Now be honest -- who can go to a major quilt show and not be inspired to start something new?
On Tuesday three friends and I made a day trip to Pigeon Forge for the Mountain Quiltfest. I shopped with purpose and restraint, but still came home with three or four patterns and several yards of fabric. This Zinnia pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts (Edyta Sitar) spoke to me in a most earnest way and I'm not exactly sure why. It certainly is not my typical traditional block style of quilt!
So I sorted through my batiks (again, not my usual style) and started cutting. I want to work on this at a retreat later in the month and thought I could best absorb the instructions at home without distractions. The instructions are written for precuts which I am not using so I'm trying to convert them to more traditional methods of cutting from yardage. For example, I cut the little triangles from a strip using the Companion Angle, rather than cutting a large triangle into quarter squares. Today I dropped everything and assembled one flower head just to make sure I'm going in the right direction.
The pin at the lower right warns me that it's a little shy of the correct size, but I think it's because I trimmed the strip of 4 squares which caused me to lose points and that's about how much too small it is. Tomorrow I will think through my process for stems and leaves and get those pieces cut.