Starry night

Starry night

After two years, I’ve finished my Ice Cream Soda quilt! It was a deliberately slow project, and I’ve enjoyed having some portable stitching to take out with me. I just had to pack supplies for a blossom or two in a bag.

The colours were inspired by a Kaffe Fassett fabric – you can see more about the fabric pull here. The background has tiny, uneven dots, which made me think of the night sky.

This is the most quilting I’ve ever done on a quilt, and I’m so pleased with the effect. I stitched through each of the points of the centre stars, in straight lines across the quilt.

The background is an interesting fabric which I bought in a destash and dyed pewter – it was white. It’s cotton with metallic threads running through it, which give a lovely crumpled texture – and a bit of sparkle too.

5 favourite paper piecing tips

5 favourite paper piecing tips

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Four months into the Ice Cream Soda quilt along (progress pictured above) and I’ve picked up quite a few English Paper Piecing tips.  Here are five of my favourites –
1. Clover Black Gold Needles
Until a few months ago, I thought hand sewing needles were much the same.  Oh no!  These needles glide through the fabric.  But they do have a tiny eye, so my next tip is …
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2. Clover needle threader
I’ve been using this one for months and it is so fine and the design helps to keep it in one piece.
3. Aurifil thread
Beautiful colours, fine and strong.  I use 40 or 50 weight for piecing, and the heavier weights are wonderful for applique and embroidery.  The higher the number, the finer the thread.  I got a little bit obsessed with the Aurifil and bought rather a lot.  Have stopped now!
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4. Templates
My dear friend Kathryn gave me a set of perspex templates for the Ice Cream Soda quilt and I am a complete convert.  They make it easy to cut several pieces at once, and fussy cutting is much easier.
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5. Sewline glue
Some quilters baste, some prefer to glue their fabric to the paper pieces.  I’m a huge fan of glue – it means I can get to the fun bit (sewing the pieces together) more quickly. Refills can be expensive and the cost of postage means the price varies widely on the interwebs.  If I can’t buy them locally, I check the price when I’m buying fabric online, and include them in my order if it’s a good deal.
If you’d like to keep up with my quilty progress, I’m dottie_doodle on Instagram.
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