This is the second time I have joined the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. The quilt that I am sharing this time is similar to the last one as it is also made up of a lot of pieces and was English Paper Pieced, but is very different.
This is 'Peonie' - I know that I am using the plural for an individual image, but essentially this quilt is 2 sided.
'Peonie' is 11.5 inches x 11.5 inches all hand pieced over papers and it is an idea I have had for many years - just on a very small scale. I want to show that EPP can be something more than hexagons, that a very traditional method can be contemporary.
'Peonie' is not quilted in a traditional sense - more a quilt as you go as the papers and tacking stitches are left in.
I love the textural and tactile quality.
'Peonie' was made as my entry into the London Modern Quilt Guild first exhibition to be held at John Lewis Oxford Street (flagship store of a department store/supermarket chain) during June.
What I learnt during the making of this quilt: too much EPP - ie 2 whole days without doing anything else can give you RSI in both hands especially your left non-dominant hand and your arms up to your elbows. That I can make a miniature quilt containing 1042 pieces - a mixture of HSTs and squares - in less than a month, even contending with 2 of my children having a vomiting bug at the same time.
That as much as I love my art - devoting so much time and energy to hit a deadline can make me ill.
That I love EPP so much more now than I did when I made the quilt I submitted to the Bloggers' Quilt Festival last time.
(I'm number 320 so you might need to set aside some time to visit as many of the quilts as possible.)