Monday, September 24, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Octagon flowers!  That's what's on my design floor today.  Each one of these little guys is made up of 5 pieces:  the 1" center diamond and 4 elongated hexagons.  They are joined by 2" squares.  It's a lot of hand work, but it goes very quickly.

I think English paper piecing is my place in the quilting universe.  I love how each block builds and then joins the others.  Every one is a decision.  The Hubz calls it the "hmm" factor.  I'll play around with placing the octies and do a lot of hmmm-ing.  What should I put here?  What there?  I love this.

I never pre-plan color order.  In my Fair Isle heyday, I'd never color my charts.  Just bought entirely too many colors and then played as I went along.  I don't want to know how something will look before I do it; I like serendipity.  So it is with EPP.  My cup of tea.

I don't care about speed, either.  I just love being able to do a little bit of piecing here and there.



10 comments:

Judy D in WA said...

I love your hexis and your attitude--hmmm.
Fair isle...I so want to learn that but it kind of terrifies me. :)

Vicki said...

Love your quilt top. I agree, I love having the colors on projects just come together. It makes it so unique and spontaneous. And stress free.

Valerie said...

Ruth, I love that quilt, love the colors, and love your style! I've been looking for a hand piecing project, and you've inspired my decision.

AnnieO said...

Very clever design--and lovely colors! Enjoy :)

Nina Marie said...

ohhh I love English PP too - it is a true vocation! I love this pattern!

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

Thank you for sharing your process and enthusiasm for EPP. It is great to see you playing with more unusual shapes. This project is really fun, can't wait to see how it progresses.

LuAnn said...

I love your hexies. Great design using the POTC templates.

Bonnie said...

What a great design. It will be neat to see it build up.

* said...

I love your attitude. I don't do much handwork but my piecing/quilting is pretty much the same. I do plan but am so willing to change in mid-stream if a new/better idea comes along. Love your flowers.

Brita said...

That is such a cute block project, just love it. I can't imagine doing all that by hand, but it will be worth it!

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