Friday, March 17, 2017

Time for a Happy Soul!!

The March challenge to the Ambassadors was to make a Mini--less than 24 x 24 with either regular paper or English paper piecing techniques. I have never tried English Paper Piecing or EPP--but
would like to someday, just not today.

Several years ago my guild, Sioux Prairie Quilt Guild, had a workshop using a Judy Neimeyer pattern. I bought all the supplies, but couldn't attend the workshop. So I ended up finding a tutorial on where else but, Youtube!! I was quite the skeptic, as I had struggled with Paper piecing--PP. But it was like a light bulb went off watching and learning Judy's technique. The process of using the Add A Quarter ruler and an index card to trim off the excess fabric so you have an actual seam allowance to add the next fabric to was the game changer for me. I don't fear PP anymore--I still don't do it all the time--but when the opportunity is there--I go for it--fearlessly!!

So diving into this assignment--I put one of my favorite oils in my diffuser--love this smell!!
Made myself a cup of tea--Pomegranate Green Tea--and set about designing. The fabrics in Island Batik's Blushing Blooms were too pretty to pass up--so into the pattern they went.

Using 4" pieces of various strips from the collection I was able to quickly put this feather together.

I love how pretty the pieces look after trimming!!!!
Aren't they just sooo pretty?!?! Can you tell I am wishing for the colors of spring and summer?? We still have snow on the ground here in NW Iowa--but it might be melting this weekend--let's all pray for that to happen!!
Then since I wanted to make this project do more than one job--I used the prompt from Project Quilting. I have been following the project this year, but never participated until this week!!
The idea is to make a quilt in a week from the prompt--this week's prompt--Time is Up!!
I went with the "time" theme by finding a quote a wanted to hang in the desk area of my sewing room--something happy and cheerful. This little 9 x 17 mini just fits!!
The FREE instruction and pattern sheets for this happy little mini can be found on my Craftsy site.

What makes your soul happy?? Find it! Do it!!