Paris Panel OMG Struggle Finish
I know I’m not alone with having my sewing mojo ebb and flow and glide far away. It has been a real struggle this month to even think about going into the sewing room. Sue has tried her best, offering short stints or a new project or even new fabric purchases. To be honest, I really didn’t care if I finished this month’s OMG project to link up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts. I greatly appreciate her monthly motivation – most months it is enough encouragement. The struggle is real but I know it won’t last long.
Paris Panel Purchase
We picked up the Paris panel way back in 2017 in a lovely quilt shop called Mill House Quilts. What a lovely variety of everything quilting . . . a one-stop-shop for sure. While browsing, the Paris panel just kept beaconing to me so it just had to come home with us. Fast forward four years with it hanging in the closet waiting for some attention. The finish-a-panel-challenge caught my eye and, deep sigh, it was time to get it out of the closet. Now to capture its true potential and bring out the key aspects of this beauty.
We were wise enough to pick up this complimentary Paris fabric at the same time as the panel purchase. Wiser still would have been to find something to go with the red/red-orange color found in the umbrella and her coat! Alas, that had to wait four years as well.
April OMG Focus
When I heard about the finish-a-panel-challenge back in March, I was certain that my mojo would return in overdrive. Shelley at Prairie Moon Quilting is the hostess of the fun QAL. The rules are simple: pick a panel, turn it into a quilt of some sort using your stash, and finish by April 30th. How darn easy is that?!! With four full weekends in April, it would be a cinch. Yeah. Not when it’s a struggle to force myself to sew. Diversions like finding additional fabric to match the red meant a trip to the local quilt shop for the first time in a year. That’s one thing that you cannot do well online – try to exactly match a color! This is what we found – of course, a little extra came along with the required red.
Next, another diversion to spark my interest was to design a potential layout in EQ8. Hmm. I gave us three options . . . which one should we use?
I like the ease of the red cornerstone while I love the suggestion of movement with the flying geese. Sue likes the nine-patch in the corners.
Dreaded Quilting Time
This was probably the cause of the struggle all along . . . how to quilt the panel?!! First, the eight flying geese needed to be made – not the three per corner that is shown in the EQ8 suggestion. Then, rather than adding the one-inch thin red border pictured we decided to add two sashing strips leading into each cornerstone using the new red fabric along with the Paris fabric.
NOW it was time to get ‘er quilted, starting with some outlining of the Tower and the couple. Once that was complete, I followed the diagonal line of the sidewalk to define that area differently from the wavy lines in the sky and water. Both the Eiffel Tower and the couple were not quilted beyond the outline to have them stand out. We used a gray and white zebra print for the backing and I used light gray or black as a quilting thread with white in the bobbin.
A simple black binding completes the frame and the April OMG project. A project I never thought would actually have a period on it.