Smitten quilt top
I have the blocks and first border pieced, arranged, and ready to sew together. This is the top size per the pattern, but I have so much fabric left over that I’m going to frame this bit and add another pieced border. Perhaps with some of those mini Smitten blocks I made using FMM set G. Hmmm . . .
I offered this quilt as a class in 2015 and don’t know anyone who actually finished the top. Several people dropped out and some stuck with the classes, cut out some blocks, but didn’t accomplish much sewing. The quilt top is not hard to piece, even with the Y-seams. Where the ladies got hung-up was in choosing fabric for their blocks.
*There is a Facebook group that used the English Paper Piecing method to construct the quilt top. What an awesome idea! Many of my friends take EPP to their day jobs to work on during breaks and lunch. I’ve had several quilting friends become EPP lovers. You can find the post on my favorite EPP tools here.
Some of my blocks are not perfect, color-combination wise, and I did make some replacement blocks giving me a few blocks that will go into an orphan block quilt. The thing to remember with this, or any quilt, that it is okay to not like your color/fabric choices. You can change them. Yes, fabric is expensive, but don’t back yourself into a corner thinking you can’t change your mind. We’re women! Of course we change our minds. Use those blocks in an orphan quilt, put them into a quilt for a women’s shelter, senior’s home, or veteran’s hospital. Make some funky pillowcases that you can donate to fire departments (they give them to children), or sew some awesome pet beds for animal shelters and rescues. You’re not wasting fabric, you’re repurposing it and gifting it with love to someone (two or four-legged) who is going to love it.
When you’re on the fence about your blocks, put them up on a design wall, leave them for several days (without looking at them) and then re-evaluate. If they are not pieced, you can always play with the fabrics. Again, take time to walk away and come back with fresh eyes. You may not like them anymore than before, but hopefully, you will stop beating that dead horse and figure out ‘what’ you don’t like, and how you’re going to change it.
I have updated my Smitten quilt gallery if you’d like to see the individual blocks.
half combination block
Several of my most recent blocks.
The pattern gives you a paper template for the setting triangles on the sides of the quilt. I didn’t want to make a plastic template, or use a single fabric for the setting triangles, so I pulled out the From Marti Michell templates and found that they can be used to piece the setting triangles. H52 is the large diamond that is used in nearly all the blocks. H52b is a shape not used in the blocks. I used it as the small setting triangles on either side of H52. You will want the long edge of H52b on the straight grain to reduce stretch. A 2 1/8″ strip of fabric (cut along the selvage) will give you a enough width to cut the triangles while providing a straight, non-stretchy edge.
Smitten drawing effect