Moncarapacho

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.

 

Patriotic Quilt- “American Pie”

I recently finished a hexagon  quilt pieced by hand using the freezer paper method of preparing the  fabrics, (see the picture below).  This quilt had about 950 little hexagons (3/4″ on each side) which were fussy cut to capture  the fabric motifs and create a kaleidoscope effect for the blocks.  Don’t ask me how long it took to piece it,  all I know is that it took a long time!  The quilt had two layers of batting, cotton on the bottom and wool on the top.  This combination gave a really nice puffiness to the quilt which emphasized the quilting designs.  It was entered in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo quilt exhibit for 2018.