It started when the generous and delightful Hadley sent me this lovely package of paper and fabric hexies she cut. I was going to wait until the baby had arrived to sit and do something with them but I'm impatient (clearly!) and couldn't resist jumping in.
I had originally thought of making a cushion but since we are getting prepared and got the baby car seat out of the attic, I decided a cute car seat quilt would be a nicer idea.
Huge thank you again Hadley!!
It took a while to decide on what pattern to make - I was going to go with flowers but then I decided I wanted something a little different (and more neutral) so I made rows of different lengths and sewed them together. I apologise that it's all crinkly but that's what happens when you hand quilt something and I have NO desire to do any ironing ;)
I added some other fabrics from my stash and think they blend well all together.
It was pieced using Aurifil 50wt and then appliqued on to some Kona Ash (from Fluffy Sheep Quilting) - I just stitched around the edges on my machine. I then hand quilted it using Anchor Perle around the hexies and down some of the rows. I felt much more confident hand quilting after I read Susan's post - reassuring and helpful - thanks Susan!
The backing is a brushed cotton, which I think my cousin gave me - it's so soft and I love the gingham!
The binding was made of scraps of binding I'd used in other projects - love that, it's like it's ready made!
Because I stitched the hexies onto the background it looks a little 3D - I like that it makes the hexies stand out:
I also haven't shown you this little bag I made my mum for Christmas. She actually used to drive a green citroen 2CV and then she had a white one - so I knew she'd love this great little panel of fabric I got from the Festival of Quilts. It is made by Il était une fois, an adorable family business in France. I was with Nat and learnt a little more about them because she could talk the native language :)
I used the Summersville I embroidered on the back and happily she loved it!
over at Quokka Quilts this week, she has a few fab little finishes to share
and has made me want a laundry basket trolley!!
and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts