Six months ago I embarked on a healing journey… It included several at home tests that required spending hours on the couch. I found that very hard to imagine and decided to start a new, all handwork, project. I wasn’t sure where it would lead but within a week I was producing hexagons by the dozens and thanks to my somewhat obsessive compulsive personality I was hooked! I took my paper hexagons and fabric scraps everywhere. On car trips into town, time in coffee shops, at doctor and lab appointments and various meetings I was busily basting fabric to paper. I could not wait to join some of these hexagons to create rosettes and butterflies.
By late April I was creating rosettes and butterflies and I liked what I saw. Soon I had a more definite plan on how to join the individual components into a cohesive design.
I did not buy any fabrics for the quilt top. But after I found out that my grand-niece’s favourite colour is purple I did look and find a suitable backing.
Originally I planned to do the quilting by machine. However, by the time I had joined top to backing by hand I realized that it was imperative to maintain the heirloom quality of the creation. I decided to hand-quilt, not an easy feat without a frame. I spent an evening on the studio floor hand-basting the layers together and started quilting from the butterfly border toward the centre. Amazingly enough, I have no puckers, there was no shifting of the layers and my originally feeble attempt of hand-quilting became more even.
With a month to go before I deliver this quilt I decided to appliqué the leftover rosettes and one butterfly to the backing. I also attached a hanging sleeve in case they want to adorn the bedroom wall instead.
The quilt will be delivered on November 1st when Anni turns three. It measures 62″ x 53″ and has 2003 individual hexagons in the top alone.
I can’t wait to see her reaction when she unwraps it on her birthday!