English Paper Piecing · Handmade Gifts · Quilting

Handmade Christmas- The Dad quilt aka Star Trek Enterprise

This was the very first quilt I started on this season and the most complex for one reason- it is entirely hand pieced(minus borders), then machine quilted.

I got hooked on English Paper Piecing earlier in 2015 but had never done anything beyond traditional shapes. When I saw this pattern in an instagram post, I knew I had to try it. I purchased my copy from Crafty Geeks on Etsy and then had to track down all the correct colors of fabric.

I hit up all the local fabric stores in my area- my lqs, Joann, Hancock, and even Hobby Lobby. I bought about 14 different greys to use for this top and finally settled on a few that were the perfect shades. I pulled some orange, red, and light blue scraps from my stash for the accents and the background is a charcoal and navy weave by moda- and it totally makes the quilt in my opinion. Almost all the greys are Kona colors, though I’m not sure which ones- I bought so many that I lost track! I used three shades of Gutermann 50w grey cotton thread to piece everything together and quilted it with the darkest shade as well. The backing is a galaxy print from Joann and suited this quilt wonderfully. Finished size is about 12x 30 with borders and binding.

 

And the final version, plus my dad with his gift which he utterly adores.

Dad-quilt

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Would I make this again? Yes. However, there are a few things I would change.
1- when printing, make sure you can have a complete piece of every piece and not have to tape any layers together. It’s very hard to sew through!
2- enlarge it slightly to make it a bit bigger. Some of the pieces measure .25″ wide and those are incredibly challenging to work with.3- don’t mix basting techniques! I used glue and thread basting and because of that, not all my pieces seemed to fit perfectly. I much prefer thread basting and will stick to that in the future.

 

 

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