Friday, October 5, 2012

Gearing up for Pillow Talk Swap #9

The mister thinks I'm crazy (since I have SO many projects in the works right now), but I couldn't resist signing up for round 9 of the Pillow Talk Swap. It is probably my most favorite swap on Flickr. The talent pool is amazing and I've been so so happy with the two pillows I received in previous rounds.

In stalking my partner, I came up with a design that I think she'll like: repeating kaleidoscope blocks.

PTS 9 Idea

I drafted a paper piecing pattern so I don't have to use templates. Each quadrant finishes at four inches, so I'm planning on making 25 blocks for a 5x5 layout (20 inches tall by 20 inches wide).

PTS 9 - Paper Pieced Kaleidoscope

I've only made four blocks so far, but I wanted to give my partner a better idea of what the pillow top will look like. I photoshopped the above image to get this one:

PTS 9

The color placement will obviously be different with the actual blocks, but they'll each consist of red, yellow, green/aqua, dark gray, with a light gray (Kona ash) background.

PTS 9 In progress (top image: 4 blocks; bottom image: edited layout 20 blocks)

This isn't one of my familiar, typical, comfortable color schemes (and part of me keeps thinking about the German flag), but I'm really liking how it's coming together so far. I'm becoming more and more comfortable with paper piecing, and this project will provide a lot more practice!

Fabrics include:
Denyse Schmidt's Chickopee
Rashida Coleman Hale's Washi
Kona Ash, Charcoal, and a few other greens that I can't remember the names of
Robert Kaufman's Metro Living
Annela Hoey's Little Apples
Lucy Summers' Summersville
Bonnie and Camille's Vintage Modern
Riley Blake (I can't find the name of that other yellow print, but I'll look for it)

5 comments:

Jessica Kelly said...

This looks so great! Love the colors and the pattern, lucky partner!

Katie B. said...

Really cool! I love the color palette.

Heather D. said...

It is going to be fantastic!

Barbie Mills said...

This is looking great! Kaleidoscope is such a versatile pattern. Cute fabric choices!

Sharon said...

This is great! Classic patterns never fail.
Your partner is lucky to get you.

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