In September 2018, I started my second large-scale English paper-pieced (EPP) quilt project. After a few stops and starts, I settled on this design: bright pops of primary colors surrounded by predominantly black and white low-volume fabrics. Check out #myrthsbluehexies to see pics of my first epp quilt, or read this blog post. It is worth noting that my first EPP quilt was gifted to my mother for a significant birthday, and ever since that I wanted a quilt like it for my own. So this EPP quilt followed a similar pattern and was finished with similar materials.
Similar to my first EPP quilt, I used 2 1/2" hexagon pieces from Paper Pieces. I am not a fussy (sewing) person, so to me the bigger the hexie, the better because bigger = less piecing overall. For fun, this time I pulled all of the papers out of the back of my quilt at the same time (soooo satisfying) and I had to snap the picture above.
Again - similar to my first EPP quilt, I wanted to back this quilt with a "lawn" fabric - and who makes the most fabulous lawn fabrics? Liberty of London! Yes it cost a small fortune, but this just might be my last hand-sewn quilt, and it was worth it to choose a fun multi-color print that is soft as butter to back this quilt. I went with their "Emma & Georgina" fabric and got it from DuckaDilly here in the US.
I used Hobbs Tuscany wool batting in this quilt - and again it delivered a lofty soft quilt. I quilted it on my home machine with wavy lines going through the center of each hexagon in quasi-lines. For me the wool batting is so puffy that it lends itself to the wavy lines more than straight lines.
I bound the quilt with an Allison Glass text print and I love how it's a slightly denser print than the other low-volume prints in the background of the quilt. It draws a visual line around the edge of the quilt that is noticeable, but not over-bearing.
This quilt has 333 hexagon pieces that make up the quilt top, and it finishes at 65.5" x 74".
Of those 333, 48 are primary colors, and 285 are low-volume background fabrics.
There are 33 whole "flower" blocks, and the rest are partial flower blocks, or just low-volume hexies filling in the edges. Thanks for reading along!
Below are a few more pictures for your visual enjoyment.