Thank You Hallmark

“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.


About freshairquilting

I love fabric and I love quilting even more.
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