Wednesday, January 31, 2018

English Paper Piecing - Liberty Stars Quilt - Part 3

... and a finished quilt!
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Oh my goodness, I have finished another English paper pieced quilt. I love English paper piecing (EPP) and wish that I could prop myself on the couch with my EPP projects and allow myself the luxury to sew slow, all day, every day. But slow sewing doesn't fit in with what it takes to keep my business moving along and so I squeeze in working on my EPP in the evenings ... and way into the early hours of the morning. It's actually the best time of the day, with the house quiet, the now already 1 year old puppy resting quietly, and the TV ready with catch up movies and shows.

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The "stars" of my Liberty Stars quilt feature all Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics, both printed and plain/solids. It is always a pleasure to work with Liberty Tana Lawn and I have no hesitation recommending these fabrics for your EPP projects. The grey background fabric (hexagons) is a shotcotton by Oakshott fabrics which is another luxury fabric and these two fabric bases work perfectly together. The needle and thread glided through the fabric layers with ease, and both fabrics withstood the glue basting and paper removal process much better than I could have anticipated.

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The quilt has been quilted by professional long arm quilter Karen Terrens from Quilt on Bastings (Karen is my sister), and I think she has done a wonderful job; featuring a chain of free-hand daisy like designs on the grey background fabric which has been repeated throughout, adding detail and interest in a restrained and orderly manner.

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For the back of the quilt I have continued the all Liberty theme by using a single Liberty Tana Lawn fabric called Feather Fields in A (blue).

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I also decided to also use the same fabric for the quilt binding - using the off-cuts from the trimmed quilt to piece the binding. I usually machine stitch the binding but for this quilt I thought it might be nice to hand slip stitch the binding and take time to reflect on the process, and the many hours of work that have gone into the making of this quilt.

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

QUILT DETAILS
Liberty Stars Quilt
The finished quilt measures 57 inches x 71 inches.
127 Liberty Star Units + 10 Liberty Half Star Units.
Papers used:
804 Diamonds (Six Pointed Star) with 1 3/4 inch sides.
270 Hexagons with 1 3/4 inch sides.
Papers available from Tales of Cloth:
Hexagons 
Diamonds
Notions/Tools Used for English Paper Piecing:
Acrylic templates with a 3/8" seam allowance for cutting fabrics.
Water Soluble Basting Glue - Sewline.
Straw Needles - Size 11.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads.

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Fabrics Used for Star Units:
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and
Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Plain/Solid
Background Fabric - Hexagons:
Oakshott Cotton :: Scandinavia in Stockholm

[The quilt top was sewn together in vertical rows - there are eleven vertical rows of stars. I first laid out all of the Star Units and arranged and rearranged the units until I was happy with the layout. I then picked up the Star units in rows and in order, placed each row in a zip lock bag, and simply started by joining the units of row 1 together with hexagons. And repeat for row 2 and onwards.]

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

This quilt has been sold. I know some of my readers may find it hard to understand how I can part with a quilt that I have spend so many hours making. The pleasure of the making was all mine, and I was fortunate to have a client who understood the process and the value of handmade. I know this quilt will be equally valued by my client and enjoyed for many more years to come. There are no regrets. I am already thoroughly enjoying my next EPP project!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty Stars Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
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11 comments:

  1. A wonderful quilt Rita! Fab!!

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  2. So beautiful. I often use EPP for making bags as gifts, but really don't think I could bear to giveaway a whole quilt. x

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  3. Rita, this quilt is amazingly beautiful! And speaking of amazing, I popped over to your sister's site...oh, my goodness!

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  4. This is beautiful, Rita. Your sister is just as amazing as you are. That is so nice that you have a very similar obsession - er, hobby, uhm artistic and energetic gift.

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  5. Gorgeous quilt. I'm really drawn to the star unit in the fourth photo with the black and white print in it.

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  6. Beautiful quilt! Having fun with EPP myself.

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  7. It is no surprise that this quilt has already been sold. It is beautiful!

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  8. This quilt is a thing of beauty.

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  9. Wow just beautiful and the freehand quilting by your sisters amazing. Wish I could freehand like that.

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  10. The quilt is absolutely gorgeous. The person who bought it is very fortunate to be able to enjoy it.

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