Sunday, 19 January 2014

Hand Pieced Quilt

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Today I thought I would share with you the story of my hand pieced quilt, well it is semi-hand pieced!  I pulled it out yesterday determined that it would get finished, but the borders are defying me.

I started it about 5 years ago.  I wanted a challenge - this was pre-blogging days and I was sadly lacking n inspiration and challenges, so I booked into a course with Karen Cunningham.  You can see her blog here.  Karen teaches  hand pieced quilts with loads of applique.  Now I love applique, and had not done much for a while so decided this would challenge me.

It was definitely a challenge!  I chose a design she calls "English Autumn", with hand pieced stars in the centre medallion and a large appliqued border.  But I soon realised that her original design was queen sized and I had buckleys of ever getting that finished.  So I modified the design to make it much smaller, and it should finish up at single bed size.  That of course meant I had to change the design of the borders to fit.......  You know where I am going with this don't you.

So here is my version, before the applique border:

I found a gorgeous border print to go around the centre medallion.  Here is where I cheated - I have sewed all the borders on by machine.   
And a close up of the stars:

And here is the applique border on, with another round of the border print around it.

The top half...

And the bottom half....

Now this is where I have come to grief. With the border print added, the quilt width and length is a stupid size because the print is not a neat 2" or 3" in width.  So I thought I would add another round of the green fabric to make it up to the size I need for the next border which is already pieced. 
I have hand pieced a bunch of stars echoing the medallion centre, and have put them onto scrappy soft beige/coffee 6.5" in height and 7" wide sorta squares with the intention of cutting these to the right width, once I work out how wide they need to be.  There are enough of those to go right around the quilt.  I want the border to be 6" wide finished.
And four hexie flowers to go in the corners.
But do you think I can work out the length of the dratted borders once they are pieced, and therefore the width of the green I need?  I have been tearing my hair out trying to work that one out.  Oh for a little gremlin to wander into the door and just tell me what to do!!
Is it my eyes or are the photos terrible??
Planning to link this up with Show Off Saturday.  Do go and take a look at what the other quilters have done this week
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.

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