Friday, March 26, 2010

Code in my node

I'm in the middle of the worst head cold I've had in years, and my head feels like I've taken every scrap of batting in the house and crammed it into my skull.  A lovely feeling, let me tell you.  So I've been doing a lot of napping and reading and dozing and watching mindless tv.  One of these days I might be able to hear again and breathe through both nostrils at the same time!  I can hardly wait!  In the meantime, I've got my kleenex and a glass of grapefruit juice at my side at all times and I'm getting by.

In the meantime, I've been using this forced down-time to make some  progress on another City and Guilds activity on English paper piecing...  which is another thing I never thought I'd do. It just seemed  pointless, frankly. The exercise involved choosing a photo (above), then translating it into blocks of color, like so:

A great abstraction technique, yes?   Coloring triangles was a perfect afternoon activity for stuffy-headed me.  And then the trick was sewing the pieces:

This is as far as I've gotten, because in my usual "Can I possibly make this harder on myself?" style, I made the triangles quite small and it makes for dang fussy sewing. Still, it was rather enjoyable and good tv sewing.  I can actually see myself using this technique on something someday.  With bigger pieces, that is.

Time for my mid-afternoon nap now.


  1. I remember that exercise! Here are the first (and only) paper pieced hexagons I've ever made - Quaking Aspens

  2. I like how the triangles reflect the shape of your flower inspiration. Hope you feel better soon.

  3. I like it! I hope you feel better soon. I'm battling something, too and your description is apt, plus a couple of itchy eyes. I think I'm allergic to spring, unfortunately.
    Anyway...I'm thinking of you!