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Merry Christmas to Ellyn!

Her prompt for the bee this month was to use this bright, happy palette to make three improv, pieced blocks approximately 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". She also requested we include a triangle(s) in each block. These Kona colors are Bright Pink, Orange, Duckling, Chartreuse and Jade Green.

I immediately decided that I would do some improv curves. Here's what I came up with.

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Earlier this month I shared my newest project. At that point it was a stack of 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces. Some progress has been made. I cut out all my Kona Snow background pieces and got everything up on the design wall.

My graph paper "pattern" is meticulously labeled. (You can see the beginning sketch, before labeling, in my previous post.) All of these pieces will go into nine sections before those are combined. I like to chain piece, sewing many seams one after another another without breaking thread. I find this assembly line style piecing to be faster than sewing one seam at a time. Here's my latest batch from this evening.

I use my reference guide to put all the pieces back in their proper places on the design wall once the seams are pressed. Then I repeat the process. I've been through a few rounds of piecing, but still have a long way to go. At least things start to come together faster as the sections get larger. :-)

I'm really trying not to start new projects, but I am making a special mini quilt that is underway. I'll tell you more about why I'm making it when I finish it later this month, but here's a peek at what I'm up to. I ordered Kona Corsage, Rose, and Celadon to partner with Yarrow, Windsor, and the unknown dark green. I also bought my first yard of Kona Snow for this project as it will be the background. This evening I cut out everything except for the background.

Here's the sketch for my plan. (Graph paper is one of my favorite design tools!)

I'm excited to get these little bits sewn together, but first I need to cut out a lot of background fabric!