Sunday, December 13, 2015

Smitten Quilt - My English Paper Piecing Adventure - The final chapter!

I can't believe I have stitched the final hand quilted stitches into my Smitten Quilt.  This quilting adventure has take me most of the year but I have never more enjoyed hand stitching and hand quilting.  

When I first started this quilt - fussy cutting was not on my agenda.  I had only bought Fat 16ths of my fabrics so this mostly wasn't possible with that size of material.  However as the year went on and I got my hands on some larger pieces of fabric just perfect for fussy cutting I could not resit adding in a few here and there.

I have always loved Hand quilting and as I went along English Paper Piecing the top I knew that I wanted to hand quilt this as wee.  I tried to make the hand quilting quite random, some hexagons are quilted around all sides and some not at all.  

For Hand quilting I used Aurifil 12 wt threads in a variety of colours.  Mostly matching fabrics and coloured threads as I went.  These have a beautiful sheen to them and the perfect thickness for hand quilting.  I also used Tulip Embroidery Needles - Sharps.  These have the perfect flex and size to the needle for such a big task.

I came across this "April Showers" fabric by Lewis and Irene earlier this year and purchased enough for the backing.  As soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for this Smitten.  I then placed a few fussy cuts of this sweet girl into the front to tie them both together.

I am definitely Smitten with this quilt and I hope you have loved reading about my adventure along the way.

Happy Sewing 
Jemima x 


  1. Jemima this quilt is a gem! Your choice of fabrics, backing and hand quilting all tie it together beautifully. I like that you have enjoyed the process too, I believe this is so important, especially on a project which takes a long time to complete.

  2. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing your experience making this quilt. I want to make one next year and your thoughts are very helpful. I'll only be doing a little bit of fussy cutting so it's nice to see what you've done. Great binding to tie it all together too.

  3. It is wonderful! Love all your fabric choices and overall look of the quilt. Really fantastic.

  4. I just love your Smitten quilt! What a gem! I first saw your progress on the Jen Kingwell FB page. I love the April Showers fabric. I wish I could find a store in the USA that sold it. Your quilt has inspired me. I had the privilege of taking a class from Jen Kingewll and seeing the original Smitten quilt. What a treat! We are so blessed to get to connect with so many wonderful quilters and see their quilts. I am thankful for the internet to keep us connected across the globe. Happy Quilting, Lona


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