a little embroidery and iron on photo transfers in the windows, I'll be done with this one!
While searching for quilt block patterns for things you would find in a city, I couldn't find any street signs. Here are my first attempts at designing paper piece patterns.
As work on the baby quilt continues, I have discovered that some images don't translate to a paper piece pattern as well as others. I've started to delve into applique and fabric painting.
My first applique experiment went well, but I know that unless I'm only going to hang this on the wall I need to stitch the edges down. I may have to reconsider this block.
Fix-it February was a great success, but was taken over just a bit by my new obsession with a quilting technique I just discovered--paper piecing! Now it's all paper piecing, all the the time! I wanted to make little houses, then I was struck by the idea that I should make an epic baby quilt that included the people and places near and dear to my heart. I 've made a lot of mistakes, but I'm getting much better with each block I make. Here's a collection of the tree blocks I've made thus far.