The weather here the past couple of days has been distinctly November-ish: cold, damp, a skiff of snow and when there's been a breeze, it's been bone-chilling. Though I've managed my daily jog (a.m.) and walks (p.m.), I am quite happy to sit indoors and stitch, listening to music or watching The Quilt Show as I do. [Last night I even caught up on a couple of early episodes from the webcast archives of Oprah's Life Class -- which echoed clearly what Joyce Meyer's been teaching me all year...funny how God manages that, eh? ;-) ]
I've finished Activity 1 in Module 5 of my C&G, and am preparing for Activities 2 and 3, which are linked.
And herein begin the coincidences...
Somewhere in someone's show notes (I can't find it right now -- darn!) I stumbled across this link to a lecture given by Bridget Long in June of this year, entitled Elegant Geometry: American and British Mosaic Patchwork. Ms. Long is a quilt historian whose studied English Paper Piecing extensively; in the video she talks of its history and how it came over to North America (with particular reference to the US) and evolved over here.
I ate this video up, and then read Activities 2 and 3: Using the colour palette from Activity 1, I am required to design a piece on paper and then create it in fabric --using "mosaic piecing"! I'm delighted with this, as it's the only form of PP at which I've been even remotely successful. :-)
I gave you a glimpse of the front the other day; now here's the back. Yesterday afternoon I began to create the kamon or crest that I'm going to apply to the centre back. As it will be a motif appliqued in the centre of a ring, I thought I'd use freezer paper, but in the end, I realized that Jenni Dobson knew best, and I followed her method.
Now for the central motif-- for which I'll be using (you've guessed it)...mosaic patchwork. Stay tuned!