Thursday, June 15, 2017

A polka dot finish

All is well here but I've been more than busy doing trunk shows and teaching. Teaching means making samples so I've made quite a few quilt tops and am itching to quilt at least some of them! I've also been working on projects for myself.

Do you remember these blocks? I used two different polka dot fabrics. One has a slightly smaller dot than the other. Both had stark white backgrounds (nothing that a pot of tea couldn't fix)! Although I'm partial to fussy cutting there is no fussy cutting in the blocks since there is enough going on with the dots and chintz print I used for the path that will connect the blocks.


After many hours of stitching the blocks were put together to make the quilt top. My friend was hand quilting a quilt and it made my fingers itch to do some hand quilting. There's just nothing like the feel of a hand quilted quilt so after many hours of work the itchy fingers have turned into sore fingers but at least the quilt is hand quilted! The photo doesn't do it justice. In real life the colours are much warmer and it looks old and loved. I test drove the quilt on my bed last night and the cats gave it the seal of approval! So what do I call this quilt? I call it Tea Dot!


I didn't want to trim the hexagons and I didn't want a border so I finished the edges with a facing made of hexagons.


It is a time consuming way to finish the edge but it was the look I was going for so it was worth the effort. If anyone is interested in a tutorial for this method let me know and I'll write one and post it here!

Until I post again (hopefully sooner rather than later) happy sewing!
Karen H



23 comments:

  1. Love that faced edge! It looks spectacular, both front and back.
    Though I gotta admit, you had me at the dots...

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  2. I'm glad you are well, Karen, I've wondered what you've been up to. I am curious about that faced edge, but I admit I probably will never do it, now that hand sewing is such a challenge. Looks great, though! Nice to see you back. :D

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  3. What a wonderful way to finish a quilt. I would love to try it. Tutorial please.

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  4. I love that faced edge and would love to learn how to do it.

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  5. Your quilt is beautiful and I would love to hear about how you did the finished edging. I think I have it figured out but would like to hear for sure.

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  6. Love your quilt and yes I would like a tutorial. Thanks!

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  7. Hi, Karen. Congrats on a finish! I'm almost finished w Edyta Sitar's quilt on the cover of her book, "Handfuls of Scraps." I, too, want to hand-quilt it, but I'm not sure how to do it. How did you quilt your hexie quilt?

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  8. I really like the way this is finished, and find the quilt much more interesting than I thought it might be. Beautiful! I would love to see a tutorial on the way you finished it, since I hate to trim my hexis off and add a border.

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    1. Sorry I couldn't send you a personal note but you are a no reply blogger. The tutorial is now posted. Enjoy!

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  9. So glad all is well with you and hopefully by now all the house renovations will have been complted. Hope Mum is still well too.
    I used that finish on my Happy Scrappy Quilt but some of my hexi edges lost some of the wadding, so they are left feeling thin lol Next time I will cut the wadding an inch or two larger!

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  10. So happy to see a post from you. Your hexie quilt is gorgeous and I do think the finish suits it really well. Love the dots! Glad you are having fun teaching - you are so skilled and make such lovely things. I bet your students are just lapping up each word.

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  11. I love what you did with the polka dots! This is stunning, and the edges push it right over the top! I am not sure I can figure out quite how you did it...

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  12. Great effect, I love the fabrics you chose and really like the back. I was thinking aboutyou just yesterday so I was pleased to see your post today.

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  13. Yay! So happy to hear everything is good with you. The quilt is wonderful--I love your finishing technique and the backing is beautiful too!

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  14. So good to hear from you and that all is well. A stunning quilt with a fabulous finish. I'd love to learn how to do a facing edge like that.

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  15. Enjoyed seeing the polka dots and they sparked lots of ideas!
    I would also like a tute on the hexagon facing, please.

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    1. Sorry I couldn't send you a personal note but you are a no reply blogger. The tutorial is now posted. Enjoy!

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  16. Lovely to hear from you again. Tea Dot is beautiful, it looks like a vintage quilt with a modern twist!

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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  17. Good morning, I love your quilt!! I love hand quilted quilts too-and love how you finished the edges-will remember that one
    Happy Saturday Kathy

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    1. yes I would love the tutorial on how you finished the edges-thanks

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  18. I like your Polka dot quilt. I saw another quilt with the same edge. I love it.
    Dientje uit Nederland.

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  19. Wow, this is stunning and making my eyes feel a bit weird. I think for me its dots. Lovely finish!

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