One of my resolutions for 2012 is to take my piecing to new levels... ya know, as Emeril would say "kick it up a notch or two".
I want to try more paper piecing, I want to sew more curves, work with more angles, basically add more funky stuff into my piecing. And I found the perfect quilt to expand my piecing horizons.
The "Sedona Star" by Sarah Vedeler - the 2012 Block of the Month on the thequiltshow.com
It was love at first sight - Wow - what a quilt. Bright colors, paper piecing, curves, everything I was looking for !!!
So "Merry Christmas" to me - I signed up and downloaded the first month's patterns. I went through my stash and pulled out some fabrics and then did some shopping to fill in the few fabrics I was missing.
And I started in ..... I was reading the instructions word for word, I printed my paper templates and started paper piecing. Now, you must realize, I have NOT been a huge paper piecing fan in the past.... ever since the day I managed to sew fabric to both sides of the paper and the poor instructor just looked at me and shook her head and muttered something about maybe I should stick to just quilting....
But this is different.... I'm LIKING it !!!
So I set up the laptop next to the sewing machine and I followed the instructions and I sewed and I sewed.
and in the end I was pretty darned impressed !!
The center section of my Sedona Star is complete. Just 11 more months to go. Stay tuned for updates - February includes 9 applique blocks ... I can't wait.