Wow what an intricate process with amazing results!
Just amazing- love all the detail!
This is how nearly all patchwork was usually done in UK until the late 70's, when the American method of piecing & strip piecing without papers was introduced.
Was it the Quilts 1700 - 2010 exhibition you saw? I have the book and it looks like it would have been fabulous.
Sewnsew Yes, it was the Quilts 1700-2012 exhibition, and yes it was fabulous. It revealed a great richness of ideas and designs that had existed in British piecing and patchwork before the hexagon was given it's dominant place as 'the shape to be done' between the wars and subsequently up to the 70's.
Wow wow wow. I have to try this. It's amazing!
This is amazing. Was this sort of piecing, rather than appliqué, a way to save fabric, be more precise, have less bulk? It's fascinating. Thank you for sharing. I also like paper pieced apple cores, which are only slightly less common than hexes, but still a favorite.
Amyde The earliest dated piece made in this technique is here http://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/collections/heritage/all/1718-1720/1718-coverlet.html also in their collection is this piece http://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/collections/heritage/all/1718-1800/octagons-and-squares-fragment.html They also have the alternative technique of Broiderie Perse, a form of applique here http://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/collections/heritage/all/1718-1800/tree-of-life-coverlet.html They are quite different looking items, depending on what style/fashion the maker liked; even though they are all coverlets - the tops & a lining, they are not quilted, if you have a look around the rest of the collection you will be able to see examples of quilts as well. It could be that the piecing over papers has the advantage of a way of using dressmaking scraps of many different types & weights of fabrics - but that is only my supposition.
Nice tutorial and wonderful results.