Thursday, 2 July 2015

English Paper Pieced Star Quilt - A Work In Progress


If you hadn't already realised, I struggle to stick to one project at a time!

I am currently taking a break from my Farmer's Wife English Paper Pieced Quilt and started a 2 inch 8 point star quilt too.

Those of you that follow me on facebook will have seen the above image before - this is my happy spot where I sit of an evening and sew.  That basket - it holds all the goodies!

I thought I'd share how I work, I have pieces at all stages as I tend to get bored easily and this way it keeps it interesting

I have some paper pieces and fabric cut ready for basting 

I've used all fabrics that I  already had stashed away and haven't purchased any specifically for this project (yet).

As I baste the diamonds and hexagons I throw them in the paper bag to keep them together and use it as a lucky dip once I start sewing them together

Next I started sewing scrappy half stars - 3 diamonds.
When I sew these together, to keep it scrappy I go with whatever comes out of the bag, but of course there are some exceptions!  I don't allow the same fabrics in a star and try to avoid similar coloured fabrics, ie two bright yellow's in a star.

When these started adding up I started pairing the half stars and full stars were born.

Then I start joining hexagons and creating a finished 'slab' or section of the quilt - these will fit together even if I turn them around to disperse the colours

I tend to work in this fashion with a quilt in many stages.  The sections that I create will join together, this allows me to feel like I am making progress and ensure that fabrics are dispersed fairly evenly.

Thank you for popping by,


  1. I'm not one to work on one project at a time either. Thanks for sharing your process and progress.

  2. Great post. Thank you Vickie.