Thursday, October 28, 2021

Paper Chain

After the ultra-colorful and bright Glass Candies, I wanted to pick a quilt top with more subdued colors for my next finish. I decided on Paper Chain, which is a block-of-the-month quilt that I made last year.

The fabric collection I chose is Breeze by Zen Chic, and the layout is from the Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. This quilt really gives me a Japanese vibe!

I have never done free-motion quilting on a sampler quilt before, so this was a bit of a new experience. But at the end of the day, it's not that different from non-sampler quilts, except I have a few more blocks to design.

I tend to not quilt very heavily on foreground fabrics, so I came up with a different design for each block mostly by employing straight lines, curvy lines, and an occasional plume feather. But this was the easy part.

The background was more challenging since there was so much negative space. I decided to try a design that was totally new to me: Angela Walters's paisley feathers. It's an intricate looking design that is actually easier than regular feathers, but incredibly exhausting to do. I had to take my time on this so that I didn't get injured.

I had a lot of fun coming up with a design for each block, and though the background was challenging, I'm very satisfied with the final results.


  1. Beautiful! Love the quilting, so nice.

  2. I really like how this sampler incorporated more negative space. I agree that Angela Walters' paisley feathers are fun but a bit labor intensive to do. Beautiful work as always!

  3. Those fabrics are so pretty together, and your quilting really sings with them! Another pretty quilt, Liz!

  4. Beautiful work, Liz! I love the fabric choices, the colours are so lovely.

  5. Wow, such beautiful paisley feathers, Liz!!! I like the bubble thrown in every here and there amidst the feathers, too. What thread are you using? Very unusual blocks, too. Just beautiful.

  6. Love your creativity. Did you ever quilt the beautiful graffiti drawings that you did?


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