Monday, October 1, 2012

Seasonal Brights

This fall I'm picking up my paper piecing needle and thread to join in the "Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop".  We're English paper piecing in colors inspired by beautiful places, organized by Katy of The Littlest Thistle and Laura of Quokka Quilts.  Totally a unique idea, so I had to take part.  The blog hop starts today.  I'm not first - my real blog hop post will come later this month.  Don't worry, I'm not cutting!

English Paper Piecing diamonds

Last night I had a glorious "aha" moments, realizing I could combine my project for the blog hop with the new quilt I'm leading for do. Good Stitches this month.  Our circle has been together for awhile and has stitched up all sorts of unique projects, but we haven't yet worked with English paper piecing.  I know lots of my bee mates have experience, but it may be new for some, so I've chosen a simple (and laaaarge) block that seems like a good place for anyone to start.



Here's my inspiration!  This is Summer of Love by Clare (previously Summerfete, but now blogging at SelfSewn).   I know - it's stunning and all hand-pieced. I've been following Clare for awhile.  She's an English Paper Piecing (EPP) maven for sure.  To be honest, I didn't really see myself making a whole EPP quilt before, but with a little help... why not?

Next Color! Because it's autumn again, I've been thinking about our lovely work last year with Celebrate Color.  If you missed it, do click through to get a serious dose of inspiration!  Miss Emma Lamb made a special color palette post for Celebrate Color with several gorgeous color stories.



This one is so "me".  Emma called it "Seasonal Brights".  The beautiful teal and royal blues contrasting with warm gold and flashy mustard, that's just my cup of tea.  And then the other colors - neutrals, unexpected peach, trendy orchid purple, earthy sage - round out a colorful, but decidedly fall array.  Wouldn't it be fun to see this in stars!

Seasonal Brights palette

Well, here's a good start.  My stash includes lots of warm yellows, so no problem there.  I also have purples just waiting to finally be used.  My only good teal is that linen (upper left).  Why is there not more dark, rich teal in modern quilt fabrics?  I'm always on the lookout for that shade.  But, I had the hardest time with the peach color.  It's just not something I normally buy.  I wish I had enough of the Meet the Gang text print (2nd row, far right) to use it for a star, because I think it's perfect and very "modern". 

Star pairings

Each star only requires 2 fabrics, which makes choosing prints so easy.  Here are my pairings, though I only plan to make 2-3 stars.  We'll see!  English paper piecing tends to be addicting...

just One

I'm asking the Love circle to make 6 point stars this month.  They (and anyone else) can use my Google printable to print out the diamond paper pieces for our project.  Each block will require 12 diamonds, 6 for the star and 6 for the surround.  The blocks will finish as 10 3/8" hexagons, which I'll machine piece together (or at least that's the plan, keep your fingers crossed).  I hope that each member can each manage to make 2 blocks...  I've just started on mine, so I'm not sure yet if I'm asking too much. 

Well, wish us all luck, I guess!  I'll be back with my traveling-picture inspired star later this October.  If you're interested in English paper piecing, but not sure what it's all about, check out my intro video tutorial.  The Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop is sure to keep you inspired.  Happy stitching!

22 comments:

  1. EPP is addicting, for sure :) I haven't even finished my first small project, and I'm dreaming of all the different EPP quilts I could make! Happy Monday!

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  2. You will love that EPP project and your colour palette is lovely - I just got my EPP diamond quilt back from the quilter. here's mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wadewoolley/7933937884

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  3. fun fun fun! i love epp and i'm super looking forward to getting started!

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  4. Lots of great links and inspiration in this post - the star quilt is beautiful and a perfect EPP project for do.Good Stitches!

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  5. These will be fun to make this month! I'll have to dig around the stash to come with a pile, and I hope to do so soon!

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    1. Thanks, Jacey! I hope that the others will feel comfortable with EPP too.

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  6. Wow, your project is really great!!! I would like to try to do the star quilt. It looks fantastic! But it will be doll quilt :-) I have no patience unfortunately :-(

    And thanks for autumn inspiration :-)

    Jolana

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  7. Beautiful EPP quilt, I have been making hexagons since handstitched class because they are just fun so now I feel like doing some stars too!

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  8. Ooh great start! Looking forward to your post! I will link in that video for beginners :)

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  9. I am really excited to see how your project comes together (such a gorgeous stack of fabric too!). :) I also am working with diamonds for the blog hop, but in a totally different style of block.

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    1. I was racking my brain for what I'd do with my blog hop project, so this was a great solution. I love diamonds and mostly see them used in stars. Will enjoy seeing what you do with yours!

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  10. I have yet to try EPP but it is the topic for our local Modern Quilt Guild's November meeting and I am excited to finally get to try it!

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  11. Great project Rachel!! I just started two weeks ago and have found a new love!!!

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  12. I´m afraid you´ll use the sharp points of the stars if you machine piece the hexagons together - there is usually just not enough seam allowance in EPP for machine piecing.

    Anyhow- I think it´s a great idea to let the other bee members help you to make EPP blocks and am looking foreward to see a stunning quilt!

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  13. Hi. I'm totally new to quilting, but I'm beginning to love it thanks to you and your beautiful, joyful, colourful work. So different from what we usually see here in France. Thank you so much for the inspiration and for all the new possibilities you're letting me see.

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  14. Love your quilting .... so nice.

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  15. Ooh hello hello!!
    Cant wait to see how it grows (and it will!)
    Thanks for the pr.
    xx

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  16. Fun! I don't know if I'm bummed or relieved that I moved over to the Bliss Circle. EPP scares the heck out of me! I'm taking Katy's class at SS, so hopefully I'll leave there with the basics so I could try this block sometime - it's really great.

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  17. Love the color palette! The inclusion of so many colros is so great!

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