Island Batik Ambassador Program - September Challenge

For this month, our challenge was to use a technique that is near and dear to my heart: paper piecing. We were allowed to use foundation paper piecing or English paper piecing, and I chose foundation paper piecing.

This month I was lucky enough to work with Ornate Gems by Kathy Engle.
I'll be honest- I had a heck of a time settling on a pattern for this challenge. I love foundation paper piecing so much, and the choices are so endless! I was a bit overwhelmed and actually had a few false starts before I finally settled on using the Mini Series patterns by Alison Glass and Giucy Giuce- but with a twist. I enlarged the blocks to better show off the beautiful fabric. So my blocks for this project were 7.5" rather than the 4" blocks I used for the Mini Series Sew Along. 
And then, disaster struck. 

While opening a jar of salsa, I felt a POP in my wrist and hand, and was almost knocked over by the pain. After lots of bad words and a visit with an orthopedist, I learned that I had injured a tendon pretty badly. The good news was that I didn't need surgery. The bad news was that my  pinky finger, ring finger, and wrist on my dominant side would have to remain immobilized for a while. No sewing!

Thankfully, after lots of rest and ice, the pain began to ease up and I snuck into my sewing room. The first time I tried to sew, it was a no-go because it made the pain worse. But I tried again a few days later and it felt okay. I asked my doctor if there was any reason not to sew, and he said it was fine! So I was able to finish up my quilt top. 
It's not exactly the vision I had in my head, but I'm still pretty happy with it. I had to modify my original plan to have more paper pieced blocks, and now the quilting will have to wait as well.

Here is a close-up of the paper pieced portion:
I used Schmetz microtex needles and Aurifil thread for this project, and plan to quilt it with Hobbs batting once I am healed up enough to do that.

Please be sure to check out the projects by all of this year's Island Batik Ambassadors:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris ~
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts
Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about your injury. I know it must have been very painful. When I use to work, several girls injured theirs and had to have surgery. It took them a while to get over it. I really hope all goes well for you.
    These fabrics are really gorgeous and I love what you have done with them. The quilt is so beautiful and the paper pieced designs are awesome. Great job!

  2. Feel better soon! Love the pieced blocks!

  3. I did the mini series sew along with those patterns.... they look great enlarged.

  4. cool what a wonderful idea doing this. thanks for sharing. hope you are feeling better soon quilting dash lady at comcast dot net


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