Using Shot Cottons with Paper Piecing

I still have a few more pictures to upload from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, but wanted to show you how I’ve incorporated some beautiful shot cotton fabric into a paper piecing project.

I picked up some fat quarter bundles of Kaffe Fassett shot cotton a while ago, but didn’t have a specific project in mind. When I participated in the Central Oregon shop hop earlier this year, I picked up a very colorful batik at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.

Inspiration hit me! What if I used the shot cottons to pull out the colors in the batik? I could do a paper piecing project since the paper would act as a stabilizer for the more delicate shot cotton fabric. I also used Kona cotton in snow and artichoke to help add structure.

Here’s a look at the shot cottons and batik:

Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons and a Batik

Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons and a Batik

On Carol Doak’s Yahoo Group, we recently celebrated the 7th anniversary of that group with a new block called Oh Happy Days! This block has a ton of different pointy pieces that worked perfectly with the shot cottons. Carol also provided a suggested quilt layout with the block that I used.

Here’s a look at the completed quilt top:

Oh Happy Days Quilt Top

Oh Happy Days Quilt Top

I’m pretty happy with how colorful this quilt top turned out, and really enjoyed being able to incorporate the delicate shot cottons into a project. I hope to quilt it soon!

Have you used shot cottons in a quilt? Please share your projects!

Happy paper piecing,
~Jennifer

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