It's funny that with all the hand work I do (EPP, needleturn applique etc) I have never really learnt how to hand piece, always choosing to piece on the sewing machine or by EPP. Meredithe from Pomegranate and Chintz has been encouraging me to give it a try, but I had never got around to it!! When my friend Deb (72 Derwents) was interested in doing a class with Judy Newman (a Very Fine House) to create her amazing Museum Medallion quilt hand piecing it together I jumped at the chance to learn this skill.
So Friday saw us trundling over to Treehouse Textiles (which was a fabulous place to sit and stitch all day with the rain falling outside and us all snug and warm inside!!). I took a truckload of fabrics with me so I had plenty of choice and got working on the centre star.
The outer petals are yet to be sewn on, and then this entire centre will be sewn to the text background. Honestly I do not know why I put hand piecing off for so long, I am now totally hooked (as I get with most elements of quilting, heehee!), and can see me using this method a lot in future (thanks for the encouragement Meredithe, I got there in the end!!) Yes it is slower and more time consuming, but somehow, that is the relaxing part of it, the therapy of stitching perhaps?!!
It was a fabulous day at the Treehouse, Emma and Sarah are the most wonderful hosts, always making sure we have enough coffee or tea and the food is incredible as always. It was great to 'hang out' with Judy too, she is a fantastic teacher and nothing was ever a bother for her. I have a long way to go to get my quilt finished...here is a pic of Emma, Judy and I with Judy's beautiful Museum Medallion Quilt...
It was also wonderful to meet a fellow blogger Susan (Patchwork and Play). One of the things I have most loved about my blog is that I meet such wonderful 'virtual' people, and sometimes I even get to meet them in 'real life'!!! I felt as though I already knew Susan, and it was so lovely to spend the day stitching with her.
So here is the back of my star, mmm my stitches will need to get a little smaller I think, but on the whole I'm happy.
My next shapes are chosen, cut out and ready to stitch, which I love to do at night with a favourite dvd running in the background.
So now I can also get a start on this hand pieced quilt of gorgeousness...
Do you have a favourite hand pieced project?