Monday, February 7, 2011

Soul Blossom Star

Ok, I gave in! I'm supposed to be working on my ufo, but that gorgeous pile of Soul Blossoms kept calling me. Especially when I teamed them up with some of Kaffes stunning shot cottons. Putting them together using an older pattern of Kaffe Fassetts called Wheel of Fortune from his Caravan of Quilts book (pub. 2004), this is where I'm at so far....
I have made this quilt before but always wanted to make another one. Last time I used Kaffe fabrics mixed with some batiks and checks...
Instead of using the templates and cutting out the fabrics and machine sewing them together as the pattern instructs, I prefer to paper piece this one. Firstly cutting out the card templates...
then basting the fabric to the templates...
Working around the circle, I then add each colour in layers...
As my quilt grows, I then remove the papers from the earlier layers...
As anyone who has paper pieced a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt knows, stitching by hand over papers is actually very therapeutic! I promise I will get back to my ufo, but for now, I'm loving these bright, blossomy colours!

48 comments:

adnohr said...

this is really nice!

sharon said...

It's beautiful! Love the shot cottons mixed with Soul Blossoms!

Kirsty said...

What a gorgeous design and lovely fabrics as well, might have to add that to my to do list. How large are the peices could you use a jelly roll? Mind you I have banned myself from starting anything new this year :(

Jackie said...

I can see why you're loving this project. It's gorgeous!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

What a lovely alternative to hexagons alone for a hand-stitching project. Very nice.

How did you quilt your original?

Jackie said...

I loved your first version of this quilt and this one is going to be a stunner!! Love it so far!

Barb said...

just beautiful!!!

ms lottie said...

Beautiful! I don't blame you at all.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

AAAAAAhhh! So beautiful. This is going to be wonderful. Thanks for the Monday morning color therapy.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

So gorgeous! I love the Kaffe quilt, but the Soul Blossoms may be even prettier.

Anna said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! and I was almost hooked until I saw the paper! I am afraid of paper! lol

One Flew Over said...

So beautiful! xx

Shelley said...

Gorgeous colors! That one is going to be a stunner :)

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

wowza! this one will be a stunner! love that brown in there!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I love it Cathy! I love your other one too...so much. :) I spied some soul blossoms in my local store this weekend and resisted. I think I want the whole collection so I'm waiting to buy a bundle. :) Unfortunately there are 2 other collections I want the whole bunch of, so...time to save! I can't stand saving money! ;D

wishes, true and kind said...

Using those fabrics for Wheel of Fortune is a stroke of genius -- which we have come to expect from you. Breathtakingly gorgeous!

Francien said...

You make always such beautiful colored quilts Cathy...this one is going to be no exeption...its already so lovely and bright...awesome!!
greetings Francien.

Oops-Lah said...

It's gorgeous! I love paper piecing too, much prefer it to hand piecing. I might have to give this a try.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Ahh, now that makes a lot of sense! I spent last year's summer holiday paper piecing and I agree, it is very therapeutic. This is looking beautiful - and I love the solids you've mixed into it.

shez said...

Cathy what stunning fabric i love your colour choices well done looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.
cheers shez
http://shez-enjoyinglife.blogspot.com

LeKaQuilt said...

Love it! And you always make me happy ans smiling with the wounderful colours u use :o)
Thank you :o)

Brenda said...

Love your progress so far.

Miriam said...

No wonder you couldn't resist, Cathy! Beautiful fabrics. I agree hand stitching is very therapeutic.

Can't wait to watch this one grow! :)

Dee said...

Oh......wow!

alobsiger said...

Oh, Cathy, I really love this! I've long admired your first version of this quilt. This one's going to be gorgeous too! Hmmm, thinking, thinking... :-) Lovely!!

Caro said...

What a wonderful idea -- and the precision is so good that you've got to be satisfied with the results. Great job!

Teresa said...

That is so bright and cheerful...you are totally forgiven for jumping in on it...who in their right mind could possibly resist this! Good on you for providing such beautiful eye candy for those readers who might be anxious and worried about the state of things!

(I finished my All Around the Town top - come take a peek!!)


In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Crispy said...

WOW it's Beautiful!!!! I can see how those fabrics just lured you in :0)

Crispy

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness I love it. I have that book and love that quilt, especially in soul blossoms. Gorgeous!!

ranette said...

Glorious Cathy! Perfect quilt for perfect fabric!!!

Ann Champion said...

Such beautiful fabrics! Your idea of paper piecing was a good one. All of the points meet just perfectly.
A bit of hand sewing is so relaxing. It's your reward for working on the UFOs. :)
I look forward to seeing more!

Madcap said...

It's beautiful, but my mind is boggling at the thought of all those tiny little pieces! I'll definitely be looking for updates on this one!

Sherri said...

The colors are amazing. I'm a traditional fabric gal myself, but seeing you use these fabrics in a tratitional pattern is almost enough to convert me! Beautiful is all I can say.

sheddy said...

Love your idea of paper peicing this quilt. It's been on my to do list for a long time. Now I think I'll give it a go. How big is the square?

mieke said...

This will be another gorgeous quilt Cathy! I love the pattern, but I think I would prefer to do it with templates and piecing by machine...you can do the job with the fabulous MartiMichell perfect patchwork templates.
Anyway, I agree that it's nice to have a "handpiecing" project on hand, to pass the long winter evenings ( I am in wintery Belgium remember..) Love,M

Claudia said...

Gorgeous!

Nifty Quilts said...

Both versions of this quilt just take my breath away! I think you've found a much more enjoyable way to make this pattern. I also have to put down my UFO's when the inspiration strikes. That's why we have so many of them. Right?

imquilternity said...

It's lookin' great!! Can't wait to see this one come together!

happy zombie said...

Beautiful!!!!!

Deb said...

Fabulous colours - if it makes you happy go for it! After all - if you put it down now it will (technically) be a UFO.

Sonja♥ said...

I use these CLOVER plastic patterns which are very easy and confortable to use!
http://www.lacouseriecreative.com/art,4181,gabarits-hexagones-en-plastique-de-clover.htm#
I'm sure you can find or order them if you want to replace your paper patterns:)
Good luck it looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!

Kathie said...

oh drooling here...just beautiful, love, love, love your fabric choices for this one!
Kathie

Kelly said...

Looking good Cathy!! I love paper piecing too, very relaxing!

ms lottie said...

Cathy, I left a picture of my diamond and square layout on my blog for you.

greeneggs said...

ZOMG this is so beautiful. Not only is it perfect, but the colours are so beautiful, they are edible. Nomnomnom!Brilliant.

Melinda said...

I just paper pieced hexagons for the first time and made a potholder. I LOVED the process of making the shapes, but stringing them all together got a little old. I ended up with a potholder. But eventually there is a quilt I want to see happen.

cartulinas said...

Oh! Love yor new version, please keep us updated on it!
This quilt is in my todo list! I love it! And paperpiecing it seams a great idea.... Now to look for the purrrrrfect fabrics!

Editfolt said...

I will try this. I like it very much. My cousin lives in Perth.