Happy New Year to one and all. I do hope your Christmas was lovely. We had a very, very quiet and quite slothful time for which we are all feeling the benefit.
I’ve a couple of things still unshared but I thought I’d start the year with a bang and show you the finished hexie quilt.
This shows half of the quilt as it’s draped over the garden gate. I had to grab some quick pictures in-between downpours because the quilt was destined to become Ma & Pa SIL’s Christmas gift.
The long-arm quilting was done by The Quilt Cabin at Hebden Bridge and she’s done a marvellous job of it, as you can see here.
Sadly, Elaine has had her shop devastated by the Christmas floods in Hebden Bridge, as have many, many other stores. She’s currently only trading online whilst the cleanup continues. I do hope she and her fellow shopkeepers are open for business again soon. We’ll definitely be supporting them!
This was my first experience of having a quilt professionally quilted, and whilst it wasn’t cheap, it was money well spent. So much so that when the shop is open again I’m getting Elaine to redo my Double Wedding Ring quilt which needs re-backing.
The backing for this quilt is a plain cream cotton…a slightly tea stained colour that complements the multiple colours of the front perfectly and highlights the quilting stitches even more. Taking advice from Elaine, we colour matched the quilting thread to the backing. I think it was a great choice.
Whilst this isn’t the most glamorous shot ever it gives you a better view of the whole of the quilt (albeit draped over an overgrown hedge and blowing in the wind, 3 minutes before the rain returned!). It’s what I would class as a good sized sofa quilt…perfect for wrapping round shoulders on a chilly evening, or a small child who’s feeling a little under the weather, or draping over a grandpa having an afternoon nap. I’m also pretty sure it will be used by one child or the other for dragging a sibling up and down Nana’s hallway whilst shrieking like banshees!
I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t contemplate keeping this quilt. It took an age to sew all those 1″ hexies and the finished result is better than I’d ever hoped for. It’s deliciously cosy and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it’s turned out. Not bad for a first attempt at English Paper Piecing!
But…it’s gone to a very good home.
And I can always start another one for us to keep………..