Friday, January 18, 2019

An All Stars Assembly

I really enjoy the slow pace and different flow of English Paper Piecing projects, but if I thought Supernova was time-consuming, it was nothing compared to All Stars. I started actively working on this quilt top in June of last year, and I think no less than 200 hours went into it.

The most challenging part of this quilt is actually the fabric selection, which I did back in May. I resisted the urge to go with a kit (which is crazy expensive anyway), and instead painstakingly picked out my own fabrics (but still all Tula Pink), and allowing the rainbow of colors to wash from the top to the bottom. It took a great deal of planning and a great deal of fussy cutting, because I really wanted the colors in a bloom to relate to each other. I'm really pleased with the final look, even though in another medium I would have deemed this far too insane. But ... somehow I like it as a quilt.

This is by far the largest English Paper Piecing project I've ever worked on, and even though making the individual blooms was fun, assembling at the end was pretty tedious.

Part of the reason the final assembly was so tedious was because I don't like to take the paper pieces out until after the whole thing is assembled. I like how much structure and sturdiness the card stock gives it, and I like to keep that for as long as possible. I have this fear that the quilt would otherwise wrinkle and distort while I'm assembling it, or worse, that I step on it and rip it.

But it's finally done, and now it's ready for quilting ... hopefully sometime this year.

11 comments:

  1. Kathy R.
    The quilt is beautiful. When you get to quilting it, I'm sure it will only add to the beauty.

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  2. Those colors are sooo rich and luscious. Worth every hour. Have you decided how you're going to quilt it?

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  3. Wow, all the detail in that fussy cutting, Liz! I cannot wait to see the quilting you do, and the whole quilt! I haven't tackled an EPP project (yet); I can imagine this took all of those 200 hours! Beautiful!

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  4. All that fussy cutting is gorgeous - and totally worth it. Congratulations on being done - I have one that is languishing and it will never be a large one unless there is some wild vortex in my sewing room that sends me into handpiecing nirvana. Look forward ot seeing how you choose to quilt it!

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  5. This looks like you took meticulous piecing and planning to a beautiful conclusion! Congratulations on having your hard work turn into such a gorgeous quilt top and I hope you have a lot of fun quilting it. :)

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  6. What an amazing piece! I'm excited to see more of this quilt! Does it have borders? How are the edges finished? I love your fabric choices :)

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  7. Hi Liz! Oh you hold out you! We'll have to wait until it's quilted to get a good look at the whole piece. This is really nice, and every second of those 200 hours show in your beautiful handwork. This is definitely a heirloom piece; I hope you label it well to document this beauty. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  8. WOW! You always do such meticulous work and it turns out STUNNING!

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  9. Your fussy cutting is amazing, I love how the pieces combine into a new design.

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