Thursday, June 4, 2015

Smitten Quilt - My English Paper Piecing Adventure

Back in March this year I travelled to Melbourne for a girls weekend!  I went a few days earlier than my girlfriends to check out all my favourite Quilting and Sewing stores before they arrived.  I went armed with this pattern - Smitten by Lucy Carson Kingwell to Amitie Textiles as I knew that I wanted to pick fabrics to make this quilt.  About 3 hours later - I emerged with this pick of fabrics from this amazing treasure of a store.

I have sat hesitantly on this project for a while before starting.  I simply could not decide if I was going to Machine Sew this Quilt or if I wanted to sew it by hand using English Paper Piecing (EPP).  There are so many projects that I want to make that I thought well - Machine sewing it would be quicker but in the end I decided that taking the time to Hand sew this quilt would be well spent.  And After the first few stitches.  I knew I had made the right choice. 

With using English Paper Piecing to create this quilt - I set about finding matching Papers.  I had quite a few of the matching sized papers from my Sue Daley Paper Precuts (Sue Daley is about to release a Smitten Kit and I will keep you updated with when it is available here in Aus).  I found the others I needed at Paper Pieces who have a whole kit of papers for the Quilt.

To hand sew these shapes together I am using Auriful Thread in #4060 and #2024.  Clover - Black Gold Appliqué 9 Needles, a Sue Daley Glue Pen and some Clover Binding Clips to help keep the blocks together as I sew them.

I am fast becoming addicted to these blocks and I am just loving sewing these together.

I will keep you updated with more blocks as I go.

Jemima x 


  1. I love this version. It's so totally not a colour palette or fabrics that I would normally be drawn to (I always feel to heavy handed to make nice soft colours and prints work) but I am in severe love with this. I can't wait to see it all come together.

    1. Thanks so much Angie - I also can't wait to see yours as you continue. Your fussy cutting is awesome.

  2. Oh my!! I love the prettiness of this - I've seen a couple of Smitten quilts made in pretty colours and florals. They look gorgeous. I'm thinking of making Smitten my big quilt for 2016, and handpiecing it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I really like your style. Love they way you use colour and design as well. Making wonderful pieces that will fit together eventually and make a quilt. I've decided to follow you today because you have greatly inspired me. Thank you for share Jemima.


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