Hand Pieced…

by Kate on April 20, 2010

A little while ago I spotted a hand pieced, six-pointed star quilt hanging up at Patchwork on Central Park. It is breathtaking and the fussy cutting that has gone into those stars is nothing short of inspirational.

Then, I saw these stars that Rita’s mother in law created – stunning.

Sufficiently inspired, Chris and I headed off to Kate’s hand piecing class which are held at Patchwork and learnt the basics of hand piecing – I loved every minute of it.

I’ve always considered myself far too impatient to hand piece, but I wanted to give it a go and I am glad I did.

It is a long term project but I hope one day to create something as beautiful as the two quilts that have inspired me.

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1 Jeni April 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

This is gorgeous! Love the colors :)


2 wishes, true and kind April 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Good for you! Your block is great! I, too, have been inspired by Rita's MIL, but I have yet to do anything about it. I can be a pretty impatient sewer, but I think it would be nice to have some longer term handwork projects.


3 RED PEPPER QUILTS April 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Just amazing for your first hand piecing! Beautiful!



4 Mel April 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hey firstly, LOVE the new look of the blog! It's really crisp and fresh. Gorgeous. Secondly I just know I wouldn't have the patience for hand piecing, especially something as intricate as this pattern but I am in awe of anyone who does! Go you!


5 Bianca Jae Makes Stuff April 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Gorgeous! And your points in the middle all meet, have trouble getting mine nice and snug

BTW Postie was just here!! Love it!! Thank you so much!! xox


6 Lynne (Lily's Quilts) April 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Ooh I love those stars. Although I love machine work, hand piecing is lovely to do in the garden, in front of the tv, sitting chatting with a cup of tea etc. I'm into hexagons at the moment but, seeing your picture, I'm going to try those stars next. They are gorgeous.


7 Kate April 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

That is one gorgeous block Kate.
I love your header so much.


8 Katy April 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I'm so glad you've got the bug too! Hand piecing is awesome!

LOVE that star so much – you've got me itching to have a go with diamonds!!!


9 Melanie April 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I'm working on blocks similar to that for my first quilt ever. They do look stunning, don't they?


10 Blueberry Park April 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

That is stunning, Kate. Love that 'washed out' pink with the grey. Can't wait to see more ;-)


11 Cathy April 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Your block is lovely Kate and look how well your points match. I love that strawberry fabric, looks great with the dots. xo


12 summerfete April 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Its the best isnt it?!

I have made a bed runner and am making another one!

Yours looks beautiful so far.


13 Christie April 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Beautiful, I loved watching this take shape Kate.

Do you think we could get them finished before our pension cards arrive? I'll race you!


14 sean the prawn April 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm

i love it…keep going, do more!


15 Meredith April 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm

lovely, you did a great job with the fussy cutting and fabric choices. I really like it. thanks for the inspiration.


16 Quilts on Bastings April 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm

You've made a great start Kate.


17 Leslie April 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm

absolutely beautiful. i love the colors.


18 sophie April 20, 2010 at 11:26 pm

very, very pretty, pink and grey is such a timeless combination.


19 Heather April 21, 2010 at 12:36 am

i lOVE it Kate!! keep it up… it will be amazing!! :)


20 angela April 21, 2010 at 4:33 am

very nice – and I love those strawberries!


21 Tania April 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

The way I figure it, this sort of project can only be a (long term) labour of love – but it's ones like these that are in the family for the long haul. Gorgeous stuff kiddo.


22 Kirsty April 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Beautiful work Kate! I love hand piecing.

Just.so.much. x


23 missi mu April 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Well done Kate, the hand piecing looks like it suits you! And to start with stars is impressive, having to deal with bias as well. x


24 Summer :) April 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

I would say you have a wonderous start! :) I hope you do too! :)


25 Patty April 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

very nice


26 Kelly April 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Wow that is absolutely stunning Kate, I can't believe that's your first go at hand piecing!!


27 Fat Quarterly Team April 23, 2010 at 6:10 am

gorgeous Kate!!!


28 Wynn April 24, 2010 at 1:58 am

Nice work!! I love the star!

I'm having a giveaway at my blog! Join in the fun!


29 Wynn April 24, 2010 at 1:59 am

Nice work! I love the star!

I'm having a giveaway at my blog. Join in the fun!^_^


30 ecoMILF April 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm

It looks stunning so far. xo m.


31 sweet emmelie May 2, 2010 at 4:39 am

so,so pretty. I would like to try these cute stars one day. With me always one day!!


32 Katie Horrocks May 19, 2010 at 5:09 am

isn't that the most gentle glorious colour. Love it. Well love every thing I see here…..

K x


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