I wonder if I can design my own Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)? (Of course I can.) I wonder if the cracked ice research I did may help? (Why the heck not!)
When my mom and I left East Africa, we went to Liberia, in West Africa, to visit the family of our stateside Liberian friend. We took a lot of pictures of people there, to bring back to our friend who hadn't seen his family in years. This photo, of Grandma with her grandson Shadrach, is lovely. I decide to use my compass method to see if I can cracked-ice it into FFP slices.
The program I use for this is humble Microsoft Paint. I open my jpeg in Paint, pull out the sides of the picture until it's surrounded by white, and zoom out so I can put my origin points down outside the photo. The blue lines are my initial rays radiating from those origin points. It would probably have been easier with another program... one where I could alter the lines after I had clicked off of them. But whatevs... MS Paint is familiar, and what I lost to its clunkiness, I redeemed in time I didn't spend researching and learning a new program! The yellow lines are the features that make the picture, delineating changes of color or subject. I let the background remain large pieces instead of subdividing more, because I want the subjects to come to the fore. Plus, the corners will get cut off by the 'Round the Twist pattern anyway!
Only after I've done all this work do I remember that the pattern will be the mirror image of the finished item! So if I wanted to make the FPP look like the photograph, I should have flipped it in the first stages and patterned the whole thing as a mirror image! Instead, I will now end up with an FPP which is the reverse of the photo. But that's okay... Grandma on the right or left isn't a major difference!
But first... procrastination!
I finish my pattern, look at it, and decide I can't focus on this until my semester is over. So I set it aside and do another Bargello quilt block for my sister's soothing Italian quilt!
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