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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paper Pieced Blocks and Steers Wearing Hats

Notwithstanding that I have a zillion other quilting projects that need to be finished, I have been happily working on my 9-11 blocks, instead.  At my last posting, I had completed four or five but I have twelve, at this point.  Here are the last eight:

I was looking for some color when I did this one and think I may have walked off the plank:

 This is one of my favorites:
This one, not so much.  It has more pieces of fabric meeting in the middle than ought to be legal.  I do not believe a large caliber bullet could pierce it at the center:
 I had to squash it down with a vengeance to get it to lay flat for the photo.

The following has some of my favorite colors but it didn't really come out the way it looked in my head so I am a little unhappy with it.  Sometimes these things surprise me in a good way, but this one surprised me in that it is a little boring:
 I had a wild hair to incorporate a batik to soften the bright orange and it is okay, but clashes a bit, seems to me.  One it is quilted, it should smooth out the tones:
I used this one to put together a tutorial for my quilting buddy, Thearica (not yet posted).  It is a really simple pattern and a good one to learn to paper piece.  Thearica already knows how to paper piece but if I were teaching a class, this is a pattern I might use.
I am not sure I would use the yellow and green, again.  But I like it okay.

I have been so busy I've been meeting myself coming and going.  I took lots of photos, have lots of things going on, and no time at the moment to ramble on about it.  Husband has been out of town for a couple of days and this is probably a good time to go chill out in the studio. 

Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl