|36" x 43"|
I seem to be moving in the direction of more and more paper piecing, and my second paper pieced design has me longing for even more!
The plan is to make a pattern for this design. I know, I say it all the time! I'm in the beginning stages of figuring out the details. I want to make a larger version in different colors, change the block assembly as well as using a larger size block. Testing my pattern one more time! I'll keep you posted...just in case anyone would like to test for me?!
The blocks inspired me to play with the quilting. I had the start of an idea, but as with many of my quilts I tend to work on a section and then build from there. Much like improv, it builds as I go.
Black quilts are always tough to photograph. Either they are too black (like this one), or they are totally washed out. Not to mention the camera picks up every single piece of lint even though I rolled it into submission with my lint roller.
It was an obvious choice to highlight the 'X' in the middle with 1/4" straight line quilting. There are areas I mimicked the triangles, added diamonds and tossed in more lines.
I tried using my hera marker to lay down the lines, but as you can imagine it was difficult to see.
Instead I used this handy little chalk roller. I think it might be a Clover Chaco-Liner Wheel, but I can't be sure. It was another tool I yoinked from my daughter!
I was able to get good lines and see where I needed to go. A word of advice, don't mark too many sections at once. The chalk will brush off and you will end up having to remark your lines.
While I mostly used black thread, I also used orange for the 'X' and bigger orange sections. The triangles were left untouched.
For the pattern (once I write it), I'm debating having different size blocks for three quilts. Small for a wall hanging, medium for a baby quilt and large for a lap quilt. With little experience with patterns, I don't know if that is a 'thing' or the 'thing' to do. If anyone has advice about this I would love to hear it!
My next venture with this block will be using a different color palette. I love the orange/black combination, but feel it's worth trying something different. I've had a stack of my daughters hand dyed fabric she gifted to me years ago...they might finally have a future!
Next to actually writing patterns, the next hardest part for me is naming a quilt! For now I'm lovingly calling it Orange & Black! Pretty original right?!