In July 2014, I started to baste hexagons using a mini charm pack of Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille. I then added to that with two other ranges by the same designers: Miss Kate and Marmalade, I think. To begin with, I did not have a clue what I was going to make except that it would be with hexagons.
Now, I have a cushion!
During my September and October 2014 trip to Japan and Canada, I took the hexies I had basted as my holiday sewing project. I sewed them on Japan Airlines flights, which started fun conversations with the Japanese flight attendants, and I sewed them in a motel in my husband’s Canadian home town. I finished the cushion-sized panel during the three-week trip and even bought the fabric for the cushion back in Canada.
In November last year, I started hand quilting the panel on retreat. Hand quilting this was supposed to be my warm-up or practice for hand quilting Dear Jane. Phil suggested quilting the hexagons with circles (she is very clever), which I did, and I am so happy with the effect. I used Gütermann thread for the quilting but the base of Aurifil thread spools as the circular template.
I carefully matched up the pattern on the back of the cushion, but as I used a button closure, the fat cushion insert stretches the join a bit. Trust me when I say that the pattern lines up perfectly when not stuffed.
And there are bobbles! This is my first pompom trim on a cushion. Expect many more. I am in love.
Can anyone explain why we love hexies so much when it can take almost two years from start to finish for a mere cushion cover? I am thinking of doing it all over again and starting another!
Am I crazy? Probably.