14 hours ago
Friday, 9 December 2011
I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am with this quilt. I loved it from the moment I started making hexagons, but now it's quilted (by rock star quilter and total genius, Angela Walters) and bound, washed and in use I can't help but smile every time I look at it.
This thing is HEAVY. I had to send it to Angela in 2 packages - one for the quilt top and one for the backing to keep it at any kind of reasonable cost (it was still a fortune to mail). Fortunately I picked it up from her in person at Quilt Market and carried it home in my suitcase otherwise I dread to think how much shipping would have cost with all that quilting.
Angela, in her usual mind blowing way, has totally exceeded all of my expectations. Each flower is quilted differently. The borders are densely quilted with feathery swirls and down one side she quilted Hexy MF in fancy, scrolled letters.
I honestly cannot recommend her enough for out of this world quilting. If you have a quilt top that is special and you want to have that wow factor added to it, send it to her. I want to make something nice and simple for her too, so all you see is the awesome quilting. That's my mission for the new year. Maybe I'll make another constellation quilt. All that negative space quilted by Angela would be unreal.
I tried to fiddle about with the exposure in this pic so you can get a better look at the quilting - hexy MF is down the left hand side in this pic. Can you see it?
Thank you Angela - you're amazing and constantly amaze me.
If you're braver than me and enjoy quilting, instead of being very, very afraid of it, Angela has written a book that is available for pre-order here. It's bound to be amazing.
EDITED TO INCLUDE QUILT DEETS:
(I couldn't find a tape measure earlier!)
finished size - 69" x 82"
all fabrics for hexagons are Anna Maria Horner from Good Folks, Bohemian and little folks (voiles). Centres of flowers are either Anna Maria Horner little folks dobby dot or an orange shot cotton (that I'm not really certain where it came from or what it is)
I used hexagons that were 1 1/2" for all of the main flowers and then a mix of 1 1/2" and 1" for the border flowers.
When I get some time free I'll do a tutorial for the whole thing. I will. It's on my list of things to do.
in case you're wondering, Hexy MF is named after this (by my all time favouritist musical genius). You probably thought it was, and you were completely right. I did sing to it when I was sewing it.
Posted by Katy Jones at 11:50
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