It's summer! The kids are out of school and constantly in the back yard. My sewing room is the hottest room in the house. So, English Paper Piecing has once again become my most enticing project. This morning I decided to count them up and it turned out to be a little more complicated than I expected.
I started this project at the end of last summer as I was wrapping up my last big EPP project. About the time of this blog post, I realized my initial fabric pull was way, way too pastel. Not suprising since I was pulling based on a favorite floral dress both girls wore then tiny. I meant it to be soft and pretty. But, as I added more flowers it just got overwhelmingly sweet and cloying and I started to hate it. So, I started over.
This time with a lot more deeper colors thrown in. And I love it. Every single block is my favorite.
Like this one made from the scraps of Anna's Geranium dress.
And this one made with another Geranium dress scrap and navy polka dots. Because, navy fabric is my current obsession.
And this one for its sheer oranginess. I definitely need to restock my orange fabric stash. Because orange is almost as fantastic navy.
So, I've got the 7 flowers in the center all sewn up. Then I've got 13 other blocks ready to sew onto them. That's the goal for this week.
But I've also got another stack of 5 blocks that I made mostly from the original fabric pull. They're pale and sweet and all of them might not make the final cut. Not the strawberries. The strawberries are definately going in. But all the ones underneath on a white background? I'm not so sure about those.
And then there's the original 14 blocks. They'd have a better chance if they weren't already sewn together with their papers popped out. I'm not sure that I'm up the challenge of unpicking the stitches, spacing them out in the new quilt so there's not a big pool of pastel, and attaching them without the help of the paper pieces. Would it really be so horrible if I just tossed them?
So, depending on how you count it- I either have 20 flowers, 21 (because those strawberries are definitely going it), 25 or 39.