Here’s some photos of the growth of the Moncarapacho quilt that I’ve been hand piecing. First, a photo of what I last posted:
Here’s what it looks like after adding two more rounds:
It’s a slow process, but I really enjoy hand stitching and choosing the colors to use for each star. It currently measures 40″ diameter. How large will it be? I don’t know, yet, we’ll see after the next round!
I have begun working on a paper pieced pattern called Moncarapacho designed by Willyne Hammerstein and published in her book Millefiori Quilts 3. It’s a beautiful star design composed of diamond shaped pieces. Each piece is cut from fabric and basted to the paper, then whip stitched together to form the stars. I purchased the paper pieces from PaperPieces, a store in Paducah, KY that caters to quilters who love the technique, (see photo below). I’m using reproduction fabrics and fussy cutting to center the designs inside the diamond shaped pieces. It’s a very slow process, but addicting as you begin to see the quilt grow when you add each new star block. It’s also one of those projects that’s easy to take with you while waiting for appointments. The great thing about the paper pieces is that you get a perfect point on all sides. This gives you great accuracy and allows the star blocks to easily fit together. If you are going to all the trouble of stitching a complex design like this, it’s nice to see the blocks behave themselves and fit perfectly! I have a long way to go on this quilt, but am thoroughly enjoying the process.