Fabri Flair: 3D Paper Piecing Quilt Kits
Hi, I’m Kendra, Assistant Buyer at Fabric Depot. I have a BS in Fashion Design from the Portland Art Institute and I've been sewing for about 26 years. I initially chose to do one of the Fabriflair Dimensional Paper Piecing projects from Indygo Junction because I saw one in a magazine made up using a Moda Charm Pack and I wanted to know what the big deal was! Our whole store has been pretty excited about these kits since we got them in the Summer, several of us have finished them, so don’t give me credit for ALL you see pictured, just some!
Paula, who you met in the last blog post, and Trudy, owner of Fabric Depot, have each completed a Radiant Star. The funny thing is we each completed ours in a slightly different way. I’m writing this post to offer tips, tricks, and advice for diving into your own 3D English Paper Pieced Fabriflair project!! They aren’t as intimidating as they might look!
The first thing you need to know, I would absolutely do this project again! And have, in fact, already completed two large Radiant Stars and started a small one. It is fun to experiment with different fabrics and methods of assembly with each one I make. It’s neat watching the pieces slowly fit together to create this amazing 3D work of art.
The second thing you need to know, this project requires contorting your hands and doing some extreme stitching. If you have arthritis or general pain in your hands, this may not be the project for you. These polyhedrons are made using tiny stitches and if contorting your hands while making them isn’t too daunting, it is a great project! It may be worth trying out, even if you’re not sure whether your hands can do it. Because they are small and 3D, it is easy to do a few seams and then set it down to come back to later.
We carry all of the available Fabriflair patterns which include the Radiant Star large & small, the Brio Sphere large & small, the Trilliant Ornament, and the Navette Needle Case. You have plenty of options to choose from to begin at the right skill level. I would say beginners may want to start with the ornament or needlecase. Intermediate sewists may enjoy starting with the sphere in either size. The star is definitely the most advanced. It requires far more pieces and has slightly more difficult angles. If you’re concerned at all about your skill level, I would recommend starting with the larger size of any of these. The larger the pattern, the more room for your hands while you’re sewing.
As far as supplies are concerned, you have some choices. Each of us had different opinions on which glue, thread, and needles worked best, yet we all achieved beautiful results. I varied my supplies for my 2nd star to find the best needle, easiest glue, and strongest thread, for me.
The only issue I had was accidentally sewing too near or through the cardstock inside the fabric, which would sometimes shred my Sulky 12 wt. thread. That’s why strength is important! Besides that, this was an awesome project for just sitting on the couch, stitching and binge watching CSI. Whether you use pre-cuts or pick out your fabrics per the instructions and plan out each facet, this project turns out great and can look completely different every time!
Have you made anything like this before? What would you do with yours??
Now that you know what you’re in for, click the links or head in to pick up your supplies from Fabric Depot! You might even get to see some of these samples IRL and say, “Hello!” to our team.