One of the greatest joys associated with learning how to make quilts has been gradually fulfilling my wish to make quilts for my family. Last spring I made a quilt for Jacob; in the summer I made a quilt for Isaac, and as the nights darkened towards winter, I made a quilt for my wee Mum, for Christmas.
This quilt is not quite single bed sized, though it can be spread over a single bed without looking silly. It is far from perfect, but I am pleased with how it turned out, wobbles included.
The inspiration for this quilt came from Mum's love of wild flowers, and of the walks she took as a child with my Nana, gathering wild flowers along the way. The colours are mainly soft greens, with lots of other muted pastels. The quilt is a combination of hand stitched hexagons and machine sewn log cabin blocks. It is made with a combination of Tilda fabrics, bought online, and some Lewis and Irene fabrics which I bought at my local sewing shop.
I pieced and stitched six groups of hexagons, and then cut them into rectangles. It is hard to cut into hand stitched hexagons as they are so time consuming to stitch, but I needed six rectangles, so had to close my eyes to the sad little hexi halves that were discarded. I stabilised the rectangles with a narrow frame of green, and then added sashing to each rectangle. They were then stitched together and more sashing added. The backing is a lovely piece of fabric decorated with British herbs, and the binding is more of the same green fabric used within the quilt.
My plan was to quilt the piece by hand, but the stitches seemed too conspicuous for the delicate colours and traditional feel of the quilt, so I machine quilted in simple diagonal lines instead, and was happy with the result.
Mum loved it, and it has been tried in several locations in her house until she found a spot she was happy with.
I am currently working on another hand stitched quilt, which I have been making on and off since last Christmas. I am hand quilting it at the moment and will post photographs when it is completed.
I keep a notebook of quilt ideas, some of which I am sure will never be made, as I would need to live to be 200 to complete them all. I am constantly amazed that, even with my minimal sewing skills, pretty, personal quilts can be created and enjoyed.