On my Design Wall is an FPP--a foundation paper-pieced project. Our Ventura Modern Quilt Guild was graced with the talent and artistry of Violet Craft for a workshop over the weekend. She graciously allowed any of her Abstraction patterns to be used in the class. I chose Elevated Abstractions Mt. Hood and took my color inspiration from Mr. Domestic's version of Violet's quilt.
My goal was to use only stash fabrics and I selected solids and prints. I think I got in about 200 steps going back and forth from my fat quarter stash chest to the cutting table choosing and cutting fabrics, 200 more from the sink to the dryer to the ironing board prepping the fabrics, 200 more to load everything into the car, and 200 more for two trips from the car up to the meeting place, lol.
The design I chose has 46 templates, each template has a different number of pieces. Violet demoed her method to our group, then walked around helping individually as needed. We required a second group demo to fully grasp her method, some were newbies and others experienced but with a different method. My sister was doing the Wolf Abstraction and piling up parts very quickly with her large templates, whereas I was much slower to get mine going. Nevertheless, by day's end I had completed the first four template sections and sewed them together.
At home, I sewed the top two mountain templates and when I laid them out for final assembly, I discovered a mistake. The tan fabric on the bottom left template was the wrong color! Thankfully it was an outside piece and easy to remove. Violet advises not tearing out the paper templates until the quilt is completed, and that tip saved me tons of time, as I had the pattern and stitching lines to go by.
A couple of hours later, all the sections had come together.
Yay! All my seams matched up the way I wanted them to and I'm liking my colors and prints. Only 39 more to go....:)
See more Design Walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.