Houston....We have a problem....
So this wonderful little quilt who has so far moved along perfectly for more than half of the piecing is now stalled.
I'm calling it "The Ultimate Piecing Disaster of 2010!" Ha!
Here's what happened:
I've been using Sharon Schamber's piec-lique technique for this whole quilt and it's worked marvelously well.
But the water section is made up of very tiny and very meticulous pieces. The lines must match both ways and I really think the Piec-lique method would have continued to work if the pieces were just a bit bigger.
As you can see, the lines were matching up one direction, but definitely not the other!
I worked on this piece all day yesterday and finally gave it up at 10 pm last night. I was just tired, frustrated, and ready to throw the whole quilt in the trash.
Instead I took a hot shower and went to bed. It's best not to do anything rash when experiencing a piecing disaster.
Of course, instead of sleeping I instead laid awake pondering how the heck I'm going to get this water to come out the way I want it to.
I went to yoga and my yoga instructor asked if I could change the design or be more open to the mismatching seams.
Nope...sorry...my inner perfectionist, type A personality literally SCREAMS when it sees mismatching seams. It just won't work.
I've said it before many times that the right teacher will step into my path right when I need her. For some reason this has happened like magic through my whole quilting experience.
And just luckily my new book Free Expression by Robbi Joy Eklow just arrived in the mail!
This book teaches fusible applique, a method I've known, but never really tried on a quilt.
After looking at the pages, I realized that this could work! Raw edge, fused applique is just what I need to get these little pieces in place perfectly with no bulky seams or complicated techniques.
Yes, this area will end up firmer and flatter than I had planned, but it's going to have the stuffing quilted out of it anyway so what does it matter?
So with a new direction and method in mind, I'm off to start fusing these little water pieces together.
You never know, I might just start fusing all of my quilts after this!
Let's go quilt!