It is really frustrating when I am making something that is a present for someone and so cannot share progress pictures online on Instagram and Twitter. It just feels really strange! Happily though, this item has now been gifted to Heather and I can share it on here.
I am not sure if this is a Table Runner or a Mini Quilt but I will let Heather decide the best way that it fits in her home. I made a pile of rainbow hexagons when I was in Cornwall at the start of the year. I just loved the colours and didn’t really have any plans for them once made. I made a couple of flowers with some and then decided that the colours would make a perfect gift for Heather. I know from her Growing Spaces blog that she has bright primary colours in her home so I wanted to make them into something that would work in her home.
I sewed 4 of each colour hexagon together and then created a staggered rainbow effect. Once this had been all sewn together I pressed it carefully and removed all the papers and basting stitches as I pinned it into place of a background of Kona Snow.
I machine appliqued it in place and then basted it together with a layer of wadding and a backing of plain red cotton. I echo quilted all around the edge using green, then blue, then yellow thread. I love the pattern that it makes on the back.
I added triangles on each corner so if Heather decides it is a mini quilt for the wall she can choose whichever orientation that she prefers. Finally I added a binding of Kona Lagoon, machine stitched to the front and handstitched to the back. It is definitely time to learn how to mitre my corners when I do this as they are bulky and scruffy!
I am really proud of this as it is the first thing that I have really designed from start to finish by myself.
Name: Hexie Rainbow Mini Quilt
Number of hexagons: 28
Finished size: 27″ x 15″