English Piecing- 1980’s my first look


Back in the 1980’s I was at my local library and trying o find any books about quilting.  They were few and far between.  I did check out one that had quilts over the past centuries and found the quilt that was to start a passion, obsession that is still going on.

On page 76 of whatever the quilt book was appeared this quilt.

My first look at Tumbling Blocks and Stars

I have no idea what the title of the book is and have not been able to find it since.  I photocopied the picture, at the library (nobody had a personal copier at that time) and the internet wasn’t even around.  I carried that picture around for many, many years.  It was in black and white but I can see that quilt to this day.

The quilt maker used silk and velvet and the most gorgeous jewel tones.  I thought about that quilt and how I would go about doing it.  I’m a good seamstress and y seams don’t really bother me, but I just wasn’t ready to tackle the project.  So again, I carried that quilt picture with me, in my heart and on paper.  It survived a big move to another state, raising 3 boys and still not started.

Until, I came to learn about English paper piecing.

I found many more quilts that I fell in love with and was determined to make it work and I did!  After many trials and in my opinion errors, I found my answer, MYLAR!  These precut templates are a dream.    They are precut, laser cut and totally accurate.  They won’t crinkle and crumble so the basting process leaves you with precise, crisp and perfect shapes.  And the best part, you can’t sew thru them, you just can’t so your needle glides across the top of the pieces you are sewing together.  The result, small stitches and accurate piecing, amazing!

So finally, my version of the quilt is made. IMG_1379

I’m still in love with handwork and am right now making a smaller version with a pattern.                                                                                                                                      Tumbling Blocks and Stars


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