Hello, all, sorry I've been a while getting round to posting but I've been quite busy on the domestic front, and have been waiting for an email from a quilter/blogger in Australia- more of this later.
Above you can see a photo of a quilt block and border strip which I have been working on/thinking about for ....erm....a couple of years now! Admittedly I have completed other projects along the way, but this has been hanging about for an embarrassingly long time. Mainly because I've had a blank spot about how I'm going to continue with it. I know I'm going to surround each appliqued block (pattern from an old book by Jan Patek) with strips of squares - how many rows I haven't yet decided. But what next?
These small quilts were inspired by Margaret's quilts - her use of naive baskets, her border treatments and layout.
I designed my own baskets, or copied as well I could (you know my standard of drawing!) from pictures of antique naive quilts. These I machine appliqued at the time, and I wish I had stitched by hand, now, but I am still very fond of these little quilts.
It was also when I began stipple quilting by hand, to give that lovely antique look.
I was stunned to see that almost all the appliqued motifs are composed of hexagons, which are then appliqued to the background fabric - hence the ongoing work is referred to as The Sheet! I love it!
The hexagons are built up into differently shaped larger motifs, arranged on the ground fabric and stitched down. A lot of hand-work involved, but I am getting further and further away from enjoying machine work these days, which is why this method really appeals. It isn't fast, but the leisureliness of cutting and hand stitching each hexagon really appeals.
I love the fabric choices, and some very clever 'fussy cutting' going on here. (Fussy cutting is where you select a particular area of the fabric because the design on each hexagon contributes to an over-all effect. It's not an efficient use of fabric, but it does give great design opportunities.)
Never seen hexagons used so beautifully! See how differently the hexagons can be arranged.