The whole quilt is made from just the one shape.
I've written about the process before; here (close ups of some of the blocks), here (where I asked for layout ideas and then ignored them all) and here (the quilt top all sewn together).
The original inspiration came from Material Obsession II - Jazz Hands.
Each piece was individually cut out (albeit through several layers at a time) and I tried to fussy cut some of the centre shapes.
I know you can EPP this and have seen it called Antique Star Rose on quilty blogland but I'm not a huge fan of EPP. I think it takes too long and I'm not sure why I would want to add more stages to the process (cutting/buying paper, tacking shape to paper, removing said paper) when you can (imo) achieve the same result just hand-sewing each individual piece together. I hugely admire EPP projects I have seen - they are just not for me.
As it was such a whopper of a quilt, I decided to hand-quilt inside all the little shapes and then machine FMQ around all the negative space.
And as the contrast between the low-volume background and the shapes and borders is so marked, I just grabbed any old scraps for the two dark borders so it was a fantastic scrap-buster. You don't need to ponder if a particular fabrics 'goes' with the others because it doesn't matter: you are cutting them quite small and as long as they provide enough contrast to the lights, they are fine, providing a nice homogenous mess.
Well what can I say?
I just totally love how one shape can create something so individual and scrappily delicious.
I do like a bit of portable hand-sewing to slowly do and this was most definitely it.
And now it's finished I've just discovered the next portable hand-quilting project :-)
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