Some of you may remember seeing a link to an auction house in your Facebook UKQU feed recently about the sale of Hannah Hauxwell’s quilts. Someone – I can’t remember who, sorry – said wouldn’t it be great to have the patterns. So . . . I went and looked. As yet the only quilt you can clearly see is one made from a six-pointed star block and a diamond-in-a-square. A simple little quilt at first glance, but those blocks must be quite small, judging by the scale of the prints. I wouldn’t care to piece the star on the machine, but by hand it will make a nice little project.
Of course, from the photo on the website, we have no idea of the finished size of the blocks or quilt, or whether it had a border, or what quilting design was used. But that shouldn’t stop us from making our own interpretation of this pretty little quilt.
I have drawn up (on EQ) the templates you need to make 4 inch blocks and you can download them here. Make as many or as few as you like – anything from a cushion to a double bed quilt. Looking at the photo on the website the same fabrics have been used throughout and in the same positions and I have tried to replicate that in the EQ mock-up here.
But you don’t have to use those colours, or even all the same fabrics. This would make a lovely scrappy pattern, in batiks perhaps
Or how about a more modern take – use a large splashy print, such as this Kaffe Fasset cabbage print and fussy cut it to fit the centre of your diamond-in-a-square, then choose colours from that for your backgrounds and star.
Or just opt for plainer fabrics and keep Hannah’s colourings
Along with the templates your download also includes a blank quilt for you to print out and colour in. Even if you never make the quilt, you can have a lot of fun trying out different colourings!
In the meantime, since I wrote this, we have had some more information and better photos from the auctioneers.
Isn’t it fabulous?! But I can now see that everything I wrote above and the templates I drew are not an accurate representation of this quilt. The blocks are rectangular – based on a hexagon – which is why the stars in the original have all six points touching the edges of the blocks and the ones in my mock-up don’t.
But don’t despair because I have drawn it all out again and you can download the templates to make the rectangular version (4.5 inches x 5.25 inches) here. The original quilt – as you can see – is 12 blocks by 13 which (using my templates) would give you a quilt measuring 59.5 x 62.5 inches not including the border blocks.
I love the fact that the borders are partial blocks. Were these deliberately made or cut down? And the binding is a bright pink. Which sort of goes, but sort of doesn’t.
So – which version will you make? Do you like the whimsy of rectangular blocks, or the traditional comfort of square ones? Or may be even one of each!