When Laura and Katy were planning their road trip around the southwest the United States, they knew they wanted to fit in a little sewing and they decided that English Paper Piecing (EPP) would be a great option since it’s all hand sewing: no sewing machine required. Hey, I know how they feel! When we were planning to be gone for 2 months this summer, I knew I needed to find a way to fit in a little sewing. That is what inspired me to buy my 1/2 size sewing machine and begin the Road Trip QAL.
Laura and Katy thought that this EPP project would be even more fun if they included a lot of other sewing friends, so they began the Traveling PicStitch Blog Hop.
But here we are. I worked really hard yesterday trying to finish up this project for you today, even fitting in a little bit of sewing during the daytime (gasp)!
I took my inspiration photo from Glacier National Park, where my family visited this summer. Let me take you on a quick tour.
Glacier National Park is an incredible place. Around every turn is another sweeping view of snow topped mountains and tumbling waterfalls.
We visited in July, which is springtime in Glacier National Park, and the wildflowers were in full bloom.
There are an abundance of lakes and water sources and the water is this insane color of deep turquoise. It’s gorgeous, and completely unlike anything else I’ve seen.
Put this all together, and you have a fairytale photo of brightly colored wildflowers in front of a backdrop of a clear, beautiful lake, reaching outward until it touches the mountains and the scene rises to the crystal sky.
This was my inspiration. I created a color palette that reflected flowers, mountains, and sky, and decided to create a rose star wall hanging.
I wanted to get a feel of the photograph when I created the piece. The colors of the flowers in the foreground of the photo become the center of the rose star. The mountains, with green at the base, and dark blues near the tops are the 3-parted triangles around the center. And the light blue of the sky nestles between the mountains.
I learned my free motion quilting definitely needs some practice, but this was a good piece to practice with because it’s small, and I’m not giving it to anyone! The colors of the wildflowers have a flower pattern in the quilting.
And the quilting for the mountains and sky follow the lines of those features. I used a textured swiss dot fabric for the background, and I thought the loopy quilting pattern could be the path of snowflakes as they fall to the ground.
I attached the binding in my usual after dark sewing time last night.
And this is currently hanging on my closet door until I can rig a method of attaching it to my sloping, roofline walls in my sewing room.
Did you make is this far? I hope you enjoyed the Glacier adventure! Go visit Sewing Over Pins to see Claire’s fabulous, bright rose star from yesterday’s blog hop stop. For more travel inspired English Paper Piecing Fun, you can also visit Esprit Patch tomorrow, and Creative Inspiraciones on Friday.
You’ve got plenty of time to finish your project; the link up begins November 30th. Details here.