One of the things I like about the new guild that Judy and I have joined is that there are frequent challenges. I decided that I would attempt each challenge that came along unless there was Good Reason not to. Judy (more about whom shortly) has been far more picky. The challenge for January (remember, we are new members) was to participate in a Secret Angel swap. I had a wonderful time with that and was pleased with how the gifts for my recipient turned out (and equally delighted with what I received). Judy thought she would perhaps participate in this next year. The challenge for the February meeting involved free fabric. Was this a no-brainer or what? Of course I was going to participate. When they said it had to be paper piecing, something I had never done, I hesitated only for a second. Free fabric. After all. Judy thought she'd pass. I came home with a handful of F8s of Madrona Road and immediately procrastinated. The other night it dawned on me that the guild meeting is coming up soon, and it was prolly time to get piecing.
Back to Judy for a minute here. She's a dear and wise person, a teacher of children with special needs and I imagine that she's damn good at it. Her venue is a Roman Catholic parochial school and her classic story is about the time she was in a faculty meeting and didn't understand something that was being discussed -- something that the rest of the crew seemed to find perfectly obvious -- and one of the nuns said to her, "What? Are you in the Baby Jesus Group?" When she didn't understand that, they explained to her that the various reading groups have names (like we would have had the Red Birds and the Green Birds and the Blue Birds and not know any more than that because we were eight) like the Saint Joseph Group, the Holy Spirit Group, and the Baby Jesus Group. The nuns all knew that the Baby Jesus Group was for the very slowest learners of all.
So whenever one of us has a "d-uh" moment, the others very gently allow for that, explaining that the person who didn't quite catch on is in the Baby Jesus Group. The concept has served us well.
So, back to the other night. Although you can already see where this is going. For my challenge piece, I chose a very nice design where one makes four identical paper pieced six inch blocks and then assembles them into a masterpiece that finishes at twelve inches.
Suffice it to say that I haven't ruined all of the fabric.