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--Pieces of You--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.
Pieces of YouMuch inspired by the fiber work by Faith Ringgold, Buddhist thankgas, and my friend Sally Brooking's amazing wedding quilt, Pieces of You is a story quilt for my expected first child.
I wanted to put my community, family, friends, and neighborhood into a story, so I asked for words of wisdom, images, and pieces of fabric from their lives to put in the quilt. The hope is that I'll be able to tell this new person of the inspiring, beautiful, wonderful people, places, and ideas of the world I have come to know with this piece.
With each stitch this piece becomes richer with stories and more deeply embedded with love. Little one, you're not here yet, but you are already loved. Just you wait and see.