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"Who is Lucy Boston...

... and How Did You Make That Gorgeous Quilt Block"?

Paula Barnes is Hooked!

Have you see the Lucy Boston quilt style? This intricate-looking method of English paper piecing employs carefully fussy-cut fabrics & placement to create unique kaleidoscopic effects. The design was inspired by a quilt sewn by Lucy Boston in the late 1950s and is enjoying great popularity all over Instagram and Pinterest! Our own Paula Barnes discovered the craze recently while doing a lecture and workshop at Little Quilts in Marietta, GA. She told us:

"While I was there I was shown a Lucy Boston block done in one of my previous fabric collections. OMG, was it beautiful!

Well, I was bitten by the bug, and had to leave the shop with all the English paper piecing supplies to start this quilt. Of course I knew that Mary Ellen (Robison, co-owner of Red Crinoline Quilts) would want to indulge in this little project so I got her supplies too.

Here are two blocks I wanted to share with you using my R&B Tavern Collection. Fussy cutting the border was so much fun."

To see more of the Lucy Boston blocks Paula and Mary Ellen created, visit the Red Crinoline Quilts blog. You can also gather lots of inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.