Paper-Pieced Quilts

I've been interested in paper piecing for quite some time, but I haven't done much of it. However, Carol Doak's methods make it very easy and, when she began an online group for paper piecers, I joined. So here is where I'll put any paper-pieced quilts I make.

On this page:

Spring Pansies
Conflagration
Home Sweet Home
Table Runner
Baravelle Spiral
Starry Starry Night
Spiked Desert Star
Starlight Baby Quilt
Spinning My Wheels
Family: Heart's Desire
The Three Pandas
Diamond Delight
Strolling at Lake Havasu


Spring Pansies

I was really in the mood for something spring-like, and I had this pattern hanging around.... ;) I do love pansies, so it seemed a good idea to go ahead and make this little miniature. It's only 15.75" x 9.75", and I paper-pieced it according to Carol Doak's easy method, machine quilting the petals of each flower and adding leaves to their stems. Then I did a small version of McTavish-style quilting in the background and a series of quilted pansies in the outer border. Flower buttons and beaded pansy centers were added after the quilting. There's also a narrow purple piping between the outer border and the binding. I finished this in April, 2006.







Conflagration

This is from a miniature pattern Carol Doak designed. I chose to do it in red, white and black, and it looked very "flame-like" to me when it was finished. I machine quilted it in a flame pattern with a variegated thread. It measures 12" x 12" and was finished in September, 2006. If you like this one, the pattern is on Carol Doak's web site.



Home Sweet Home

Carol Doak posted a row by row quilt (one row each month) for her online group. It was supposed to be lap-quilt size, but I wanted a smaller version. I redrafted all of the rows at half-size and made my version. The finished quilt measures 20.5" x 27.5"; I finished it in February, 2007. It's machine quilted, with each row having a different motif, and the borders have stars, hearts and flowers.


Here is a detail of part of the quilting:


Update: I entered this quilt into our local quilt show in February, 2008, and it won second prize in its category! Here it is with its ribbon:

Paper-pieced table runner

My mother-in-law loves blue and yellow almost as much as I do! :) She needed a  runner to use on her coffee table to accent a vase, so I made this one for her. 

The two end blocks are from a free pattern on Carol Doak's web site, and the center block is from her book Mariner's Compass Stars. The runner measures 17" x 48" and was completely machine pieced and machine quilted. I finished it in September, 2007, and gave it to my mother-in-law for Christmas.

Baravelle Spiral

This piece came from a book from a very good friend in the UK, Pat Storey; her book is called Geometrical Quilts. I loved this pattern at first glance, and it was natural for me to use it as the basis for a challenge quilt for the local guild. We had to use the two black and white prints you see, and we could also use as many other blacks and whites as we liked, as well as one other color. The quilt also had to be embellished, which was a true challenge for me, as I don't usually embellish mine.




The quilt was paper pieced (Pat's instructions were extremely clear!) and machine quilted and beaded. The original pattern added triangles to four corners to make the quilt square, but I decided to leave mine hexagonal. It measures 23.5" x 27.5" and was finished in April, 2008. Here are some details of the quilting:

     

Update: I was finally able to enter this quilt into our local show in 2011, and it won third place in its category! Here it is with its ribbon:








Starry Starry Night

Carol Doak sponsored a BOM for her online group, beginning in September, 2007, and ending the following August. I made all of the blocks at 3" square and then couldn't decide how to set them together. As I was trying to solve the problem, the 4000th member joined the group, and Carol designed another block to celebrate. That block became the center of the little quilt with the BOM blocks.


All of the blocks are in shades of purple and lavender with yellow as an accent and black as the background. The quilt measures 15 1/4" square and is machine pieced and machine quilted. I finished it in August, 2008.




Spiked Desert Star

I took a class from Deb Karasik at Quilt Camp in 2008, and we made her paper-pieced pattern called Arizona Sunrise. I didn't square off my corners, choosing to leave the quilt octagonal instead; for that I had to redesign the borders in EQ6.

Another machine quilting class from Sharon Schamber inspired the quilting on this piece, which measures about 45" x 45". I finished it in November, 2008, after several delays.


Here is a detail of the quilting in the large navy squares:



And here are some of the other quilted motifs:






Starlight Baby Quilt

Carol Doak published a mystery quilt for her online group in 2007; I made the top and set it aside. Then a baby was born to one of our nephews and his wife, so I decided to quilt this piece for their new little girl. The quilt measures about 30.5" square and was finished in March, 2009.


It's colorful enough that I think it will keep a baby's interest -- especially in the borders. I machine quilted sprays of feathers all over in pale pink, using a darker pink in the borders. Here's a detail of the quilting:


Spinning My Wheels

Our local guild has an annual challenge, and this year we were required to make something with two specific fabrics and then add beading. Beading isn't something I love to do, but what's a challenge without a bit of a stretch? At any rate, I found a paper-pieced log cabin variation online at Wilma Karel's site, though I resized the blocs to 3" square. The two required fabrics are the purple/green dot and the yellow/red dot. Since the pattern and fabrics are so busy, I quilted the blocks in the ditch and left well enough alone. <G> 

The quilt is 15" square, machine pieced and machine quilted. I finished it in August, 2009. Here's a detail showing the (rather meager) beading:



Family: Heart's Desire

This is another quilt that came to be as a result of our guild's challenge. We were to use an identifiable piece of a certain beautiful red batik (no problem there!), as well as a heart on the front of the quilt. The theme was to be heart's desire. I had an idea for my entry in July, 2011, though the challenge wasn't to be until January, 2012, so I went ahead and made it while my idea was fresh. I used a pattern from Carol Doak's 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks (block #126), resizing the blocks to 3". Then I transferred tiny photos of the faces of our family members to the center of eight of the nine hearts that would make up my quilt. The ninth heart has a plain center, on which I wrote Family in white. The sashing and cornerstones are 1/2" wide, and the borders are 1.5" wide, as are the corner blocks.




Here is a photo of the center block, though the camera flash has drowned out the quilting:


The quilting motifs, which I did by machine, are more easily seen from the back of the quilt.  I did tiny white hearts on each side of the heart points, with red loops in the heart "bumps", then added the feathers I like so much in the borders.


The quilt measures 14" x 14", and I finished it in July, 2011. Update: The challenge competition was in January, 2012, and my quilt placed second in the paper-pieced category! :)


The Three Pandas

Yet another small quilt that I made as part of the guild challenge. This time we had to base the project on a favorite fable or fairy tale. We also had to use two specific fabrics: a black/white print (predominantly white) and a transparent, glittery fabric. I was going to use Goldilocks and the Three Bears as my fairy tale, but I couldn't find bear fabric, so I used pandas instead, theorizing that Goldilocks may have gone on to wreak havoc during a trip to China. ;) The background was paper pieced, and the pandas were machine appliquéed with blanket stitch. I added two rows of corded piping on either side of the narrow red border in order to use the print required, and the "mama" panda is wearing a skirt from the other fabric.



This little piece measures 10.75" square, and I finished it in October, 2012.



Diamond Delight

This was a design begun during a quilters' cruise onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas in April-May, 2014. Carol Doak was one of the instructors for the cruise, and she designed the quilt, but I shrank the blocks from 6" to 2". It was, of course, paper pieced.


The quilting is mostly curved crosshatching, done by machine.



The quilt measures 16" x 16", and I finished it in May, 2014.

Strolling at Lake Havasu

When I saw this design offered as a class at the Lake Havasu, AZ, retreat, I knew I had to do it -- I so enjoy watching quail run around on the wall around our back garden! It's a paper-pieced pattern by Linda Hibbert. The quilt measures only 12.75" x 33", but I love the design.


I had a small silk batting I'd been wanting to try out, so I used it here, along with some silk thread for some of the background free-motion quilting, which I wanted to make rather unobtrusive. The saguaro cactus, though is done with Superior Magnifico thread to make it a little more obvious. The border curved motif was quilted with Isacord polyester for a bit of subtle sheen.

              




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