My oldest WIP

I've been away from blogland for quite a while - not just in writing, but in reading too. One of the things I've noticed since I started catching up about 10 days ago was all the hexagon quilting going on. It's been started by Leanne Beasley's Hexagon Quilt in her Vignette magazine (I've got the first issue and may be starting her Vignette quilt when I get more time to sort my stuff out!) However, it's certainly not a new idea! I thought I should dig out my oldest WIP for you...

I'm pretty sure I've never showed a photo of this on my blog before, which isn't really surprising as I can't remember the last time I touched it. It's a hexagon quilt, hand stitched by me, and I starting it when I was 14. That makes it 20 years old!

It's a scrap quilt, made up of bits of old dresses and leftovers. Here we have two of my mum's '70s sundresses:

The pale blue here is from a bridesmaid's dress I wore when I was 11:

These bizarre pinky orange ones and the cream next door are from hideous school needlework projects that never got worn!

And on the back you can see the cardboard pieces from my teenage years - reused again and again. I recognise Kipling's apple tarts and Cadbury's chocolate cake (both my dad's favourites), Marvel milk (my gran had to have a fat free diet) and the back of a Batchelor's Cup-a-Soup box.

The trouble with it is, although it has a lot of memories, it's so not me in colouring. I don't actually like it very much and have no idea what to do with it. It's double bed size with more hexagons ready to add but it doesn't go with us or our house. I've even thought of offering it to someone who might give it a good home. It needs finishing, washing (it's crumpled and covered in cat hair) and a loving home. Any suggestions?


  1. I love the way it uses so many different fabrics and the stories behind them

  2. It's very beautiful. I love the fabrics you've chosen

  3. It's beautiful, I love the history behind it even if the colours are not right for you anymore.

  4. It's beautiful. I would keep it. Clean it and put it in a box somewhere at the bottom of the closet, but keep it. You never know, as you get older, your taste may change, your color scheme could change, you may just wish you had it because of all the memories it holds--especially of your mom's dresses and of your childhood. It can't possibly be taking up too much room, could it? ;)

  5. It's a beautiful quilt top. I would hang on to it... you may change you mind one day and want to finish and display the quilt. It holds many memories.

  6. I don't do quilting, but I think it's lovely and I hope you find a happy home for it. I love all the stories behind the blocks!

  7. Hi Nicki, you have a beautiful blog and you have done so many lovely projects!! I think your hexie quilt is very pretty.

  8. I think your flower top is just beautiful. I have nearly finished a scrappy flower top. Hexies are definitely the flavour of the month in blogland.
    I have enjoyed visiting your blog.
    Love your felines napping on top of the cupboard.


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