Well it is probably not a surprise by now that I am a fan of paper piecing. I took my first class a few years ago and was hooked then and there. I have projects that I have bought the fabric for and started the cutting process but then they have been put back into a box for a later date, I have some that are partially finished and then there are those that were completed and are out for me to enjoy.
This year Ben and I decided to take a technique of the month class. It ran from June to Dec, for a total of eight classes. Quiltworx has some patterns that only certified shops or certified instructors can sell. I talked to the instructors about maybe straying from the path and trying out a different pattern. I just loved the centers of some of the patterns with the curved leaf shapes and thought it had a lot of techniques that I had not done yet. They told me it wouldn't be a problem, so I decided on the Fire Island Hosta Queen pattern. I started by just looking at the batik section to find an inspiration for the main color theme of the quilt. I tend to lean toward cooler colors and wanted to do something different from what I had done in the past. I decided on an orange color palette to start. I spent over two hours in their classroom with stacks of bolts of fabrics. Having done quiltworx patterns before, I kind of knew how to look for the colors, where they were going to go and how to play off of other colors that were already in the quilt. I worked my way from the center out, first picking the leaves, how they would flow together and so on. I decided I wanted to end the quilt in a darker color, something that would almost frame the center. This is what I came up with.
|My color pallet|
We got home and I started to do the cutting. Quiltworx has such specific cutting instructions that it makes cutting a breeze. I made a little color chart, so I know which fabric went with which number, I precut my pieces and put them into their respective bags. After all of the precutting was done I went back in and cut out my template pieces for each bag and everything was ready to start being put together.
|Pre-Cut Pieces in their 18 bags|
|My class kit box, everyone|
This quilt was quilted by Susan Miner at http://www.trendythread.net, SHE IS AMAZING. She has worked on two of my quilts and I might have cried each time I got one back. It's so amazing what a long arm quilter can do to enhance a quilt but not take away from the design. Here are some pictures of the process and the final product. I am just getting the binding on, so it's not all the way completed but it has a bed to lay on when it is done.
|1st 4 leaf halves|
|Same 4 leaf halves trimmed|