I really love to hand piece, I find it very relaxing, especially at the end of the day. In 2015 I joined an English paper piecing quilt-along craze – Millefiore! I purchased the book, templates and paper piecing foundation papers; I was off to a pretty good start!
When I started down this path, I was hoping to use up my scraps, bags and bags of scraps. This is what you’ll have after twenty-five years of making friends and family quilts, guild and client raffle quilts, community service projects and arts and crafts projects – Yikes!
My first rosette is beautiful, and as you can see, I didn’t use any scraps!!!! I was defeated with that idea. I couldn’t come up with a color theme. Not to worry though, I did put that one to excellent use on my recliner!
I really wanted a themed quilt so I thought about the my stash of African and ethnic prints. I buy them every time I see them and won’t use them! Why oh why???? However, for the Millefiore, this would work out perfectly! This is the fabric I used in my remake of rosette #1. It’s “Beauty Noir” by Michael Miller. I believe I can use the motifs in the print twice more. See, there three ladies there.
The next rosette I worked on was #9. The fabric here is “Gwen” by Timeless Treasures. I only used a tiny piece. I will definitely be able to use this again!
On rosette #11b I used “Kenta” by Timeless Treasures. There are three different ladies in the print.
Rosette #3 theme fabric from Debi-C by Debi heron from Timeless Treasures.
Rosette #12b has only three hexagons and the fabric used was actually printed in Nigeria.
And rosette #6 theme fabric is “Nairobi” by Michael Miller. The motifs in the print are very close. I used all three motifs in one rosette.
Over all, I’m happy with the African Ladies and ethnic fabric theme. Here’s the layout and what I’ve pieced so far.
That’s all for now,