I tried cutting down the bias strips so that they were narrow. I folded the piecing to see if darting would help. It didn't. But I realized that HALF of each pieced petal was just fine.
So I got out my rotary blade and cut all the petals in half. And they were suddenly FLAT! I added a couple more strips to some of the units and then thought about how to piece them all together. I realized I didn't have the patience to do any complex piecing, so I opted to cut the half petals units into as many squares as possible and then piece those.
"Big Sigh!" I let go of all the stress of what hadn't worked out. And suddenly I loved what I was working on!
The colors in this mini quilt delight me as does all the movement from the curved piecing. This little quilt makes SO happy! It's even the wallpaper on my phone now. Makes me smile every time I pick up the phone. That adds up to lots of smiles a day!! : )
Sherri has asked folks posting about quilts made the Scores from her book to share any insights they have about the improv piecing process and/or outcome. This quilt is named "Lemonaide". The spelling is non-traditional but the "aide" is spot on for me! Here are my Insights about working on Score #8.
- Surprises. In my case it was NO surprise that working this bias strip pieced score really annoyed me. But when I gave up doing what I didn't want to do and took another path to the piecing, I WAS suprised to discover I was instantly happy with what I was making!
- Discoveries. "Know thyself." I should have trusted my gut feeling that Bias Strip Petals wasn't the right flower patch for me and skipped it. I'm not sorry I tried Score #8. There were some seriously un-fun hours working on it but I learned some good stuff in the process.
- Satisfactions. I LOVE the quilt that came together when I started to follow my heart.
- Next Steps. I'll pick a project that sings to my tune next time!
The Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild has a Quilt Show starting TOMORROW-- Friday, November 6 and continuing Saturday and Sunday. It's in the Monsignor Donahue Hall, St Theresa School, 40 Saint Theresa Ave, West Roxbury MA 02132. There will be lots of great quilts, vendors, a Boutique table and a Cafe and a fabulous Raffle Quilt (click the link above to see it!). 2 of my quilts are in the show. Hope to see you there!