When I was literally two weeks into a new (and labor intensive) paper pieced quilt, I saw that Lee at Freshly Pieced was hosting a quiltalong at We All Sew for her latest pattern called Chandelier. I loved this pattern so much and was already dying for a change from the crazy tiny paper piecing. But I was determined NOT to go fabric shopping - I had done too much of that recently. So I gave myself a couple of self-imposed rules
Rule #1: I wanted to try and look through my hefty Pinterest folder of color schemes and pick something that I liked but wouldn't usually be immediately drawn to. Plus, I wanted to pick a color in that palette for the background that was not my usual light or white background. The above four choices were my top picks.
After a lot of IG hemming and hawing, I decided on the deeply saturated tapestry palette with the bright aqua blue as the background solid. Which brings me to Rule #2: I could participate in the quiltalong if I shopped from my own stash - with the one necessary exception being if I needed more solids for the background. I did a fairly quick fabric pull and came up with a solid selection.
I was JAZZED and ready to go! And then came the cutting.
So. much. cutting.
But I powered through and was still on track for week two! Celebrating, I opened up the instructions for week two. And then read about the epic amount of HSTs.
So. many. half-square-triangles. to. trim. Spoiler alert: I did not stay on track for week three.
In fact, I did manage to complete a few blocks but only because I stopped assembling all the HSTs as my brain was begging for a break. And sadly, they are still all hanging out to the side of my ironing board. Just waiting for me to pick them up and start again.
I'm coming lovelies....eventually.