Caught in a dilemma of being a perfectionist about some things and having a “let it go” attitude about others, I had a hard time falling in love with English paper piecing (known as EPP). I love its portability and the clean sharp points but struggled with visible seams between the individual pieces. When Karen of the DIY Addict asked if I was interested in making a Mischief Quilt, I hesitated and admitted my concern. Karen patiently gave me a chance to try it out and to take my time! And boy did I!
I wanted to find the “perfect” fabric. At first, I was going to make it scrappy but I felt there needed to be a strong cohesive design connection with each of the pieces and scrappy wasn’t going to work. Enter Alison Glass‘ Chroma fabric line. The saturated colors are gorgeous and work so well together plus their designs create interesting looks when cut into smaller pieces.
As I was preparing to make my Mischief Quilt, I discovered Karen’s video on flat back stitch. (She also has an entire video series dedicated to the Mischief Quilt.) The flat back stitch resolved my perfectionist need for invisible seams and freed me to play. This project followed me to the Colorado River on vacation, many movies and late night sessions.
I did “audition” background choices but opted for the white.
After finishing the piece, I needed to decide what to do with the edges. I choose to applique the quilt down to the background Alison Glass fabric, hoping it would make the stars “pop”.
Since the entire piece was hand sewn/pieced, I decided to “lightly” hand quilt it. It seems appropriate to have a completely hand sewn piece. The Anna Maria Horner fabrics was perfect for the binding and the backing.
Surprisingly, I have fallen in love with EPP and am looking for another project. Any suggestions? 🙂