Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Our hand pieced hexagon quilt 2006

Early in 2006 we asked Linda Butcher, one of the ladies working at the Purple Patch, to help us design a quilt to be raffled and mentor us through the construction period.

Linda came up with a great design of pieced hexagons, and we were off to a flying start.

The hexagons were pieced into stars by hand, and then hand appliqued to a neutral background.  These blocks were then sewn together by machine.  Once the quilt top was complete, we had it professionally quilted by Emi's Walton of Emi's Patch.

Most of the work we did at home, but we had several days where we brought our machines to the meeting and sewed the blocks together.  As always there was much hilarity while we worked on these days.

Rema, Dasha, Colleen, Darleen & Jill

Rema & Colleen

The finished quilt

We decided to donate the quilt to the Catholic Women's League, who were planning a State Conference in Adelaide in August. 

Here we are at the handover.  Colleen, Darleen, Kathy (owner of the Purple Patch), Lyn, and Jill were all able to be there at the handover.

The raffle was drawn at the Conference Dinner on the 17th August 2006.  It raised over $8,000 for charity, and the quilt, which had been valued for us at $1,500, was won by a Broken Hill resident.  We were all absolutely overwhelmed at the success of this projecct.

A big vote of thanks had to go to Linda for the terrific design, and her patient leadership throughout the year.

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