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Monday, August 20, 2012
After 12 years a labour of love is finished!!
It is 12 years since I first started my hexagon quilt - Nell's Garden. Finally it is finished and on my bed!
I've called it 'Nell's Garden' in memory of a dear Aunt who taught me to sew, knit and embroider when I was a little girl. She loved her garden and she also loved making hexagons. Auntie Nell had them all over her house - even the curtains in her spare bedroom were made from hexagons! Most special of all I was allowed to take the papers out!! How good was that? When she knew her time was coming she gave me her cardboard shapes - a whole shoe box full - my uncle who worked for a Greeting Card company had them specifically cut on the guillotines at work using some of the excess greeting card paper. They measure 7/8", not sure why they are this size.
When I started to cut out the material I chose to fussy cut the centres of the flowers to represent something that is found outside or in the garden. You can see from the following two pictures some of the centres.
For the border I chose a brick red to 'fence' her garden and make it safe for all the kids who used to play there. You can also see that I quilted (by hand) around each hexagon. That is why it has taken so long to finish.