This was truly a challenge...the colors made me edgy, the seam work was tedious and I was continuously ripping out stitches.... I could only work on it for short periods at a time.... But I finished and vowed to be much more open in my color choices. I will never love doing seams though and doing this block I figured out why... they are too precise, measured, repetitive and unforgiving...very much like sane quilting... So I will continue to do just a few fancy seams on pieces, but not feel guilty about it.
To be out of my comfort zone a block had to include:
1. Intense color....jewel tones.
2.Seam treatments....fancy ones and lots of them.
3. Curves....which I avoid whenever I construct a block.
Even more importantly I had to have:
1. No lace ... no lace at all.
2. No embroidery of any kind ...SRE or traditional
3. A non-traditional crazy quilting format...
I allowed myself beads... I did fudge just a tad with a little SRE on her head dress and with this design about one third of the block had no seam stitching at all.... I'm glad that I did it as it was a challenge and I really was in a creative rut...a comfortable one but a rut just the same.... Thanks Lauri for setting this up....