I’m working on a new quilt idea. I’ve discussed it before, the koi pond repeat in some sort of watercolor technique similar to the sunset quilt.
I originally flirted with using the 2″ square dance block but have since veered toward a stretched hex (coffin, not honeycomb). I’ve ordered some coffin shaped English paper pieces. They’re gonna take a while to get here because the shape isn’t a standard one for PaperPieces.com so they’ll have to draft it before sending it to the laser cutter computer. Hopefully it’s not going to cost an arm and a leg.
This morning I had a flash . . . what if I created a stamp the size and shape I want. I could stamp the image on the back of the material, do some pin matching and sew the seams by machine. Y seams don’t bother me and I think I can pin and sew accurately enough to do the job by machine. I wouldn’t have to trim super accurately, wouldn’t have to use a template, wouldn’t have to sew the blocks together by hand (English paper piecing). Hmmm . . . You KNOW I’m gonna have to try . . .
So, ever the research queen, I’ve been looking at rubber stamps. I found this really plain Jane website with rubber stamp construction info. Next time I head into town I’ll pick up a blank stamp and see if I can carve what I need. Before I do that I’ll draw a couple and try sewing and see what I get.