Saturday, March 10, 2012
Today I held a baby shower under the elm tree for a lovely friend. It wasn't your usual baby shower. There were no ridiculous games. There was crafting. There was cake and sausage rolls and cucumber sandwiches. And handmade gifts. It was a crafternoonashower.
Thanks to some very able, and tall, helpers, there were lots of Chinese lanterns hanging in the elm tree. And the weather was perfect.
My baby present was a sunny hexagon quilt - the quilt that I started 2 weeks ago in Cobargo, which wasn't supposed to be a baby present, but it turned out it was perfect, so a baby present it is! I always knew the quilt would tell me what it should be...
But it's not finished yet and I still have to quilt and bind it. Unbelievably, I haven't rushed this quilt at all. It took me a week to finish all the hexagons, and another two nights to applique it onto some background fabric. Then it sat around for another couple of nights and on Thursday night I pin basted it. On the dining room table. It worked perfectly, and I am now hooked on the idea of dining room table basting. Beats crawling around on the carpet.
Speaking of hexagons, a few days ago Rita from Red Pepper Quilts posted a photo on Instagram of some hexagon blocks and said she was never going to finish the project. I offered to take them off her hands, and so she sent them to me.
Except what she sent me was quilt a large unfinished piece of work, not just a few blocks! And it's absolutely beautiful.
I can't wait to see what happens with this one. I'm having such a love affair with English paper piecing at the moment.
Because did I tell you? The twisted hexagon quilt top is finally finished ...