Remember that workshop I went to in April (that I might have gushed a bit about?). Well, I've been in contact with the members of that retreat ever since and we've decided to start a new sewing challenge. The goal is to use our block design / improv piecing / paper piecing skills on a regular basis. You have to use the skills to keep them fresh in your mind because it is a totally different way of thinking about piecing. Our goal is one block per week. That's a steep order to add to some very busy sewing tables. But, I typed it out loud now, and there is no going back.
For my first week, I made an improv house block for Jenny in the Sew Buzzy Bee. She asked for blocks to represent each of our houses. My actual house has two bay windows in front, so I started with the windows and built up from there. My house has dark green siding on three sides and brick on the front. All of my brick colored fabrics were just too dark, so I went with berry herringbone Joel Dewberry instead. The print certainly has texture, even if it isn't really brick shaped.
In retrospect I should have done more drawing with graph paper to come up with a window size and door size to fit on a 12.5" square. If I had a 15 or 16" square, I could have the windows on either side of the door, and I could have fit the two dormers with windows on the second floor and maybe the chimney. I've done a few house blocks lately, but they've been tiny and lacking detail, so this was definitely a challenge for me. Next time I improv piece for this challenge, I hope to play with more crazy angles or some curves. I also pledge to do a sketch.
Amanda at crazy mom quilts posted her block here. I hope that Tara, Carmen and Audrey will join in soon, too. The plan is to post on Fridays. So, today is a Fancy Block Friday, just a day late.
Now I have to ask, how are you challenging yourself in your craft?