Monday, May 23, 2011

Paper piecing - take 2

Bee Block for Carrie

In the Aqua and Orange Bee, Carrie first asked if she could have red instead of orange. How can one say no to that? Then she said we could do whatever we wanted. Well, I have been trying to decide which of the many blocks on my list to try someday I would do. When the Mystery QAL pushed me to really try paper piecing, I picked my favourite block ever, Circle of Geese.

First I made the block the usual way to see if I could actually manage it. (I know I showed you this yesterday but remember it is my favourite block ever!)

Circle of Geese - trial run

When I looked at the other blocks already done (I am in Canada so my fabrics are always slower, so I can see what others are doing before I start), I realized that a mostly white block was not going to play well with the others made for the bee. So I switched it up.

What a difference in this block when you colour different parts, the geese disappear and a crazy star appears. When the edge is coloured the star is almost 3D. I want to make one with the geese in a dark grey or charcoal colour next.

Two approaches to the same block - colour can make a difference!

I have more paper piecing to finish today, and a whole lot of free motion quilting to get back to. And I am thinking a lot about colour and how it can change what you see in the same set of shapes.

Enjoy the holiday Monday.



PS The template and tutorial that I used for the block are here at the Sometimes Crafter.