Finished Patchwork Hexagon Quilt

I’ve finished. I’ve finally finished my hexagon patchwork quilt. It has been a long project. I started cutting out and forming these hexagons 17 years ago. Soon after, a house move meant that all the pieces were hidden in a bag and joined my other work-in-progress projects.

Then last year, I finally dug them out again and the sewing began. I wanted to make the quilt totally by hand. It made the perfect project for picking up at odd moments or evenings in front of the fire. Plus it kept my lap warm, which is an advantage in an old house like ours.hexagon patchwork quilt on swinging bench


The sun shone today. Thank you! This quilt has been my winter project and now it is finished, it feels like I’m ready to let go of Winter and move on to Spring. Plus AJ found a sleepy ladybird woken by the warmer day. What more can I say.

Yes, I think I’m ready to dig out the pots and seeds and get started with my planting. Spring and my kitchen garden are calling. The children spent all day outside and there was even the first bike ride of the year.

Not that it is the end of my patchworking. I’m really happy with the quilt. It is my first ever quilt and I have definitely caught the bug, which is lucky as I still have several hundreds of hexagons waiting to be sewn into something else. I hope it doesn’t take me another 17 years. Hmm. Maybe next winter’s project.

Joining in with Silverpebble and Thrifty Household’s Making Winter Blog Hop and Natural Suburbia

30 thoughts on “Finished Patchwork Hexagon Quilt

  • Saturday 25 February, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! I love hexagons. And how excellent they do look in your quilt. What a clever girl you are…taking 17 years to finish it. Now you have an instant heirloom – no aging required ;-). Well done!

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      17 years seems a long time. I like the idea that it is an instant heirloom! 😀

  • Sunday 26 February, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Cheryl it’s amazing, such a lot of work must have gone into sewing this quilt, all that hand stitching……………..I’m sure this beautiful patchwork quilt will be treasured for years to come. Well worth the 17 year wait I’d say. xx

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to start this project, if I had known just how long it would take. Loved doing all the hand stitching. I will be doing more. Just not yet! 😀

  • Sunday 26 February, 2012 at 6:59 am

    What a beautiful quilt – full of sunshine & warmth! & how wonderful to finish it after so long a gestation period – intensely satisfying I guess. I love the pic with two of your hens admiring your handiwork! As they should!

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      It may have been a winter project, but I’m with you about the sunshine and warmth. The chickens were starting to peck it and then realised that the flowers were not real. The children thought it was hysterical!

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      I have no idea how many hours I have put into this quilt. It was very relaxing to make and I learnt masses. I’m so happy with the results, which is all that matters really. 🙂

  • Sunday 26 February, 2012 at 11:28 am

    What a beautiful work! Wish you much fun and plenty of motivation for your next quilt!!!

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Julia. I’m looking forward to starting the next one.

  • Sunday 26 February, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Wow, finished after 17 years, that is a wonderful end to a winter project! It’s no wonder the sun came out to see it…. 😀

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      I was pleased to see the sun too!! 😀

  • Sunday 26 February, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Oh Well Done, Seriously… That is impressive and what a glorious day to celebrate it with!!! My mom started a quilt like that when I was a small child, you won’t believe it… but my dad made a special chest in the lounge for her patchwork, and I bet that quilt is still in there… in piles and piles of little cut out hexagons!!! Feels like yesterday!!!

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      You are going to have to investigate. Its amazing how quickly the years go by and hexagons can hide! So many memories to relive! 😀

  • Sunday 26 February, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I have a not-quite-finished-quilt lurking in a cupboard making me feel guilty…maybe I should just get it out & get it finished like you’ve done! It looks wonderful & it’s well worth the celebration.

    Thank you for linking to the Making Winter Blog Hop

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      I hope you do dig it out and finish your quilt. Such a satisfying feeling when it is finished. Loved joining in with the Making Winter Blog Hop.

  • Monday 27 February, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Lovely quilt, can imagine the long hours of work that have gone into it, it looks great out in the sunshine! x

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      I enjoyed doing it by hand, even if it took several times longer. Less intrusive in family life than a sewing machine clattering on!

  • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 2:27 am

    oh cheryl, it is so beautiful, you must be so proud ! and look at those big healthy chooks ! xxx

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks angelina. The chickens are all in fine fettle. Amazing how fast those feathers grow when it gets colder round here.

  • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Wow! The finished article looks great. I gave up thinking I’d get around to making a quilt with some precut hexagons I was given and made flying beanbags instead! A whole quilt was beyond me.

    • Tuesday 28 February, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      I love your shooting stars. Great idea.

  • Wednesday 29 February, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Wow! Congratulations! It looks amazing. I actually remember when you posted about it for the first time and I was impressed that you were picking up a project after 17 years. It must feel fantastic to have acomplished it. Well done.

    • Wednesday 29 February, 2012 at 9:19 am

      It has been a looong time coming! Huge satisfaction that I’ve seen such a big project through. 😀

  • Thursday 1 March, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Gorgeous! Really impressive that you finished a project that you started 17 years ago! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  • Friday 2 March, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    That is one labor of love! and, its your first quilt?! awesome work! first quilts are always special.. treasure yours in the days to come..

  • Monday 5 March, 2012 at 9:45 am

    What a beautiful quilt! You’ve inspired me to get think about getting out the patchwork that I have had half done in my sewing basket for 15 years – maybe one day…

    • Monday 5 March, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Its amazing how many people have half finished quilts hidden away. Until I posted, I thought that I was the only one who took years to finish. Once I picked it up again, I was so determined to finish.

  • Friday 25 May, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I started a hexagon quilt in December 2010 and am still working on this. Your quilt is beautiful and a great inspiration to me to keep going. Well done!


    • Friday 25 May, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Angela. I hope you are enjoying making your quilt. I’m itching to start another one, as I have a bag of hexis just waiting.

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