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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Challenge Number One.

So the first challenge of not buying any more fabric this year has occurred.  I needed a big piece (30 1/2 inches by 24 1/2 inches) of a sky blue fabric for the background of the applique dragon I'm making for my son.  Did I have such a piece?  No.  But I did have two smaller pieces.  Problem was, they were slightly different shades.  Solution:  piece them together in curved strips. 

I didn't realise it when I made my decision, but not allowing myself to buy any new fabric is providing challenges.  I haven't done a lot of curved piecing.  I know the theory, but just don't really do it.  So I got to practice and it was good for me.  I wonder what my next challenge will be.

This is the completed background with a few of the applique dragon bits laid out on top.  I love this part - seeing it take shape bit by bit is exciting!


  1. It may be a challenge, but isn't it wonderful how challenges such as these transform us into more creative beings?

    It looks gorgeous.

  2. I've bought hardly any fabric this year. But I do the raffles at club so have been buying for that. Only fabric I have bought this year for me, is non patchwork fabric as I really need to use the patchwork stash! That said this year has been about buying tools, needles, scissors sewezi table etc I can always find something to buy and of course thread!

  3. I love curved piecing - once you get the hang of it, it adds a real dimension to your work. Dragon looks great so far - can't wait to see more!

  4. They say Necessity is the Mother of Invention, but a little creativity doesn't hurt. Fantastic idea!

  5. Wow, that worked out great!! Well done!


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