English patchwork over papers.

As you may have read on my blog, this is one of the earliest types of English Quilting.

Traditionally made using a hexagon template, (you can use other shapes), one of the most popular designs is called 'Grandmothers Garden'.

(There are some lovely antique examples of these types of quilts on the V&A website).

I decided to make my version of an 1800's 'Grandmothers Garden Quilt'. This has a black background/surround, so is very striking.

                                 INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO MAKE THE QUILT.

First I cut out my template from card. (Not too thick, as you need to be able to tack through it). Anything will do. It just needs to keep the shape of the template, but allow you to push a needle through it. Mine are about 2 1/2" across, but you can do them any size.

Then you need to select your fabrics, and cut out. (I make my fabric hexagons 1/4" bigger than the finished size. You can make a template 1/4 inch bigger to make cutting out easier).
You don't have to be so precise, but I think it gives a neater finish.

You can have a different centre, or all the same, the choice is yours!

Then fold the fabric over the template & tack. (You don't have to be neat at this, just make sure the corners are sewn down well.

                       Next, hand sew your hexagons together using a "whip" stitch.

                                                      They will look like this:

Then, you can either remove the middle paper, (not the outer ones, or it will drop apart), or you can leave it in & remove when the quilt is finished. (I remove it so I can reuse the template, otherwise the quilt becomes heavy & you need to cut loads of templates.

                                                It will look like this at the back:

                                          Then keep going until you have a pile:

                               Then you can start & assemble your piece of history!

                                               This is mine so far...............................

                      Once the hexagons are surrounded, you can then remove the papers.



                                            One day I might actually finish it!


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