Happy day! I opened an unmarked box in my studio and discovered a trove of 2”-wide polka dot strips. Could the fabric fairy have been visiting? It appeared so. In reality this wonderful stash was made up of the remainders from another dot-and-stripe quilt I made a few years back.
Here’s a detail of that quilt, an adaptation of an antique log cabin quilt.
I immediately incorporated these narrower strips with 21/2”-wide strips I’ve been using for paper-foundation-piecing the colorful wheels of Under the Big Top. The narrower strips work well IF I am paying attention to what I’m doing. If I’m chatting with a co-worker while sewing, and not watching the placement of the fabrics, I need to keep my ripper handy. The short stitch-length I’m using for the foundation piecing will pay off when I’m ready to remove the paper behind each block, but it makes ripping tedious and time consuming. Lesson learned! First hour of sewing with the narrower strips yielded only two completed sections for Under The Big Top quilt…but the sections are colorful and I like them. This is a yearlong project, right? Might as well slow down and savor the process.
Read about Passion 48 here.
See my January blog here.
See my February blog here.
See my March blog here.
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