Working Outside My Box

paint fabricA few weeks ago I found some fabric that I fell in love with. (Go figure!) It’s called Paint and was designed by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics.

Ah, how could I not like this? The fabric has words on it and I am a lover of words.

But then there is always the dilemma of what to make. Decisions, decisions! I left the fabric on the table that’s in my sewing room to mellow a bit. It was right where I could see it every time I walked into the room so I could rearrange it, pet it, gloat over it, add other fabric to it and seek some inspiration.

The flowers in the print are whimsical and playful. They didn’t want to be put into a straight-laced pattern. (Seriously, that’s what they said!) I needed something that was going to be just a tad wonky.

So, here is what I came up with.
block

I paired the Paint fabric with Grunge by Basic Grey for Moda. I had some yardage and a layer cake on hand so I decided to use that. I printed out a bunch of paper-piecing patterns onto Carol Doak’s paper-piecing paper. I prefer it over all others when using this technique. It zips right through my printer and tears off easily.

I designed the quilt in EQ7 and I figured out that I need to make 156 blocks to end up with a quilt that will be queen-sized. Gulp! That’s a lot of blocks! But darn, they look good and they go together quickly. And that’s nothing to sneeze at!

Here’s what I’ve done so far.
so far, so good

It’s making me smile!

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