I’ve got a pretty broad range of fabrics in my stash and what I make reflects that spectrum. I have an equal opportunity (and era) stash. However, I do love hand sewing and since I love paper piecing hexagons I thought I’d give it a whirl with some different shapes and historic fabrics.
I wasn’t prepared for all those ANGLES. I can stitch hexagons in my sleep but the octagons and coffins (my word) were a new ball game. To make matters worse, I PAID FOR THE SCRAPS so I couldn’t ditch the project. No, I am not insane – they are the gleanings from late 1800′s – early 1900′s quilts that have been rescued and conserved by loving professionals. In some cases, entire portions of the quilt had to be removed and the surrounding fabric was lovingly harvested and sold for around $8 a bag. To a good home, you might say.
I bought a bag of the scraps just to touch them, to study up close and personal how those fabrics were made, the stunning colors and intricate designs. They just breathed life. I didn’t know what I would do with them until I hit on the idea of paper piecing a little something to go on my end table. (Okay, probably under glass, I spill a lot of coffee.) I felt compelled to gently hand wash them, let them air dry and used the survivors in this bit of piecing. I like the idea of giving those very old fabrics a very new life. The gold connecting squares and the border fabric are not old, just reproduction fabrics in the same color family. Even though from now on I will probably stick to hexagons, I really like this little bit of a thing and can’t wait to see it finished.