Sunday, February 13, 2011
New designs: Swiss Daisy and Edelweiss
The second inspiration was Mary Ann Beattie's extremely clever paper piecing pattern of a sunshine (apparently no longer on the web), in which she cut through the foundation during the construction to allow all the sunshine's rays to be sewn with a single foundation unit. This got me thinking about the possibilities of cutting the foundation to achieve certain designs, and I wondered if some variation of this idea could be used to create the camera aperture design. A little drafting in EQ, some experimenting with fabric at the machine, and eureka! A center octagon, framed by overlapping triangles, becomes possible to sew using a single foundation piece, with no applique. How cool is that?
I love how the one design led so naturally into the second one, yet both blocks stand on their own as distinct designs with different possibilities. They share some similarities in construction techniques, though Edelweiss can only be constructed in multiple units, whereas Swiss Daisy is a true single-unit foundation pattern (a multiple unit version is also given in the pattern). (Note: both patterns are for intermediate- to advanced-level paper piecers. For more images of the blocks and quilt possibilities, see Swiss Daisy and Edelweiss.)