Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mandolin Quilt - Tales of Cloth Quilt Club 2018 - Part 2

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing

A finished quilt top! With thanks to long (and warm) Summer evenings where sleep eludes me, the Winter Olympics televised until the wee hours of the morning, a trip to Japan, and that never ending desire to plan the next  - and the next quilt - while stitching, to push me along and keep me stitching ... and it is done.

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
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I have lots of photos to share of my finished Mandolin quilt top so please bear with me. Fabrics for this quilt were selected one block at a time, over three or four long sessions of fabric play; choosing fabrics, cutting fabric pieces, and (glue) basting the papers. The pieces for each individual block were then placed into a zip lock bag ready for paper piecing. I then stitched one block at a time.

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing

While I was aiming for a scrappy look I did have a certain aesthetic in mind, and have repeated several fabrics in a number of blocks to ensure a sense of calm and cohesiveness. I also planned the fabrics for my joining units prior to choosing fabrics for the feature blocks, thus avoiding using the color pink for the outside diamonds of the feature blocks, so as to create a distinct contrast of colors and shapes. No two blocks are the same.

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing

Once all 20 feature blocks were completed I started on stitching together the joining units. It was quite the task to make so many the same units, and even more part-units to fill the edges of the quilt top! But once all the components were completed the quilt top itself came together relatively quickly. I really enjoyed watching the quilt top slowly unfold before my eyes, one stitch at a time.

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing

QUILT DETAILS
Quilt top measures 62 inches x 77 inches.
20 Mandolin Blocks.
12 Joining Units.
6 part joining units for top and bottom edges of the quilt top.
8 part joining Units for the left and right side edges of the quilt top.
4 part joining units for the corners of the quilt top.
Fabrics Used for Joining Units:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White.
Medium Gingham in Black - Riley Blake Designs.
Bubble Dots in Shell - Reef by Elizabeth Hartman
Notions/Tools Used for English Paper Piecing:
Paper Pieces from Tales of Cloth - as part of the
Tales of Cloth Quilt Club 2018.
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.

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
Mandolin Quilt Top
62 inches x 77 inches
All the papers are out (although every time I check I do find just one more). I continue to be a glue baster and removing the papers has never been a problem. I don't think my paper pieced quilts would exist if it wasn't for glue basting, so despite the pros and the cons of glue basting, it is absolutely worth it for me.

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing

This quilt top is ready for quilting - to be quilted by Karen Terrens from Quilts on Bastings. I am excited to get started on my next English Paper Piecing project but I am as yet undecided as to just what that will be.

A big thank you to Jodi from Tales of Cloth for the opportunity to collaborate and stitch my way through this clever design. Registration for the Tales of Cloth Quilt Club 2018 has now closed however if you would like to try your hand at a Mandolin Block, papers for single blocks are now available from Jodi's shop.

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling through the photos!
Rita

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt by Rita Hodge | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018  #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #englishpaperpieced #patchworkandquilting #patchwork #slowsewing
RELEVANT LINKS:
Mandolin Quilt - Work in Progress - Part 1.
Mandolin Quilt - Acrylic Templates available from Tales of Cloth.
Try out this block: Paper pieces for single Mandolin Blocks now available from Tales of Cloth.
More RPQ English Paper Pieced Quilts:
Liberty Stars Quilt - January 2018
Floral Hexagon Quilt - September 2017
The Daisy Chain Quilt - November 2016
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - July 2017

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing


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18 comments:

  1. Oh ... so ... lovely! I was drooling over each photo.
    I'm just starting another EPP project. Looking forward to seeing your next project.

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  2. Previous EPP projects I've thread basted. Going to try glue basting now on your recommendation. This quilt is stunning!

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  3. I am slowly working through my mandolin blocks as they arrive once a month, but oh, yours gives me inspiration to see this lovely handwork project through to the end! Beautiful! Love the pop of gingham in the connector blocks!

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  4. Totally gorgeous! I too am going scrappy but like you my connecting blocks are all the same. My middles of the main mandolin block feature vintage linens. Thank you for sharing, of course I am like a small child in a toy shop as I wait for the next lot of papers to arrive!

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  5. Amazing! You inspire me to not give up on EPP!

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  6. Love this sweet quilt! I hope you are not going to sell your hand pieced quilts. I've made two and have a couple more started and I couldn't bear to part with them. It makes me happy just to look at them! Both are made totally of Kaffe fabrics--one my design and one passaglia. With a trip coming up (for surgery) and eight days in the car, I'm hoping to get a lot of hand piecing done. Thanks for the inspiration! I always love your fabric choices!

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  7. Your mandolin quilt is so lovely.
    I just finished number 4 and waiting for numbers 5 and 6 to arrive. I'm using Liberty fabric to make mine and loving the process of choosing where each fabric goes. It's going to be a jumble of color, which is out of character for me.

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  8. This quilt top is gorgeous! I am always amazed at all of the fussy cutting and hand piecing you do, and still manage to finish many quilts. I would love a peek at your stash.

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  9. WOW Rita, this is intense and beautiful, really stunning. I admire your focus🙃😂

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  10. Oh, my goodness, Rita! You always make the most beautiful quilts!

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  11. That's wonderful and your pictures are gorgeous.

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  12. I absolutely love your quilt. It is amazing! I also enjoy EPP although I have not tried anything as complicated as your quilt, and I also glue baste. I did a twin sized I Spy quilt for our youngest grandchild using 2 in. hexagons and 2 in. triangles. Right now I am making 2 in. 6 pt. stars which will be separated by 2 in. hexagons. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  13. Your quilt is a treat for the eyes. The color and fabric selection is amazing. Love it!!!

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  14. Your quilt is stunning Rita. I'm about to start on this one to, Deciding which fabrics to use is the hardest part.

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