“Some” time ago, (aka about 4 years ago), I bought an English Paper Piecing pattern from Quilting the Good Life at an AQS quilt show. My thinking was that it might be something I could do while watching TV. Because I have so much downtime, you know.
The pattern is called Morning Glory and you can see it here. I spend most of my time at the long arm, so needless to say, it went slowly. Initially I was just going to experiment with some scraps, but then I found a pink and beige diagonal plaid fabric that I really, really, really wanted to use for the binding. So I used my pink and beige scraps, and some yellows, too.
It took over 2 years to do the EPP and the applique, because I only worked on it when I was relaxing watching Hallmark movies – hence, the name of the quilt is Thank You Hallmark.
It’s a simple pattern and has a lovely repetition to it. Here’s a portion:
That wasn’t enough for me, so I added a vine on the border. Then I went all overboard on the quilting:
And the entire quilt looks like this:
My lovely friend, Amy, said some really kind things about the quilt, so I decided to enter it in the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. I was so surprised when it won an honorable mention! The word “stunned” is not quite strong enough!
I had sent my quilt in to them using USPS. The quilt was returned in beautiful condition, with a gorgeous ribbon on top. The best part, really, was the comments section from the judges. Their words were very constructive, and zeroed in on the things that I had struggled with, verbalizing the issues better than I can.
All in all, a great experience. I love EPP, can’t wait to start the next one.