It's back to school time around here and we've been busy sewing up samples of all kinds! We are preparing for Quilt Festival in Houston, TX in November, so that's consuming a ton of our time. However, we were asked by the wonderful ladies Kim + Nisha at Brimfield Awakening to sew up a sample of their newest pattern, Brimfield Meadows! We couldn't say no!
We immediately dug into our stash to figure out what fabrics we wanted to use while waiting for the english paper pieces to arrive and ultimately decided on Road Trip by Alison Glass. This line has small motifs in almost all the prints which we thought would be a great fit for the Brimfield Meadows pattern.
We included some coordinating Mariner Cloth solids and Kaleidoscope solids to round it out and couldn't be more excited to begin! It was also the perfect opportunity to try out our Unicorn Thread Gloss from Robot Mom Sews (which by the way, smells heavenly - we got Beachy).
If you haven't done English Paper Piecing (EPP) before, the Brimfield Meadows pattern is more of an intermediate pattern, I'd say. Only because of the curves though, and even then, it's not impossible. I'm not great at EPP and still found this pattern completely manageable and I'm the slowest hand stitcher ever! We did glue baste our fabrics to the pieces as I'm all about convenience and time saving opportunities so I recommend SewLine Glue Pens for this. Other people thread baste their fabrics and that works well, too.
A note about thread gloss - we used to solely use Thread Haven but it's gone now and we can't find it anywhere. We switched to Unicorn Thread Gloss because it's similar in style in that it waxes any thread you're using for hand stitching to keep it from tangling, knotting and wrapping up on itself. The perk to Unicorn Thread Gloss is that you can purchase it unscented or any variety of yummy scents! They're not overpowering in the least! (We have a quick tutorial on how to use this Gloss on our Instagram feed at the top!)
For thread, we used Wonderfil Invisafil Thread. It's super lightweight (I joke that it's like sewing with spider webs) and comes in a great variety of colors but is perfect for EPP because it hardly shows!
The Brimfield Meadows pattern comes together quite quickly and again, keep in mind, I'm the slowest hand stitcher ever. Even with curves, I was cruising right along! As we were piecing the block, it reminded me of peacock feathers in the colors we chose.
After piecing all four sections, I sewed down the block onto a background of three hand selected kaleidoscope colors and one coordinating mariner cloth square to create a mini quilt. I had to dig hard for some coordinating thread, but Aurifil came through for me! Colors 5022 (mustardy green) and 4093 (dark teal) were PERFECT!
I ended up doing a combination of straight line and free motion quilting for this block. I really loved some of the motifs in the Road Trip line and traced around them, but kept the background simple and did a 1/2" crosshatch across it.
Here's our final Brimfield Meadows mini quilt! What do you think? What fabric lines would you use?