Friday, November 6, 2009

In no particular hurry

Whilst I do enjoy running up machine-pieced quilts for faster results my very favourite way to create quilts is by hand.  Slowly. With no particular time frame.  And the more fabrics I can include, the better!
This quilt ticks all those boxes.
The Fabric of Society (Dr Annette Gero and Kim McLean) features a photo of the original, by Frederica Josephson, and gives Kim McLean’s instructions for her version.  Kim’s quilt uses traditional fabrics deliciously fussy-cut to achieve a look that is full of vibrant colour and movement.
A couple of years ago quilter Kerry Dear created her version -inspired by Kim’s! 
Kerry’s quilt, Candied Hexagons, appeared as a cover quilt in Quilter’s Companion magazine and was so popular that the particular issue completely sold out.  It used Marti Michell templates and was machine pieced.
Most of the fabrics in this version were glorious brights by Kaffe Fassett, red polka dots, golden yellows and voluptuous flower prints, producing a thoroughly modern take on Frederica Josephson’s original. IMG_1745
Lurline and Janet have made their versions too.
Mine is reasonably traditional, something of a stash-buster, using many of my large-print florals.  I’m trying to keep it light and bright, and stitching the hexagons by hand over English papers.
Who would have thought there’d be so many ways to piece together a hexagon?
It’s such a deliciously relaxing way to create a quilt….eventually.
IMG_1744 What’s your favourite way to create a quilt?


  1. Sometimes it's nice to enjoy the journey without rushing to the destination!

  2. Oh... this looks lovely... warm and cool at the same time... a bit Miss Marplish... laying over a white cane day bed.

    I'm a handpiecer through and through... but also love english paper piecing, so a project like this is just up my alley.

  3. Di, these pieces are looking absolutely stunning! It's tempting to toss out my color choices and make a switch to something similar to yours. I love it. Keep up the charming color and focus scheme. It works perfectly.

  4. Di, You and your friends quilts Candied hexagons , are gorgeous, Mine will be mostly Kaffes and I am enjoying a portable project and sitting at night mostly to do it.! As if i don't have enough projects on the go already.....


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