But the point of this festival is to share my work. (Dear Lord, Please help me choose rightly. I haven't a clue how.)
This is a drawing of my first mini.
Using EQ6, I designed my own pattern and printed off paper templates. The theme for our swap was "Sing it, Read it,Watch it". Our creations were to be inspired by a favorite song, book, or movie. I chose Moby Dick by Herman Melville. (For the record it is a fantastic book, a tad long, and a little over the top with bits of whale trivia, BUT it was a delight to read. It wasn't the dull tome that I expected, and I will forever be a fan of Mr. Melville's wicked sense of humor.)
I chose the Storm at Sea block and two color ways. Blues and golds for my prototype....chosen from my scrap bag and christened Starbuck after the first-mate of the Pequod....and blue and whites for my partner....this quilt I named The White Whale thinking that it might be just a little prophetic, but hoping it didn't.
Paper piecing can be a tedious process. The task of cutting pieces the correct size is oft times a frustrating process To combat this I developed a formula that has since served me well. Measure the longest width and height add half an inch and cut rectangles for each bit in the pattern.
I love the way the back looks. Everything is so neat and precise. You don't often stop to look at the back of your work, let alone share it. . You will get funny looks if you do. However, I believe that it is the truest measure of a persons workmanship. Examine the part of a project that your are not supposed to see to measure the care with which it is made.
One block completed. You can see how helpful that paper really is. The little yellow blocks are about a half inch square. It wouldn't have looked this sweet without it.
It gave me goose bumps to see my finished Storm at Sea top.