Last week I took a picture piecing class with Ruth Powers. If you are unfamiliar with her work you need to have a look at her website. She really does some great quilts and has won many awards.
This was a 2 day class to learn her technique. I usually don't do patterns but for this class we all were working on Ruth's Coneflowers pattern. This is a major accomplishment for me since I have only pieced one small quilt for my granddaughter. I can hardly believe that I have managed to get all of these small pieces to fit together! The other thing that amazed me is that I actually am enjoying it. Since I have never done a traditional quilt, this is a major breakthrough for me.
For this technique you create a pattern from an original photo on freezer paper. The trick is to keep all lines straight so you can do straight line piecing from the freezer paper templates. I can't wait to try my hand at creating my own pattern and see if I can really do this picture piecing thing. I will keep you posted.