I received all these beautiful black fabrics above. Black isn't usually my color in my quilts though I do wear a ton of black and white. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed thinking about what I wanted to do when I saw a picture of a traditional pumpkin seed and/or orange peel quilt. I knew it would really showcase some of these black fabrics.
However, I can never do anything the easy way, so I had to adapt it somehow and make it my own. So I went into Electric Quilter 7 and started playing. Here are the four designs I came up with:
I decided on the third idea above because I really liked the circle in the center. I figured out I needed 40 of the orange peel shapes. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to draw 40 of those leaf shapes and have them come out symmetrical. So what did I do? I called my mom.
My mother is also a quilter and she happens to have an ink-jet printer. I don't, we have laser. I knew that I could put my favorite Steam-a-Seam 2 through an ink-jet printer (no laser because they heat it!) and get symmetrical shapes. I simply cut 1/2" off the 9" inch wide sheet of Steam-a-Seam 2 and it went right through the printer without any troubles! I will definitely be doing this again.
I knew I also needed a grid on my background fabric to help me align the leaves so I drew one with a white iron-off marker that would come off when I ironed on the pieces.
Once that was done I started putting on the pieces! It was so much fun. I knew I needed a little more light to see the white lines on the yellow fabric, so I found a great new use for my LED light box:
Here is the progression as I added more pieces!
Come back on Wednesday to check out the next step!