17 July 2012

Modern Medallion Quilt Part 3 - English Paper Piecing!

I am having so much fun learning a bunch of new quilting techniques in Stitched in Color's hand stitched class! Last week was English Paper Piecing.  It's all done by hand and it makes for very accurate points!  I have done a bit of this before with hexagons, but never with something this elaborate.  I repeated the 2 blocks below on the 4 corners of the quilt I'm making. 

Blue/Green Storm at Sea Block
I found the English paper piecing very easy. What was hard was choosing the fabrics and colors I was going to use!  I ended up using some special Flea Market Fancy fabric by Denyse Schmidt, even some of the very rare (not recently reprinted) pink tiles, blue barbells and green posies.  It's hard to cut the rare fabrics!!

Orange/Pink Storm at Sea Block

The corner blocks are surrounded by 2x2" patchwork in colors tying back to the quilt.  I chose pastels except for the brighter oranges and yellows.  I wanted to bring out those colors a bit more in the patchwork since the center section is very pink!

Patchwork attached! 

For my hand stitched classmates - when you are sewing the patchwork pieces to the storm at sea blocks, place your seam really close to the points on the blocks.  Sew the seam from the block side so that you can see how close you are to the points and stitch almost to the edge of them.  Otherwise the seam next to the point can open up.

It was difficult matching up the points to the seams of the checkerboard patchwork on each side.  There was definitely some ripping out that took place!  So as you're putting together your blocks, insure that the seams are the correct 2 1/4" from the raw edge of the smaller square, and 4 1/4" from the edge of the larger square.  And the center point of the larger diamond shape should be 2 1/4" from the edge of the block as well.  There's a bit of fudging you can do when you put it all together, after all, it's fabric!  Just try to keep all the seams uniformly 1/4".

Also, getting the patchwork squares to be exactly 2" wide after sewing was a feat.  I had to measure each one after sewing to make sure my seams were just right.  It's most important to make sure that the squares that will be adjacent to your storm at sea blocks are correct so that your seams will match the seams and points of the blocks.  I do have a 1/4" presser foot on my machine, but I still had to be careful.  With 9 seams, even a slight error can create a big variance!! 

Anyone see "baby's" paw at the left? : )

I had a little helper while I was taking photos.  You can see a little calico paw to the left of the quilt.  "Baby" was hiding underneath.  I can't believe she stayed under there for the photos!  

This is what the paw is attached to.....

The next part of the class starts this week when we'll be adding some additional appliqu├ęs and more patchwork.  Stay tuned for the next colorful round!  Lily : )


  1. Your hand piecing is gorgeous!

  2. Aww, cats are so helpful! I hear what you're saying, one of my strips ended up being rectangles instead of squares when I put everything together, so I have some seam ripping to do. It looks like the care you took really paid off, it looks amazing!

  3. beautiful work and thanks for the tips. i will definitely come back to this when i get there!


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