Eddie has made me a Baltic pine quilt rail with a shelf above so that I can finally hang the gorgeous quilt that my sister Sue made for my birthday in March. I had no idea that she was making me the quilt so I admit to a few tears when she gave it to me….in all my favourite colours too. Sue’s piecing and quilting is absolutely perfect so it took her ages to put it together for me. I love it and it now has pride of place on our Dining room wall. I love the rail and shelf too as Eddie made it up as he went along and it also looks great – now I need to find some suitable knick-knacks to put on the shelf. The rest of the Dining/Kitchen/Family room area will have to be redecorated around the colours in the quilt but that won’t be a problem!
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This would have to be the BIGGEST UFO imaginable. I started making the hexagons in 1995 while on a plane between Australia and England and took lots of cut-out paper templates and pre-cut fabric shapes with me to work on while on holidays. I made the mistake of measuring the quilt from the floor on one side of the queen sized bed, over the top and down the other side to get the width, then I measured from the floor at the end of the bed, up the length of the bed and over the pillows (in this photo, a lot of the quilt is tucked down below the camera out of sight), and over the pillows to get the length. Then I stitched enough hexagon flowers separated by calico hexagons to finish the whole of the outside edge, thus committing myself to this HUGE size. One momentous day about four years ago, I finally reached the middle and therefore last flower and my hands shook so much I could hardly sew. Each hexagon flower has a yellow patch in the centre surrounded by two dark, two medium and two light colour co-ordinated ones. Every hexagon was hand tacked to the paper then top-sewed with tiny slip-stitches to it’s neighbours. There will not be one single machine stitch in this quilt but I have to admit that I have been procrastinating about the actual hand-quilting, even though the quilt, wadding and backing is all sandwiched together and held with quilter’s safety pins. It is awkward to manipulate and hand-quilt because of the sheer weight of it all and also because I am using a large hoop to keep the fabric taut. This is my UFO to finsh next year in Sandie’s UFO challenge. I intend to finish it off by sewing a wide border to the backing fabric, bringing it through to the front, tucking it under the last row of flowers and then using the applique method to stitch the flowers down on the border, making a straight edge.
This is another view of the quilt from the side of the bed. This photo shows the small area where I have begun to hand quilt each hexagon. It’s not particularly hard work, just awkward because of the large ring I am using to hold the quilt taut while I quilt. The quilt measures 11 feet x 10 feet in total with each hexagon measuring 2 1/2 inches across.