Flamboyant Extravagance

Weeks and months surely fly by, and here we are again, with a new Bloggers’ Quilt Festival starting up!

I haven’t been able to finish anything “interesting” lately, so thought I would share one of my most involved paper piecing projects. As it turns out, it was also my last PP endeavor… for some strange reason I took a dislike to this technique (maybe an overdose of PPing?) and have not returned to it since.

I designed this table topper initially way back in 2006, as part of the Christmas patterns offered that year on our website. It was on my “to-do” list for quite a while, and I didn’t get around to piecing it until 2008. I had cut out the pieces and had pretty much committed to finishing it, but by then paper piecing just didn’t do it for me. And it took me pretty much that whole year to work on it, off and on. I finally finished it, and then faced the conundrum of how to quilt it.

After much indecision I finally decided to stitch-in-the-ditch with monofilament thread. And although it was looking pretty good, but I did realize at that point that it was going to need more dense quilting. It is a table topper, after all, and I wanted to make sure anything set on it wouldn’t topple over. So I decided to add more machine quilting with decorative threads, and have to say that was definitely the most fun part of the process!

It doesn’t look like I’ll take up paper piecing any time soon, but I am glad I did finally finish this piece… because I really, really love it! 🙂

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  1. Posted May 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    It’s very pretty. It must feel so good to have it finished. Love the quilting!

  2. Posted May 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I am glad you decided to finish it up, it really is quite pretty. I love PP and can’t stop but I do understand the need to pace myself sometimes and work different projects in between. I think b/c it gets so tedious at times.

    Your work is great.

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  4. Posted May 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    It is stunning. It must feel good to be finished with it.

  5. Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    It is very lovely! PP can drive a person round the bend but the end product is usually wonderful.

  6. Posted May 19, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous quilt

  7. Posted May 19, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    jolie réalisation ce quilt méritait d’être terminé , félicitation

  8. Posted May 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    It looks fabulous and the quilting is wonderful!

  9. Posted May 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    what a fantastic quilt! it’s beautiful angie. so glad you shared and have a great day

  10. Posted May 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    This is just gorgeous! You did a great job!

  11. Posted May 20, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Love this! Your quilting on it is gorgeous! Very inspirational.

  12. Posted May 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    That’s just gorgeous!! Makes me think of a flower opening. The colours really bring it to life. 🙂 I tried PP once and made such a mess–I take my hat off to you for completing this. The quilting is beautiful too, and really brings it to life.


  13. Posted May 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Angie, this is sooo beautiful.

  14. Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    It is crazy how amazing this quilt is! I am speechless.

  15. Posted May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Looks like it was a labor of love! The quilting looks fabulous– getting out of the ditch was definitely the right thing to do. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  16. Posted May 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful table topper. I love the colors and design!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  17. Posted May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    It looks beautiful!

  18. Posted May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful. Quite intricate and detailed.

  19. Rogene
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I love that!

  20. Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Your work is so beautiful, but I understand your reluctance to make more paper piecing. I’m not fond of it myself.