Starting the Smitten Quilt

I have been having so much fun working on a new english paper pieced quilt for the last few weeks. It’s the smitten quilt by Lucy Kingwell and was recommended to me by one of the lovely ladies at my local quilt shop.

There are endless opportunities to play with pattern and colour and I am loving that aspect!! I have been english paper piecing – I only bought three sizes of papers and then chopped them in half to make any other templates. I also had to cut out the biggest hexagon myself.

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I based my fabric choices off two I fell in love with in the store right away, then walked around and added some more and some more at home from my stash.

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I’ve gotten a few comments on Instagram about how I mix my fabrics, and thought I would sit down and try to think about what I do intuitively. I also thought it would be a good little exercise before I go to buy a few more bits!! I think I will run out of fabric before I finish the quilt top otherwise! I thought it would be handy to have a little reference with me.

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I’ve realised I have a pile of pink…

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Another of green…

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And one of blues.

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I also have a bunch of neutrals.

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And now let’s look at my finished hexies! I wanted to show off my biggest prints with the large centres. I think the points around the middle hexie help soften the block.

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This one features another of my largest and very loved prints. I wanted something soft bordering the plates so as not to overwhelm them, and then made it a little more punchy with a pink outside.

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This centre was another of my starter fabrics. I tried to use each colour from the centre, and kept the two busiest and whitest prints away from each other. I think the outer green stops it from being too harsh.

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For my fourth block I wanted to use the plates again because they fit so nicely at this larger size. But I also made myself a rule not to use any of the same fabrics as last time. I’ve contrasted modern and delicate prints, and again used the border to soften the more punchy colours.

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For my last hexagon of this design I mixed lots of busy prints, but tried to use contact and colour to separate them visually.

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And here are all my hexagons playing nicely together!

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I am loving this project!

Quilt #4 (before numbers one, two and three).

So, about a week ago I went to the quilt shop with my mum, because she needed to hang a quilt. I was absolutely definitely not getting anything for myself. Despite a nice long browse, I made it to the counter with my mum, where I was told there were sale items out in one of the back rooms.

I did not leave empty handed. I couldn’t say no to some half price precut selections!!

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A few hours later and this happened. Pairing up squares, sewing and cutting half square triangles, (half triangle squares?), ironing flat, and trimming. These were so much fun! I used this great method I found on a Craftsy blog post. Thanks Craftsy!

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This is how I arranged them! I wanted the heavier spots at the bottom and I kept the more regular prints to one orientation. I had grouped print repeats together, but changed my mind and balanced them out a bit more. It was a fun process, as I had nothing in mind before beginning.

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This is the fabric I chose for the backing.

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It seems to complement most colours used on the front, and has a calming effect over all. I used the backing to bind it all in one piece. I like how it matches one of the stripes exactly! Happy coincidence!

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I finished this off on holidays, away from my rulers, rotary cutter, and sewing machine. I think I did alright squaring it up by eye!

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It was my very first finished quilt. I enjoyed the hand quilting! Just diagonal lines in perle cotton. I like to live on the edge when I craft – no pins, no markings! In the whole quilt! Laura didn’t have fancy rulers either, in her little house on the prairie, and they managed just fine!

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I’m keen to go on with my other quilty projects now!!

wip: french market medallion quilt

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How yummy are these fabrics??

I bought them as a kit from the cottage quilt works. I love how all of the colours work so well together, and the way some pieces of fabric I might not have chosen on my own, seem so necessary to really make it sing.

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I knew I loved the fabric, and the pattern included was “french market medallion“, which I thought was beautiful, but possibly beyond my skill level. (Having never completed a quilt before!) so I decided to start with the circles, and possibly just make a quilt out of that block, or if they were too hard to be enjoyable, to use the fabric for a more simple design of my own.

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But, lo and behold, I am really enjoying those circles! So much so that last weekend…

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… I had a go at the centre appliqué!! Yes! The whole quilt is going ahead. I feel very excited about it.

I will do a post on the sneaky cheat-y method of appliqué I used soon!