I've joined the Color Collective put on by Sewtopia I would highly recommend getting in on the next session of this program as the first two months have been fabulous. Month 2 fabric arrived and I pulled out my bins of solids. This time I had 3 colors that were close to matching. This adds up to 19 new colors that I've got to work with in the first two months. Talk about stretching outside my comfort zone.
Month 2 was all about Foundation Paper Piecing. I've done this before, but have never made a whole top with this method. It took me a bit to find my tools; postcard from my Mom and Dad on their Alaskan road trip, and my Add a Quarter ruler. A must have ruler for this type of work. And sew it begins. Cutting and trimming and pressing and trimming and sewing and trimming and pressing.
First three blocks using 9 of the 12 colors. This project consisted of 25 blocks so I was trying to do math that would have me use each color in each of the 3 sections of the pattern. I got dizzy after the first batch of blocks.
I kept at it. I spent about 5 hours in the studio yesterday. It was interesting how my mind moved to certain things with color combinations. One set had me think of marching band uniforms, others reminded me of school colors, NFL colors, etc That was a tough hurdle for me. I love the combo of green, navy and grey, but that screams Seahawks!
I went to my trusty black and white setting to see only value. This makes you look at things in a very different way.
Here was my "not so final" layout. I started back with the black and white photos, did some rearranging and committed to a layout. This project is one of those where you can move and move and move and never come up with the "perfect" layout.
I called it done, and sewed the blocks into a top. Yes, on the left side I have two green X's on top of each other. Geez! But I am very pleased with the lessons I learned while making this one. For some reason my blocks did not all nest together, which has my brain a bit puzzled. I will be back in the studio doing some testing on why that happened.
So thank you Tara Faugnan and Amy at Sewtopia, for a fantastic month 2. If you are on IG, you can see posts with the hashtag thecolorcollective Check it out to see how others interpreted these color combinations.
I'll leave you with a fantastic sunset that we had on Friday evening. Birch Bay at it's finest!