One of the things I loved about joining round robins was it forced me to use colors and themes I would have never chosen otherwise. Since I loved pastels and lace, I seldom did anything else if it were left up to me. But doing some of the most difficult round robin blocks turned out to be my very favorites just because they were a challenge.
The one I most often think of was a block that was all purple with one bright orange patch and it had two awkward tiny corner patches. I spent a lot of time trying to decide what to do with it.
This is the result AND because I did this challenge, ever since I have loved doing fancy seams more than most anything, I was especially glad I participated in that challenge.
So when Kathy Shaw came along with her CQJP challenge I was among the first to eagerly join and I have been so pleased I did. With it I have to set my own challenges and each year I try to include things that force me out of whatever comfort zone I'm in. Last year the main thing was learning ribbon folding. I had tried several times and given up... It was do or die for 2015.
This year I'm still working on what to include. So far it will be a lack of color... crème on crème... It will truly be a challenge not to add color and somehow I want to
include one goldwork element... I want to also add as many of Jo Newsham's seams as I can. I am still trying to work out the details. Also I just got a set of Sharon Boggon's templates and I want to really explore their possibilities. So I'm looking forward to getting out of yet another comfort zone.
Remember the soutache jewelry from the other day... Well I have a huge hug and thank you for Jocelyne Ausseil who found this fantastic tuto...
Pigtails and Quilts is having a "Crazy Quilts are Quilts Too" celebrating crazy quilting and I'm pleased to be participatin...
Addendum: Here are a couple websites with tutorials... http://historicalsewing.com/pleated-trim-jazz-your-victorian-neckline https...
Margreet's blocks arrived today and they are such warm forest colors.. I haven't read her booklet yet so not sure if she had a prefe...