Saturday, 12 August 2017

Brenda's Bounty - a work in progress

WIP...sounds so much better than UFO don't you think?

Brenda's Bounty started in January - 7 1/2 " finished blocks

My favourite antique quilt in Linda Collins' Quiltmania book

I have to admit my method is a bit different from the template piecing method in the book - just adapted to my peculiar skills (ie the difficulty I always seem to have with accurate piecing!) and the methods I enjoy. 
A little bit of fussy cutting if the fabric inspired


and here are the pieces prepared to hand stitch the block above
My method involved making my own EPP papers - using thin card and shapes from the book templates. 
For the small triangles I stitch basted the fabric over the card and later popped out the card to reuse for the next block. 
For the the handle rectangles, I first needle turn appliqued the handle onto a background rectangle (using back basting preparation method). Then I used a glue stick and iron to glue baste the rectangle over card ready to EPP this piece. 
The two large triangles were also glue basted over card. I usually prefer to avoid glue, but with large shapes the fabric stays a lot more stable than when stitch basted - because it is held all around the shape edges and not just in the corners. Hope that makes some sense? 

So ...all these pieces become...another basket block
Once the block was all stitched together by the EPP method, I removed the papers and unpicked the basting just around the edge pieces, pressed flat and trimmed to 8" square.
 
The design wall was important to check for balance in value and colour

The baskets are done and now I'm moving on the edge blocks - just simple EPP of little triangles. 

Not much looking forward to putting it all together with the sashing pieces ...Y seams ahead!  I'll put the sewing machine to work for that bit...and try to keep the brain in gear! 

The garden is starting to show signs of Spring cheer so I brought some inside.

32 comments:

  1. Oh, my, what a lovely (and unique) pattern! How large will this quilt be?

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  2. Wow! I love how you choose fabrics. I'm trying to achieve an antique look (with a quilt!) at the moment & your blog is great inspiration for that. Thank you for detailing your method too - I hope putting it together goes smoothly.

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  3. I really like this pattern in Linda's book too I hadn't thought to do it with EPP, I hadn't looked at the book for awhile so do not remember did she do this one with EPP or is that your idea? I know some that are addicted to EPP do all quilts this way

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  4. Beautiful fabric choices and fussy cutting. Thank you for sharing your process.

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  5. Love it! I like the basket with the squirrel. You have used some marvelous fabrics in making the basket blocks.

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  6. First time I see this basket. It's so lovely. I can't believe you are piecing the entire basket by hand and have all the blocks already made. Amazing! You are amazing! This quilt is another Masterpiece in the making. Enjoy the Spring cheers! ;^)

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  7. What a lovely basket pattern and your fabric choices are perfect--as always! Loved reading about your EPP method for making the blocks. Daffodils make me smile. Yours are beautiful :)

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  8. What a beautiful quilt you are making!

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  9. I always enjoy hearing your take on a pattern. Your blocks are beautiful.

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  10. Very pretty daffodils and your blocks are lovely !

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  11. I made this quilt before Brenda sold it Linda. This quilt can be put together without Y seams. I used partial seaming and it went together beautifully. I did not like the way Quiltmania wrote the instructions-too hard. Yours will be gorgeous. I made mine like the original.

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  12. It is beautiful again! I love your work a lot!

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  13. Your quilt will be beautiful. Glad you found an easier way for younto assemble the blocks. Quiltmania's instructions are always so hard. I will use the instructions from the original pattern by Sarah Francis.

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  14. Another stunning quilt! I like your method. I've been trying to resist adding this book to my collection, but I can see it is futile--lol!

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  15. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the fussy cutting.

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  16. My heavens--what a gorgeous quilt--and I LOVE your EPP-ing (is that a word? Well, it should be lol) instead of fidgeting with matching those points--my bugaboo, too...
    Your fabric choices are simply perfect...beautiful work hugs, Julierose

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  17. Wow. The name of your blog is so fitting, Hilda - Every Stitch. It speaks to the minute details so painstakingly (and lovingly) executed in the making of your magnificent quilts. This will be another masterpiece, the whole far exceeding the sum of its parts.

    Reading your blog, observing and studying your process, has a calming effect on me, and inspires me to slow down, take a deep breath, remember what it is I'm trying to acheive, and to take the time to make it right. I thank you so much for sharing.

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  18. It's a rather elegant looking basket. I love the colors and fabrics you have chosen.

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  19. Again, you inspire me! Such a lovely quilt block and such soft, beautiful colors. I particularly like it because it is not a cross, but more organic. Beautiful!

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  20. My Goodness!! Where to begin? Your fabrics are so lovely and really shown up wekll with your fussy cutting. Just love the alternate plan/solution of the EPP - genius! You could avoid the Y seams (who needs that challenge!!) when you piece your blocks by working in diagonal rows. Looking forward to seeing your bautiful finished top!

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  21. What a beautiful basket block. I've never seen it before and admire the handles and the setting. So different. Thanks for sharing your piecing details.

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  22. I love your method. I was always thinking that small triangles will make it too difficult for me to be accurate, but with epp - easy, why not?! Thank you. Your quilt is as always inspiring.

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  23. Your quilting is amazing and the quilt is a masterpiece. you can be so proud after such a delicate work.Congratulations already
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  24. I love these baskets! This is an exciting WIP :0) Its so interesting to read your process remarks. Its going to be a beauty!

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  25. Beautiful blocks! Those fussy cuts are such a sweet surprise. I really enjoy observing your process when you piece your quilts.

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  26. Another breathtaking beauty Hilda! I adore these blocks. And, I think the EPP gives the block a softer look. Just beautiful!

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  27. I adore these baskets! Your color choices are so gentle and soft. Always an inspiration to come look at your projects!

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  28. I love this project! It is one of my fav quilts in Linda's book, before I saw this in her book I had never seen baskets like these before. Such an interesting technique you use, it looks very precise. Beautiful fabric choices!

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  29. Lovely blocks! Your method has obviously worked well for you. Looking forward to seeing the lattice!

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  30. So beautiful! Your ideas and quilts are an inspiration for me!

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