paper piecing

Feathered Star wallhanging

This has been finished since 22nd of February when I first tried to photograph it for blogging purposes. It was windy, this was probably the best of the bunch:


I had another go today but it is very windy:



Still I think you get the idea!

This was made from a Judy Niemeyer pattern called (funnily enough) Feathered Star. I left out the border as I thought it looked a bit more contemporary without.

This was my first foray into paper piecing, and whilst I like the accuracy and nice pointy points I am not so keen on the resulting multiple seam lines, I find them visually distracting. Also ripping out the papers seemed to take an inordinately long time, and was quite messy.

The fabrics I used were mainly basics and blenders from Makower, Andover and Bernatex purchased locally at the Cheap Shop in Tiptree.  The background is a mystery shot cotton made up of red and royal blue threads which has a lovely depth of colour in person.

When I finished the top (back in June!) I wasn't sure what to do with it next.


How should I quilt it? Should I quilt it? So it sat around for a while (ahem, 5 months) before I decided to take it to Janette for some custom quilting. I had the beige and cream areas quite densely quilted with a flame-like pattern to divert the eye from the multiple seam lines in these areas.  All the points were echo quilted with either straight lines or gentle curves.

You can perhaps get a better idea of the quilting from this rear view:

SAM_2200Please excuse the disaster area that is my garden!

The quilt measures 60" square and is destined for the living room wall.

This is one of my FAL finishes for quarter one, hooray!