It's only taken me 8 months, but I have FINALLY finished my English Paper Pieced Table Topper. You'd wonder why something so small could take a long time to finish, but if you're not familiar with English Paper Piecing, it's all sewn by hand.
I really do find hand stitching relaxing, but I don't do it often - when I watch TV, which isn't much, or sometimes when I'm visiting relatives.
I know, it could do with a good iron, but the reality is, I probably won't bother. The creases look worse in the photo than in real life.
I loved the process of using a fussy cutting mirror to get the star shape. It opened up so many possibilities with patterns.
I began the table topper at a quilting retreat, using a pattern by Stitches and Sew On. I learnt so much that day with our tutor, Rachel. Probably the hardest thing for me was using glue on fabric. In my mind, glue and fabric don't go together, but I did do the majority of the topper with glue, only hand basting the outside row of the templates.
I deviated from the pattern at the back. Who knows why I'm showing you a photo of the messy back, other than to keep it real. I used a layer of fusible wadding, then double sided fusible webbing to adhere the bone fabric. The outside row of shapes was then hand stitched down.
It would have been a lot neater if I'd bothered to baste, or at least pinned. I didn't, however and this is how it turned out. Rachel's method, I'm sure, would produce a much neater finish, but I was after a way to finish quickly.
Eight months is way too long for a project. If it weren't for the pressure of show and tell at next year's retreat, it probably would have stayed tucked away in the cupboard. I don't like restarting a project after it's been left for a while.
I really am thrilled with my new table topper!!! I have no idea how people hand stitch whole quilts, though.
This little table topper will be joining the 200+ projects in the Quilting & Patchwork link party, here at Threading My Way.
You can read more details on the progress of the table topper:
- see how the papers are glued to the fabric
- see how a fussy cutting mirror is used to work out patterns
Do you enjoy hand stitching?