Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Making it up as I go along?

Progress with my "Forever" hexagon quilt has felt painfully slow this month.  Why it should feel so slow now when it has been more than two and a half years in the making, I'm not sure.  Maybe it's just that the end seems so close, yet so far away.

Anyhoo ...

I have decided that having made it this far without the use of a sewing machine on this quilt, that it sort of deserves to be finished by hand, too.  Perhaps I just fancy being able to say that I have made one entire quilt (albeit not terribly large) by hand in my lifetime - and no, I cannot imagine there ever being another!

Finishing a quilt by hand, especially when I've decided not to square it off but keep the hexagon shaping around the edges, is not something I am familiar with.  So I'm sort of winging it a little.  First of all, I've added the back border of hexagons, right side down on top of the front border and whip stitched in place around the quilt.

Next, I basted the top to the wadding and yes, I took a lot of time to cut the wadding into shape, basted the backing on and cut it to shape also. (Tedious springs to mind, but I'm sure it'll be worth it.)

Basted front and back
Normally, I would quilt before I cut my wadding and backing down to size, but for this quilt I need to be able to quilt in the border so I want to deal with it first.  I'm hoping I haven't made a mistake in changing the "natural" order of things - I'll let you know if I discover (belatedly) a reason why I really shouldn't have.

Having removed the papers, I turned the hexie border over gently, pushing out the points with my trusty crochet hook and enclosing the wadding and backing fabric underneath it.  It's all pinned safely down and I'm currently stitching it in place with an invisible applique stitch just as I would finish binding on any other quilt.

Eventually, I hope to be able to use these perle cottons to finish the quilt with some handquilting.

Many, many times I have been tempted to just whip this through the sewing machine to get it finished, but I think I would regret it if I did that.  So, I'm trying to remain patient and move towards the quilt finish just one stage at a time.  This quilt is becoming the elephant I'm trying to eat, I think!


  1. Wow, what a beautiful qiilt...such talent Sarah x

  2. I don't have the patience to start a quilt completely made by hand. Yours looks beautiful and is a real achievement! Congratulations.

  3. You are going to be so proud of this when it is done and so pleased you did it all by hand. I love the way you did the 'binding'. Ingenious!

  4. Great idea for the binding. You'll be pleased you did it this way (when it's done!)

  5. That's the most impressive elephant I've ever seen! The perle colours look perfect! Jxo

  6. That really is impressive! Good for you for sticking with the decision to hand quilt - it will be so worth it :-)

  7. That quilt is no elephant, it is beautiful and you are nearly there. Di x

  8. It is looking amazing and having seen it in real life, I know how those colours really look! Fantastic job Sarah


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