Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fun...and Not So Much

The City and Guilds programme is like any other educational adventure.  Sometimes the homework is fun, and sometimes...not so much.

Paper-pieced Courthouse Steps
This week I've finished two pieces -- two assignments.  The first involved paper foundation piecing, and was worked upside down.  Now, I've struggled for years to do paper piecing, and this was my third formal class on the subject.  It's not any easier than it ever was, and while I admire it, I'm not doing it again any time soon.

Sketchbook Sample

The second activity was much more fun.  I was required to select a traditional block, and work a bit of whimsy into it with either prairie points or mitred points.  I chose the former.  I tested it in my sketchbook with a paper sample to see if I could get it to work.  Isn't that printed paper fun?  I got it in a scrap-booking store eons ago, when I lived in the City.

In the end, I flubbed the math a bit (you'll see that in the chopped-off points at the sides of the block) and there was a great deal of bulk at the centre (I think I know how to mitigate this should I make another one), but you get the idea. Whimsy -- without foundation!

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