Today is my stop on the Travellin’ Pic Stitch Blog Hop, hosted by Laura at Quokka Quilts and Katy at The Littlest Thistle. I met both of them while at the Sewing Summit — lovely women! — and decided I definitely need to get to Australia and Scotland (again!!).
Thanks ladies, for putting this together! I had such a good time with this project.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this month, I chose to use my photo of the Seattle skyline as my inspiration for this English Paper Piecing project.
Gorgeous, isn’t it? Here are the fabrics that I chose, based on the photo:
And here is the finished project!
I chose to do a less traditional English paper pieced project, and just went with some elongated hexagons. I sort of laid them out in the same general layout of the colors in the photo, and this is what I came up with. Even though it’s not technically recognizable as the Seattle skyline, I know exactly what it is, and it reminds me of that beautiful day.
Toward the end of this project, I didn’t think it would come together. I was trying to hand-applique the pieces to my background fabric and I didn’t baste well so everything was warped and ugly — last night, I ended up ripping the whole thing off the background and assumed I’d just do a half-finished post today.
But as I was driving home (I had been sewing in Starbucks), I was thinking about what fabric designer Thomas Knauer said at Sewing Summit about being an artist: Just. Keep. Creating. So instead of quitting, I decided I could machine-applique the pieces to the background. A little bit of quilting and assembly later, and I had a finished pillow! The background fabric of the pillow is Art Gallery’s Pure Elements in Ash, and it’s backed with Kona Coal.
There are a lot of little things I’ll do differently on my next project. While the whole thing looks pretty good, I definitely have room to improve. Still, I’m happy with the finished project, especially since there were a couple hours last night when I wanted to scrap the whole project. Guess it goes to show that perseverance pays off!
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