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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"Peaceful Night"




A couple of days ago I finished stitching the background greys to the last star block of my EPP quilt. Yesterday I laid the blocks out on my design space (my bed covered with a sheet) and shuffled them around until I was happy with the arrangement of colours and patterns. Then I did the same with the low volume diamonds.




Then I stitched the star blocks together into their respective rows.




This morning they look much neater and sit well together. A few weeks ago I chose the name "Peaceful Night" for this quilt with its lovely mix of bright stars and low volume diamonds, set against the twinkling nighttime greys.






Yes, I even like the look of the back of EPP work. I like to use a seam a little larger than 1/4", closer to a cm. 

Last night I was carefully considering the next stage of piecing this quilt. As soon as I begin stitching the diamonds in place I will need a large flat surface to keep the project safely between stitching sessions. The edge sections are yet to be finalised and will likely take some fiddling to complete. What to do???




 So this is my solution for now and it makes my heart glad to look at it. Each row has been carefully folded and stacked in a neat pile until I have a little more space (when our eldest two head for uni in a few weeks - their beds will be free), time and the next wave of motivation. 







All neat and tidy for now, just how I like it. We'll see more of Peaceful Night in another month or so..... There are other projects which will fill my time for now, including some midsummer gardening.




Some of you may have missed the story of Butterfly Dance which was made between Christmas and New Year. Erin's email last night said.... "was so lovely to have you out:) and I'm still so thrilled about the quilt!!"
This is what makes a quilter's heart sing.


Sharing at WIP Wednesday, In Hand EPP.



37 comments:

Joop Zand said...

It looks very nice with these colors.

Greetings, Joop

Nilya said...

What can I say Karen? I am really so much in Love with your EPP-Priject. So pitty, that you are not on flickr - I just opened an EPP-QAL to start new EPP Projects or finish WIP´s and UFO´s. This would be great in there.

*Cornelia* said...

wow im so in love how your quilt is coming along

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh my goodness 'Peaceful Night' is oh so lovely. What a thrill it must be when a quilt comes together, in pattern and colors. Your work is very fine.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Your Peaceful Night stars are gorgeous! Beautiful work.
Amanda

Gone Country said...

Nice work! It's going to be a beautiful quilt!

I just started quilting. Took a beginners clas just before Christmas. I really enjoy it but it's difficult working on large quilts while living in the 5th wheel. Using the bed is a great idea that I will use from now on!

Dirk Rosin said...

kult :-)

Marilyn said...

Peaceful Night is looking beautiful - great name for it too. I just read the story of Butterfly Dance - how special for baby Bella.

Tanyia said...

I am so in love with Peaceful Night, just absolutely gorgeous!

Ash said...

Really Karen, you are so talented! I might start quilting myself lol! And you will be my guide when I do that, if that is ok with you.
Great job Karen. Keep it up :)

Míša said...

Peaceful Night will be really beautiful quilt. Great job!

Zafira Vaxevanidou said...

Those quilt blocks seem really alive! And your accuracy is just perfec... Well done!

Lisa Gordon said...

You are truly such a talented artist, Karen. I am looking forward to seeing more of Peaceful Night.

Have a great day!

One English Teacher said...

I like all the colors in your Peaceful night quilt, but I especially love the varying shades of gray.

Giga said...

Jesteś niesamowita. Każda gwiazdka jest inna. W całości to będzie cudowne. Pozdrawiam.
You are amazing. Each star is different. In total it will be wonderful. Yours.

Debbie said...

great winter projects and both are just beautiful!!

these are lovely treasures, you will still be here, after you are gone!!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Oh my! What lovely, lovely (did I mention lovely?) blocks! The colours are beautiful!

Erin said...

You are really powering ahead in the quilt making this month!! Only a few weeks till they go!!
And I still love it, beautiful splashes of colour:)

Michelle Bartholomew said...

I get so excited every time you post updates for your EPP project. I just love it. Probably my favorite one I've seen. The colors and design just speak to me :)

geanina said...

Looks very nice!:)

Linda R said...

Your quilts look so pretty. Love the new one your working on.

Hugs~

quasiquilter said...

Beautiful piecing and I love the fabrics!

Melissa said...

I love how subtle the diamonds are. I didn't notice them at first. I like the color palette as well and the details that you've captured. I look forward to seeing it finished.

Kirsten said...

Those EPP blocks are going to make such a stunning quilt!

Seeing Each Day said...

Firstly, thank you for your very kind reference to the postcard, I had scrolled down and got such a big smile in return. I know I'm sounding repetitive but this whole process of quilting is so inspiring and at the same time foreign to me. You have spent so many MANY hours on this particular quilt and it's been magical 'watching' you peace it together. I do get that creatively you are totally in tune and have patience with this, and the fun you have along the way. I'm starting to see what you're making here and I'm giving a complete 100% of approval (being that I'm starting to consider myself a professional- quilt-making-from-afar-observer; is there a certificate for that?) Like the apt name of the quilt too. Thanks Karen for sharing photos like this, I really get alot out of them. Renee.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your EPP blocks are so wonderful!! I really love the low volume diamonds in between. Their subtle patterns are like sweet whispers.

Yvonne Campbell said...

Your epp is beautiful and truly inspired me to start an epp project. I didn't make mine as pretty and intricate. I may try that on the next project. Lovely quilt finish too!

Cathy said...

Karen,

You definitely are gifted with an eye for color, angles, and beauty. I see it in so many places you share here.
Peaceful Night is a marvelous name for the quilt, and as I see your precise stacking of piles, I smile.

The baby quilt is beautifully unique with the broad and narrow stripes running crosswise within a white background.

Happy New Year!

Liz said...

It's so lovely Karen! What a wonderful gift you have been blessed with!
2 off to Uni this year! How exciting for them both!!

hydeeann said...

so lovely, Karen! I especially like the detail shots of the stacks. your eye for photography never ceases to amaze me. please link up with In Hand this weekend!

that butterfly kisses quilt is darling. I love the simplicity of the design and the play of color values.

Ivani said...

Very well done with Peaceful Night, love all the pictures. Great work! Buterflies Dance is so bright a happy quilt. I'll be looking forward to see your progress with the EPP quilt. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs

Biscuit said...

Your EPP quilt is amazing! I love the colors you have chosen!

DeborahGun said...

absolutely beautiful Karen, both the EPP and the butterfly quilt :-)

Janet said...

Peaceful night is a beauty for sure!

Elise Lea said...

Your EPP gets lovelier every time I see it. It is surely a labor of love, but the results are amazing and inspiring!

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

O, wow, the quilts are wonderful, Karen. I love the colors too. It must have been a lot of work. Greetings, Joke

Anne said...

One of my current favorite color combos in your EPP quilt. I'm too impatient to do EPP projects at this point but maybe someday.

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