Hexagon Quilting over the Years

I made my first ever hexagons in 1984. My grandmother, Elsie, and I took a quilting course at Bowen Park. We learned how to do English paper piecing for one of the blocks in the sampler we were making. Here’s the story on that. It was supposed to be a four block wall hanging, introducing us to a few different aspects of quilting. Applique, paper piecing and using templates. We pooled our blocks together and made a baby quilt for one of my nephews.

We were some kind of pleased when we had it finished. I laugh when I see the work in this one. The quilt itself was hand quilted, lots of free space. I still have the instructions all hand written as the instructor gave them. There are notes in the margins telling me to stitch around the appliques and down the lattice strips. The templates that we used to complete this beauty were made from brown paper bags and discarded hospital xrays. :) It cost us $20 for an 8 session course. The fabric was $3 per metre. I’m pretty sure the light green is a poly cotton. The red is left over from a dress I made my daughter back in 1981.

I have always loved handwork. When Doris, Wanda and I had a chance to see Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter in Campbell River we jumped at it and the hexagon course she was teaching. She introduced us to plastic templates! Quilt Patis by Pati Shambaugh

We were given 7 pieces and proceeded to make our hexagon flowers. They sure make crisper flowers. One of the flowers is made using the plastic and the other paper. I mean once we got started it was hard to stop!

I’ve been working on this one ——> for a few years now. I like to think that it is part of the “Slow Stitching Movement” created by Mark Lipinski. It is definitely a slow process, picked up now and again when I’ve got nothing else at hand.

So, back to the reason for this post. I have finally finished this 42″ square quilt. I had a quilt magazine that showed this quilt as a wallhanging. I loved it and brought it out again once I rediscovered making hexagons. While on an awesome Neighbours in the Hood trip to Gibsons I purchased the fabrics to make it. This was in August 2009. Those hexagon flowers are appliqued onto 9″ squares and set with what they called the Thrifty block. I finished this in April 2012.


Last week being February 2018, I decided I’d get to marking the quilt top for cross hatching the background. I stitched 1/4″  around the inside of the flower petals and centre.

I made the binding when I finished the flimsy. Another one out of the cupboard! Summer is coming so perhaps it’ll become my out door table cloth! :)

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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