Tuesday, May 19, 2020

All New--part 2

When Di Ford passed away recently, it reminded me of all the quilts I've been wanting to make from her first book Primarily Quilts. I have a small stash of her fabrics that I've been collecting to make Miss Porter's Quilt and since I was in the mood to do some machine piecing, off the rails I go again...
 
The central feathered star was a challenge--not perfect, but passable. I translated the hand piecing instructions and templates into rotary cutting and machine piecing  and finally got it to work out (after a lot of reverse sewing--lol!) The dog tooth border was supposed to be made with tiny individual English Paper Pieced triangles (3/4" high) . I used a strip of fabric and turned the edges as I appliqued it in place--much easier to my mind. 

The rest of the stars went together pretty quickly. There was a bit of a fabric crisis though.  I ran out of the older Jo Morton brown print I was using for the star background. I'm not averse to making do with another fabric but... I happened to notice a small piece of the JM fabric in a scrap bag I had recently dug out of a bin and had tossed onto my cutting table. It was right in the front of the bag! A miracle. Really! I had purchased the scrap bag many years ago from Country Threads. What are the chances that I happened to come across it just before I needed a bit more of that fabric for a future project? I'm still amazed at how that all worked out. 
I had quite a few Di Ford background prints but added a few favorites from my stash as well.

This was a first for me--broderie perse applique. 

Only four of the stars get the appliques. I was tempted to put broderie perse on all of them, but decided I should probably just follow the pattern.

Those four stars surround the central feathered star. 


So, this is where I am now--lots more dog tooth border to accomplish and then a pretty large applique border. It's going to have to wait for a bit while I get back to my May Goal quilt. Hopefully I can stay on the track the rest of the month and not go off the rails again!






21 comments:

  1. Wow! Your work so far is wonderful. This is really going to be lovely!
    Yay for that extra fabric you found :-)

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  2. Excellent, Karen! Your feathered star looks perfect to me, and what a brilliant solution to the dog-tooth border! I'll have to remember that one...

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  3. I don't remember that pattern in the book - I will need to look - I have the book but have not made any and I really did plan to!! Your work is lovely

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  4. Beautiful start. Love the fabrics and thank you for the link. Had no idea what broderie perse was.

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  5. I've collected quite a bit of Di's fabrics with many projects in mind. I should follow your lead and get busy and find a pattern I really want to do. It's fabulous when a "miracle" happens in the quilting studio. Love what you're creating.

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  6. What a glorious quilt! No wonder you want to make this one. Sometimes things don't happen by accident; sometimes someone got involved in the "accident". Yes, I believe. ;^)

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  7. This is such a lovely quilt! That is awesome about the fabric you needed in the scrap bag!! I would appliqué a dogtooth border before epp! Your broderie perse is beautiful- I’ve never tried it before either.

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  8. How lucky to find that piece of fabric just as you needed it. The quilt will be beautifull

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  9. I just love the fabrics you have in your stash. These last two projects of yours have just the right fabrics and colours together. Always a treat to visit!

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  10. Ohhh your top is fabulous !! I have done this quilt a few years ago ! It caught my eyes when I bought her beautiful book !!
    Not quilted yet...

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  11. It is going to be a beauty of a quilt! I have admired Di Ford's patterns, but have never tried one.
    Kudos for doing the broderie perse. Where you considered doing it on all the stars, I would have heavily leaned toward doing it on none of them. Just lazy me. :)
    If you get in another bind with that JM fabric, I have a little under 1/2 yard you are welcome to.

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  12. I'll take that star any day! Great job! The broderie purse is bring the blocks to life. Nice!

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  13. If this is what going off the rails looks like, then keep doing it;). It's fabulous. Genius way to applique the sawtooth border.

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  14. This quilt is perfection! The colors, the fabrics, the piecing, all of it. I really like the aqua/turquoise with the brown. And what a wonder -- a miracle, for sure! -- that the fabric you needed was on your cutting table. Congrats on a great finish!

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  15. SEW PRETTY! And great progress on it despite the difficulties.

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  16. I like the story about the Jo Morton fabric. How great it is that you found a piece so easily and right in your own stash.
    I pieced a feathered star block a couple weeks ago that was not a big success. I have not shown it on my blog yet. Years ago, I made a sampler feathered star block wall hanging. I think I did better at piecing in those days.

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