Coverlets, French fabrics, Handmade, handwork, hexagons, Paper Piecing, repairing and restoration, vintage fabrics
Soft, muted colours were used to create this hexagon and diamond coverlet.
The maker had a large collection of the patterned and plain material available to work with. The fabric is a heavy weight cotton, possibly furnishing fabrics.
The maker arranged the plains and patterned fabrics to create a medallion setting and fussy cut her pieces. The colours in the coverlet are subtle and beautiful. The quilt is finished with a French braid. The use of the braid to finish the edges of a hexagon quilt is worth noting.
The quilt was pieced using the English paper piecing method. I found small traces of papers in the corners of the quilt, which unfortunately were too small to provide any information.
The quilt was purchased at an auction in country Victoria and it was stated that it was bought in France. The fabrics verify this. My research on the fabrics used in the coverlet suggest it may have been stitched between 1920s to 1950s. This is also the opinion of two textiles specialists that I consulted.
The hexagons measure 3.5 x 4 cm with an outside edge of 2 cm. The diamonds are a tiny 2 cm x 3.5 cm. The coverlet measures 220 cm x 150 cm.
There are some unravelled seams that need attention and are on my list of repairs to be carried out. Winter has arrived in my part of the world and it is perfect weather for stitching. I hope to finish quite a few quilting projects during the cooler months including repairs to some of the old quilts in my collection.
Take care and Happy Stitching, Janette – The Plain Needlewoman
I wonder how long the maker worked on this! Lovely quilt.
Hi Deb, quite a while I should think. English Paper Piecing is not a method I prefer – it is very slow work. But of course very accurate.
Thank you for your interest, kind regards
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I don’t care for English paper piecing either,so I really admire anyone who has patience to do it.