After that huge push to finish my la passacaglia top, I really needed a change of scenery. The la passacaglia is not totally finished yet, but I'm waiting for more border fabric to arrive from USA. So I packed it all up and pulled the long neglected My Small World.
I was really excited to make this quilt when I started it back in May 2015. I made Part 1 and some of Part 2 and wrote a blog post them here. Then I got a bit disillusioned with it, and put it away. I had two major issues with it. I wasn't 100% convinced about the fabrics I was using, and I was having a lot of difficulties with the accuracy of my piecing.
A lot has changed in the last six months, and I'm trying again, because I do still love the design and really want one hanging on my wall.
I've sorted out the fabric dilemma by collecting more scraps, buying a bundle of small pieces from Amitie, and increasing my colour confidence by working on my la passacaglia. I've also learnt to restrict my fabric selections for a project, and not dig out every bit of fabric I've ever owned. I put out a reasonable selection and make myself choose from those fabrics only. It sort of looks like this:
I've sorted out the accuracy of the piecing by:
1. getting the FREE paper piecing templates from Sarah Bailey of Sew What Sherlock here
2. buying some BlocLoc rulers for Half Square Triangles
3. doing the bulk of the piecing in the daylight, and getting a new Bernina with much better lighting than my 25 year old machine had.
Foundation paper piecing has never really been my thing, but I couldn't have made this quilt with out it. I'm even getting quite good at it now, and hardly have to unpick at all.
I'm now really happy with how my quilt is coming along. I've made great progress over the past 4 days, and now we have a 3 day long weekend. I hope to get all of the bottom half done over the weekend. The sky should be easier because it's just all low volume white, cream and light blue.
If you're working on this quilt and want some additional inspiration and advice, I'd recommend two Australian bloggers I follow:
Susan Snooks of PatchworknPlay
Di from Snippets 'n' Scraps
They've both made beautiful versions of this quilt and inspired me to give it another go.
I need to pack it all up on Monday night and think about my fabrics for my Kaffe Fassett class on Saturday - exciting!!