It’s weird to think that at this time last year I hadn’t made a quilt. The words spray baste and warm and white meant nothing to me, but now I have a minor addiction.
I have 3 quilt projects in progress right now: A voile quilt to give as a Christmas gift, I’m collecting fabric for a Carolyn Friedlander quilt and of course, the project that brought on this post, a giant Alison Glass Feathers quilt!
As a huge fan of her fabric lines, I bought this pattern not long after it was released in early 2014 with the intention of eventually getting to it. Well the time has come and I’m a bit obsessed with paper piecing now, even if it makes a huge mess!
Like everyone I know in the quilting community, I fell in love with the Blueberry Park line from Karen Lewis and ordered myself a fat quarter bundle and matching Kona solids to get started on this quilt. The duvet on my bed is gray so I decided to use Kona Charcoal for the background to match my existing bedding.
The pattern is for a throw sized quilt, but I have altered it to be queen sized. This was really easy to do by just adding additional strips and a few additional blocks to the length. When all is said and done I will have about 140 blocks and I’ve currently made 80 of them.
I completely underestimated how much fabric this was going to take so I used every last inch I had during my guilds’ retreat in April and then ordered more. I’m working through the new pieces now at a rather slow pace, but plan to have this quilt finished in July.
Here is the one strip that I finished so I could show it off at Show N’ Tell at my guild meeting. Also seen in this picture is my True Bias Southport dress.
What is your experience with English Paper Piecing? I’m taking a class with Amy Garro in June and am really looking forward to learning her tips and tricks, but I would love to hear yours too!