Thursday, 30 January 2014

Made: hand sewn star quilt


Finally, over a year and a half in the making, and this quilt is finished. I have a lump in my throat reading back some of my old posts about it here and here. This quilt feels like it has been everywhere with me, and the length of time it has taken to finish means there are so many memories tied up in it.


I've never been in a great hurry to finish this quilt, I love having some hand sewing that I can take around with me, but heading into 2014 if felt like the time was right to make that final push and finish it off. So this weekend, on a rainy Sunday, watching The Goonies with the kids, that's what I did.


And we did a small cheer when I announced it was finished, about time.

This quilt has a decent weight to it, I used Essex Yarn Dyed linen for the hexagons and the Brussels Washer version for the back. It means it is much heavier and warmer than previous quilts which I really like.

The backing wasn't quite wide enough so I added some tiny HST's to make it bigger that were left over from a quilt that didn't happen. I felt guilty every time I saw these sad homeless triangles so it was great to use them up here.


I sewed round alternate hexagons for the quilting, it was a bit stop start, but I found it was easier and I didn't make too many mistakes, I then bound it with this fabric, my favourite for binding.


I had a couple of people ask how to make it, so here is a very brief explanation: it's simple. I found a template online for the diamonds, it's such a long time ago though I can't remember where, Google can help with that, but my diamonds have 6cm long sides.

1.  I sewed them first in groups of 3, alternating colours,
2.  sewed together 2 sets of these groups of 3's to make the stars,
3.  and then held them all together with the hexagons - see, simple!



I did a line of alternating yellow and pink stars and a line of alternating blue and grey stars and then, well, alternated them, this photo shows the pattern best.


In the end the size was determined how by how many diamonds I had cut at the beginning as the fabric was from long sold out collections, but it's a good size to fit one adult, a one squirmy child and a heat seeking Burmese cat.


16 comments:

  1. You genius - it's so lovely. I'd love to learn how to make a quilt one day.

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    1. thank you - I think hand piecing is a good place to start, the mistakes you make are much slower and easier to fix!!

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  2. It's beautiful, Kate! I love that a quilt that's taken so long to make has so many different memories sewn into it. x

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  3. Oh, that is amazing! You chose a great fabric for the hexagons.

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    1. thank you Fran, it was luck really, I'm so happy I did though as it's lovely and warm

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  4. Oh it's beautiful Kate - well worth the year and a half in the making. The memories it holds will make it extra special too. x

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  5. Oh kate, it makes my heart sing

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    1. what a lovely thing to say, thank you Jen :)

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  6. It is so so lovely! Very inspirational - I'm eyeing my stash as I write. :)

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    1. Thanks Heather - it was lovely to make I would definitely give your stash some careful thought :)

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  7. It is absolutely stunning, you must be so proud to have finished it. I adore the colours. And your patience for doing it by hand - wow!

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  8. That is utterly gorgeous and inspiring! :)

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