I wanted to showcase The Liberty Snowflakes Quilt that we have shown on Hochanda TV as it’s so beautiful. Kathy has made this version of the quilt after I designed it a couple of years ago. She’s been desperate to start another EPP (English Paper Piecing) project since her first one last year and this was the perfect opportunity. It’s called the Liberty Snowflake Quilt and, as in the case of a Snowflake, each block is different. There are 48 different Liberty fabrics in the quilt, each giving another beautiful pattern and colour.
I asked Kathy about her time making the quilt:
“This is my second EPP quilt. The first project was a sweet baby quilt for my best friend’s granddaughter. After making that, I was well and truly bitten by the EPP bug so, when the opportunity came up to make this quilt I grabbed it with both hands.”
“I really enjoyed making the quilt in lockdown. I loved the hand sewing process and enjoyed sitting down and not having to think too much about what to do. It’s a really simple and yet peaceful process of hand sewing. It does require a little bit of accuracy but that’s fairly simple to get right on this quilt.”
“The EPP block is made first and then this block is appliquéd onto the gorgeous ‘white on white Lodden‘ background Liberty fabric. I found this part so satisfying. It was wonderful to see each block build up quickly to make the finished quilt. The sashing between the blocks was a little fiddly but the end result is gorgeous.”
“I used the same fabrics for the backing that were in the EPP parts of each block. I wanted a different, and more contemporary feel to the back of the quilt, so I took fabrics from the blocks and sewed strips and rectangles of fabrics together. I love the back of the quilt as much as the front.”
“I’m not sure where the quilt is going to end up. I made it because I love it rather than having somewhere specific for it to go. It feels like it would be lovely in the conservatory but I’ll try it in several other rooms too.”
You can buy the first 6 blocks of this lovely quilt on the Hochanda website. The final 3 blocks and finishing pack will be available on 20th September at 7am.
I hope that this inspires you to get into the lovely hand sewing process of EPP. It’s a therapeutic method and brings a calmness and joy to the maker.