Saturday, February 23, 2019

Island Batik Ambassadors Mini Challenge Quilt 3 - Hand Piecing?!

I drafted a pattern for a mini quilt that ended up needing to be hand pieced.  I think that it must have been 20 years since I last hand pieced.  However, in this case, it was easier for me.

I started with pulling out some of my gorgeous Island Batik fabrics.

Next, I drew my paper piecing designs on a stabilizer that I was going to use to piece on so I didn't have to rip paper later.  I was glad I was only doing one block!

Here you can see the drawing before I cut it apart into pieces.

Here's what the pieces looked like when the paper piecing was done.

This is the back.

Here's another finished section.

A progression on the hand piecing.  It's getting better!

Done!  All the hand piecing is complete!

Here's a picture with a pencil for scale.

A close up of the center.  I steamed the top and it made it lay really flat!

I added some black around the edge to make the quilt square. 

Come back Wednesday to see the quilting!

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Hmmm.... I have never done hand piecing for a quilt. But there are certain types of piecing that would probably be a lot easier if they were hand pieced.

  2. Wow that is a lot of intricate piecing! Beautiful!

  3. It's gorgeous. Can't wait to see it finished.

  4. So, it's like paper piecing, but done by hand? Love the design!

  5. This is so clever - making machine paper-pieced sections and putting them together using EPP. It allows for such intricate designs as yours.

  6. Beautiful block! I love the colors you chose!

  7. For a moment there I thought you had hand-sewn the paper piecing! Your hand piecing looks good, and I find that although it's slower, it's easier than y-seams, and probably quicker in the long run.

  8. That's going to be stunning. Thank you for linking up with the Peacock Party.