Tuesday, 10 April 2018

AQC - Moncarapacho by Willyne Hammerstein

Following on from my previous post (on Willyne's Ballet with Kaffe Fassett quilt), I'd like to show you Willyne's Moncarapacho quilt which was also in the AQC exhibition in Melbourne. This quilt is on the cover of Millefiori Quilts 3.

Those with eager eyes will see that this quilt has the same starting rosette as Ballet with Kaffe Fassett.  However, there are many, many 10 pointed stars in this quilt.  People who have started Ballet with Kaffe know that 10 pointed stars are quite difficult to get perfect.

Like all of Willyne's quilts, this one is hand pieced and hand quilted.

Some of my readers have asked about the advantages of hand piecing over English Paper Piecing (EPP).  Willyne spoke about the extra time and expense involved in English Paper Piecing. Her points were:

1.  With hand piecing you just draw the sewing line on the back of the fabric, and then you stitch two pieces together with a simple running stitch.  This method uses less thread than what many people using for English Paper Piecing.

2.  English Paper Piecing requires paper pieces which most people prefer to purchase (for accuracy).  Even if you make your own paper pieces, it's time and money.

3. Paper pieces have to be basted - either by thread or glue.  That's more expense and more time spent basting.

So, although English Paper Piecing has some disadvantages compared to hand piecing, many people are more comfortable hand sewing with EPP.  I don't regret making my la passacaglia with EPP.  I wasn't confident to do hand piecing, so I went with the method I was familiar with.

People in The Netherlands start hand piecing from a young age and that's the only method they know for hand sewing.  Whereas we often start with sewing a few English Paper Pieced  hexagons together, and so we start down a different track.

I'm slowly transitioning to hand piecing now, but that's only after taking a lesson with Jen Kingwell and seeing her method of hand piecing and finished quilts.

Although I attended the Ballet with Kaffe Fassett class with Willyne and studied her hand piecing method too, I will still finish my Ballet with Kaffe Fassett quilt with English Paper Piecing because that's the way that I started it. 


greeneggs said...

Thanks for explaining that so clearly. I have a bit of trepidation about hand piecing. My first quilt was hand pieced out of velvet. You can probably imagine how poorly that worked. I need to get over that and try hand piecing again.

Kiwiquilter said...

The fussy cutting in this quilt is amazing. I can’t bring myself to waste so much fabric. I do my EPP with fabrics that don’t need to be fussy cut, but that will change when I win Lotto!

Julierose said...

What a stunning quilt--just beautiful workmanship--thanks for sharing hugs, Julierose

Anonymous said...

That is BEAUTIFUL! Orange is my favorite color, so that quilt really speaks to me. I would try to duplicate it to some extent, but I don't think I could handle all of those tiny pieces. If you ever get tired of it, I'll take it off your hands.....lol.

xo Linda

Granny Maud's Girl said...

You are right: we do learn differently in different cultures. My first childhood patchwork was EPP. It was years before I learned there was another method.

Blah said...

Have you had a look at Inklingo? It's a way of hand piecing where you print the sewing and cutting lines on the back of your fabric using an inkjet printer. The owner/designer (Linda) has a deal with Quiltmania and Willyne so a lot of Willyne's quilts are Inklingoed already.