Wednesday, June 10, 2020

My Dahlia Quilt

This quilt has been done for awhile but I haven't yet shared it here with you!  If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me working on these EPP Dahlia blocks over the past couple of years.


Dahlia quilt - an english paper pieced quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  A great scrap quilt using Playing with Paper starter set 43 by Sue Daley Designs

From start to finish this was about a two-year project, although I did set it aside for awhile to work on other things.  


Dahlia quilt - an english paper pieced quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  A great scrap quilt using Playing with Paper starter set 43 by Sue Daley Designs


The flowers are all pieced using english paper piecing techniques.  I tried not to rush this project - I really wanted to take my time on it and just enjoy choosing fabrics and piecing each block.


Scrap fabrics found on A Bright Corner blog - love these colors together

Each flower uses two different prints for the petals and a contrasting print for the center.  I tried not to repeat any print in the quilt so it would have a great scrappy feel too it.  But I also stayed within the coral / yellow / green families so that it would feel coordinated and not quite as crazy as a full-on scrappy quilt might.


EPP Dahlia blocks - made with Playing with Paper starter set 43 from Sue Daley Designs.  Blocks made by Andy of A Bright Corner

I knew this would be a longer project so right in the beginning I did a fabric pull and gathered any prints I thought might work.  

They lived in this basket (isn't it pretty?) and it made it much faster and easier to grab the prints to use for a flower without having to go through everything in my closet each time.  


EPP Dahlia blocks - made with Playing with Paper starter set 43 from Sue Daley Designs.  Blocks made by Andy of A Bright Corner

I admit...there are a couple flowers that I feel have a bit too much contrast between the two petal prints, but that just adds to the overall character of the finished quilt, right?


Dahlia quilt - an english paper pieced quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  A great scrap quilt using Playing with Paper starter set 43 by Sue Daley Designs

After appliqueing each flower to a background square (Moda Bella 98), I added some green corner triangles to each block.  I felt like it needed more green in the quilt, and I like that the green corners also help tie the blocks to one another as well.


Dahlia quilt - an english paper pieced quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  A great scrap quilt using Playing with Paper starter set 43 by Sue Daley Designs

For the backing I used a coordinating solid yellow, and I quilted it with a longarm design called Soho.

To keep with the scrappy feel of the quilt I went with a green scrappy binding and I love how it looks!  
Dahlia quilt - an english paper pieced quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner with a fun scrappy binding

If you're a fan of scrappy bindings, here's a tip for you - 

As I'm binding quilts, if I have any binding left over I'll toss it in a special bin I keep just for binding scraps.  Then when I need a scrappy binding I can dig through that bin and usually I'm able to find what I need.  And that was the case with this quilt - it was SO nice to be able to just grab them and sew.  I didn't need to pull out any FQ or yardage to cut binding strips.  This binding scraps bin is a great place to toss unused jelly roll strips too!


Dahlia quilt - an english paper pieced quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner with a fun scrappy binding


Quilt details:
50" x 60"
Pattern: EPP Dahlias (my own version using this EPP Starter Set**)
Fabric: Coral, Yellow, Green prints from my stash and scrap bins
QuiltingSoho (edge to edge computerized design)


**Edited to add:  if you're looking for the Playing with Paper Starter Set 43 and the above link is sold out, try the following places:

Patchwork with Busyfingers (Sue Daley's shop) Fabric Pixie
Quilter's Fancy
Red Thread Studio



Dahlia quilt - an english paper pieced quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  A great scrap quilt using Playing with Paper starter set 43 by Sue Daley Designs



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16 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful, happy quilt!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Beautiful! Definitely a labor of love.

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  3. It is absolutely gorgeous Andy!!! What a stunning finish!!!

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  4. Beautiful quilt! It is so cheery and fresh. It is so good to have a project you enjoy doing.

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  5. Beautiful! What a wonderful quilt; you did a stellar job!

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  6. You always make such beautiful quilts, and this one is so lovely. It must make you smile each time you see it!

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  7. Gorgeous quilt. Thank you. :D

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  8. These flowers are so pretty. They coordinate, yet the quilt looks scrappy. Makes me want to try paper piecing. Maybe,

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    1. Try it!!!! I resisted for so long - but I absolutely love it!

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  9. This is a BEAUTIFUL quilt! Where can I get the pattern for this quilt. I do hand piecing without paper usually so I don't need to do EPP. I clicked on your link above but it says it'ts sold. out. Do you have the pattern only for sale?

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    1. I'm sorry I don't have just the pattern for sale, but I'm considering doing a post with all of the instructions to make this quilt. I did just add a few more links (in the post above) for where you can find the starter set, and I'm hoping that Gardenia Fabrics will also be able to re-stock it soon.

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  10. This is such a lovely quilt that you have worked on for a long time. So nice to enjoy the finished quilt!

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  11. Your quilt is so beautiful!! I sure would love it if you did a post of instructions. :)

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