Monday, 25 January 2016

Slowly, slowly

The first fabric designer I fell head over heels in love with when I started quilting was (like many, many other people) Anna Maria Horner. So I've been gradually building a pretty healthy AMH stash over the last four years or so. I have made a few quilts using Anna Maria's fabrics, but they generally just get gazed at. A lot. Ahem. 

So when Frangipani Fabrics decided to start stocking the paper pieces for Katja Marek's Millefiore quilt along quilt (based on blocks from her wonderful book, The New Hexagon) I decided it was time to take a few deep breaths and make this quilt with my favorite fabrics. Best decision I have ever made - I have never, ever enjoyed putting fabrics together as much as I am in this quilt.


I think one of the things that appealed about AMH fabrics for this quilt (aside from her genius ability with colour) was their fussy cutting perfection. So I've gone a little bit nuts with the fussy cutting; there is a real satisfaction in getting prints to create kaleidoscope effects and I find it is much easier to do it with English paper piecing than machine piecing.


It is such a joy to see these rosettes grow, and see what's going to happen next. No planning ahead, just choosing each round of fabrics as I get to it.


So although it's absorbing most of my nights and it's really not going anywhere fast, it is my happy place at the moment. I kind of wish I could just curate the fabrics and magically have it sewn together - but at the same time I'm genuinely loving the slow pace at which this quilt is coming together.


Have a great week!

xx Jess




14 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It's looks incredible Jess!

Leanne said...

This is so pretty!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Beautiful!

Charlotte said...

wowser!!!!

wobblybobbin said...

Your fussy-cutting is spot on!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

It is looking beautiful!

Liz said...

It's coming together so nicely! You can really see how all that effort is paying off, it's a great kaleidoscope effect!

Peaches1003 said...

It is going to be amazing when it is done!

Lisa J. said...

Great use of Anna Maria Horner fabrics!

Shanley said...

You are nuts. Also it will be amazing.

Peta - SheQuiltsAlot said...

Every time I see another EPP project I think I really should try that again but then.... I figure when Jess is making such amazing stuff I'll leave it to the experts and sit back and admire all the EPP goodness from here :)

FVITH said...

It looks amazing!

Jessica said...

Someday I'll get to something like this. Hopefully when that day comes I'll have half the talent some quilters seem born with (i.e. you) lol!

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