The other day I found a small hexagon quilt at the op shop for $5. I was very impressed with the colours, but it had a growing hole in the middle, so I thought about making it into some cushion covers. The other night at Lucky Penny I was raving about the spontaneity of this type of quilting, done long before 1/4" seams and rotary cutters. It's random and lovely. It's all hand-stitched. I wanted to give it new batting and do a bit of hand-quilting to give it some love. Then I opened it up and discovered this:
It's unbelievable how somebody could keep track of all those shapes; they were all randomly cut without a template. There's no consistent seam allowance, no ironing, lots of bunched up bits and not a chance of me getting through so many layers with a needle. This is what it looks like after an ironing session:
Today I did a bit of machine quilting, gave it a blue linen backing and red piping. I'm pretty happy with the result:
The massive woolen blanket I got on the same day had very frayed edges, so I've given it a lovely floral binding (Reprodepot fabric from Spotlight). I initially thought about giving it a satin border, but at $4.50 a metre (and needing around 9m!), that was never going to happen. And Plan B turned out much nicer than a piece of satin ribbon ever would, don't you think?