We are all familiar with hand quilting, some of us........or so I've heard.... love it, and one of those is Val, in fact she loves it so much she will even accept commissions! yeah, honest!, all it takes is bucks, oh yeah and that other crucial ingredient, a quilt sandwich.
Val has just finished this commission, hand quilting around all those hexagons, even the little ones, and echoing the hexagon pattern in the border. The back of the quilt is just as stunning as the front. What a brilliant idea to use smaller hexagon flowers to form the inner border.
Unfortunately the border photographed very dark, but here is a close up of the border with it's hand quilted hexagon.
Now with the next pic I have to apologise to you all for missing the pic of Sappho's finished quilt, we saw the flimsy, the hand painted backing, and when it comes to the finished quilt, someone mucked up, thankfully I at least got this pic,the quilt was on the show and tell table, not hanging and as Sheila was in a meeting I thought, oh well I will just hang that and get a pic later...........yeah, right, my brain must have been on holidays because I just forgot, so sorry all, and it is fantastic finished.
Sheila machine quilted around the major design elements on the front of the quilt and took a cunningly different slant on tying the quilt, she has used a pretty leaf machine embroidery scattered over the quilt, it looks ever so sweet, the cute little leaves besprinkled over the broderie anglaise, very feminine, all capped off with the pretty pink binding that Sheila has again used a machine embroidery stitch to sew the binding to the quilt.