17 January 2013

Hibernating projects

A few years ago I was visiting a quilting friend who had the most beautiful soft floral coverlet on her bed; she gave me some of her scraps and introduced me to the Shabby Fabrics Website I ordered a couple of FQ packs and made my own simple machine pieced coverlet, I use it every summer; I loved it so much that I decided I needed another one for the guest bed, but this time I would hand piece it out of 2" hexagons ;) I drew a rough plan for a 90" x 100" (I know!) coverlet and it was my take along hand piecing project for that summer and the next and the next...
Winter came again and the project was packed away, we moved house a couple of times, there were other fabrics and other quilts to tempt me and these beautiful fabrics were forgotten.
I don't have the inclination (or the time!) to carry on with the original idea, but I do not want to abandon these beautiful fabrics and the work I have done already. Then I remembered seeing a fabulous quilt in Brigitte Gilbin's book 'Feathering Your Nest'
I read that it was inspired by an original quilt by Anna Brereton, which is featured in the 'Quilts of the British Isles' book by Janet Rae - wait a minute I have that book! Doesn't the original look so completely different? I love it too!
I decided to see if I could find fabrics for the centre medallions and some how reuse the part I have pieced as borders. I spent a happy afternoon  making a complete mess careful plan, before starting to EPP some small hexagons for the frames.
I plan to send the next few evenings making hexagon rosettes before auditioning fabrics for the centre fussy cut sections. I have plenty of large hexagons which can be trimmed to complete the centre. I will worry about the rest later!



11 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilting work :)

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  2. This is so gorgeous! Those fabrics are just lovely.

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  3. I love Shabby Fabrics. I have a habit of just buying them so that I have them and then they sit here waiting for that project! x

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  4. Absolutely fantastic!
    Grit from Germany

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  5. I hope you have some inspiration for your hexagons. I love your little he I project bag!

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  6. I love your blocks. I have several of those in the works, too. I am thinking like you....maybe doing the quilt in Brigette's book. Your fabrics are just beautiful.

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  7. How pretty - this will be a beautiful quilt.

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  8. That's going to be so pretty - clever you! Enjoy.

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  9. I think lots of projects need to sit and think before they become what they were really meant to be! (In other words...I have lots of UFOs too!) Thanks for joining HeLP!

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  10. I think I could spend a lovely afternoon with your quilt stash. LOL You have exquisite taste in fabric.

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