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!