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Unfortunately, the quilts are finished.


rbytsdy

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Perhaps I'll have to make some more, as extras. :prop:

I've always hated how my bed-dressings stick out at the bed sides, so I decided to do something about that. I sewed in some soft wire that I had lying around. For the paper-pieced quilts, I stitched it into the backing before I sewed on the backing. I have read of folks using aluminum foil for this also, but I think it would have to be pretty stiff foil for the materials I'm using.

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Here I am picking out all the papers. English paper-piecing is a tedious way to go (especially with 3/8" squares), but I enjoy it and it really does keep the lines straight.

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The finished quilt: It keeps its shape nicely:

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And in place in the children's room:

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The crazy quilt was stitched onto its own backing, which I wanted to keep as-is because I think the stitching on the back-side is interesting. I sewed the wire into the perimeter, folding the extra over it.

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I am very pleased with how this turned out. It was fiddly, sewing the wire in, but worth the effort.

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I had thought about sewing on those little tassels all over (I think there's another name for them), but decided to leave well enough alone. Perhaps I will sew an extra quilt, and do it on that one.

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Your work is beautiful. Is there a resource you recommend, especially for the English paper piecing? I've never heard of it before.

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2 hours ago, Medieval said:

Your work is beautiful. Is there a resource you recommend, especially for the English paper piecing? I've never heard of it before.

Thank you! I don't recall which (many) specific online resources I looked at when I really got into EPP (I finished a La Passacaglia quilt top a few years back-- have yet to finish the quilting yet! :dunce:), but this is a pretty decent blog entry for starters. I really enjoy the "fussy-cutting" part, to highlight specific patterns in the cloth.

The La P:

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I used hexies for a mini quilt the other year: I think they were 1/4"-sided. That one was fun:

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Love that crazy quilt!  My tiny patchwork piecing came out all wonky -- maybe because it really wants to be a crazy quilt, but I wasn't listening. 

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8 hours ago, tranfl said:

Love that crazy quilt!  My tiny patchwork piecing came out all wonky -- maybe because it really wants to be a crazy quilt, but I wasn't listening. 

Thank you! The EPP method works really well for helping me keep straight lines. Would love to see some pics of your piecing!

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I'd have been embarrassed to show it.  Started taking it apart last night to try again.  Thank you for the suggestion on method.

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4 hours ago, Hobbitgirl64 said:

WOW! these are gorgeous! You don't sell your work do you?

Thank you! No, nobody would pay me for the amount of time I actually spend fiddling with them... :prop: With the ol' Day Job, I wouldn't have time anyway! But thank you just the same. They're not difficult to make, just rather tedious!

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