In Cocorico Bee, Muriel chose Pippi Longstocking as her theme. She put a lot of inspiration into a gallery and initially I thought stripy tights and boots was the way to go, but I could not see it working with piecing, and you know I like to piece, I like the challenge. So instead I was drawn towards hair. I didn't want the desgin to be too tight, Pippi is a carefree character and I wanted to sew her in a improv free pieced style.
I like the spirit I have captured in this, but it is reminding me a little of a rugby ball! This is how the process went. First I sketch the basic shape on to quilt block graph paper and tidy up the lines.
Then I use permanent fine liner and label the sections, add some tick lines for matching up. I trace this onto the reverse shiny side of freezer paper with pencil. I use reverse tracing so that the freezer paper sticks to the back of the fabrics, easier when piecing.
I free pieced the hair in two halves and two plaits and then cut it to shape using the freezer paper.
Then it is all pieced together. The tick lines help a lot when sewing the curves and but I also just have to wing it some of the time.
This was a kicking and screaming block, I had to drag it into existence out from wherever it was hiding. I could not see it until I was well into the construction and I was prepared that I might have to abandon it and start something else.
The jumper is based on Pippi's jumper, Muriel managed to find one for herself!
To tell the truth I am more than a little relieved that I managed to finish this, I was getting an imagination funk on what to do for this block. Off you go Pippi!