My first part of my OMG for November is a December Kathy Schmitz block. I am well pleased with the results. The October and November blocks that I did used quite bright fabrics. I was not so sure they were such good choices. I much prefer my choices that I made for this month. At first I wasn't sure how the black I used in the corners would work with the other black I chose since they were adjacent. The corners look like arrows and I like that. I also like the holly berries in the fabric. The lattice fabric is something that I have had in my stash for decades. It came from a Keepsake Quilting special mystery batch. Way back I would place my orders on the phone and the person answering would always ask if I wanted to hear the specials. Usually I said yes, but sometimes I said no because I was always tempted and I did not want to buy beyond my budget. I am no longer stash building after decades of quilting. I am now working to use that stash. It always feels fabulous to use a fabric that you have for the longest time not been able to find a home for it.
I am not working on the second part of my OMG. I think this English Paper Pieced Project will be a window covering for my front door window, I had a collection of 2.5 inch strips in my stash. I sister had given me the pattern as a gift. She knew that I would love the geometry of this project. I had done a tumbling block scrap quilt at one point in time so I knew how important value was to making this kind quilt work. Once I realized that in the jelly roll I had three values some colors the fun began. I went through the jelly roll and decided what triples I would form. I decided to put the yellow on the top because in one class I took, the instructor taught use that it was important to consider from where your light source was coming. I try to think of that aspect when planning quilts. I did hunt around a bit for a border fabric. The actual pattern has an inside border and a larger outside border. Once I found this Kaffe I decided that I would applique the EPP onto the border fabric instead, I think it adds dimension to the piece and I like the float of it. I am trying to continually improve my technique, While doing the EPP you have time to reflect upon the quilting choices available. I had taken a Craftsy class on walking foot quilting. I had considered using a double needle pattern. I scanned a section of my quilt into the computer so that I would have a true to size print out with which to work. I placed the print into a plastic sheet protector and used a wet erase pen to draw my quilting options. If an option did not work, I would use a little water on a paper towel and erase it away. If it had potential, I would get out another sheet protector and work on another option. I was all set to do a double needle design that I thought looked like water dripping down. After I quilted the Kathy Schmitz, I totally changed my mind. I had wanted to learn how to use a double needle in a quilting project but decided that this was not the right project for that technique. I decide that all that linear design needed some curved quilting so back to the drawing board, I was looking through One Line at a Time Encore by Charlotte War Anderson and decided that I would try some of that quilting. I am trying to do the design she calls whirlpools. It will take three passes of quilting to work. I have just finished the first direction of my curved lines for this pattern. I am thinking about what I will do on the border while I complete the center. The book has multiple examples of quilts that use multiple designs. I am so enjoying the process of quilting my projects these days. I am thinking how I will section out the border to use more of the designs in this book. This book is very helpful to a novice quilter to gain confidence in her quilting ....ONE LINE AT A TIME!!!!