Last time my hubby went to Japan, I asked my friend Mari to hunt a down a copy of Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork 318 for me. It costs a pretty penny because it is out of print. But I consider myself a collector of quilting/sewing books, so I bought it for myself as a xmas present.
I just drool over the paper piecing I see Charise, Amy and Kerry do. It always looks so cute and feminine. I thought I'd give it a try to see how I could do.
I sketched the block in EQ7 so I could scale it to an 8" block. And then I started thinking about fabric choices. Oh my! I don't think I've agonized over fabrics this much ever. I think it must take a bit of practice to be able to visualize how the little bits of fabric will look when used in novelty blocks like this. I guess like everything else in quilting - practice, practice, practice!
So now she is done. I'm not quite sure where to go with her from here, so I think I'll just hang it in my sewing room until the inspiration strikes.