Bonnie Hunter about how she organizes her scraps. She did a great lecture and her quilts were wonderful. I can home and decided to use square pieces instead of random curved pieces hoping that it would make the process faster.
Except for one problem - I didn't do the math. The piece I am working on in approximately 30 inches square and I decided I wanted the background pieces to blend together. One inch squares seemed to be the way to go. 30 inches times 30 inches = 900 pieces. I quickly ran out of the green fabrics I had and decided that there was not enough variety anyways.
So out came the white on white prints and the Setacolor Paints.
I painted and cut and painted and cut and painted some more and cut some more until finally I had the background done (a little less than 900 pieces - I didn't put fabric behind the leaves or basket.
Needless to say - the piece was not finished by the challenge date. I did get the top pieced and quilted the outline of the leaves.
Last month, Judy Heyward did a wonderful machine quilting class for our group and I decided to use one of the patterns she taught for the background quilting and I am again making progress on the piece.