Meet Isfahan

The quilt formerly known as Car Quilt.

The second border has been appliqued on. I'm leaving it this size.

The second border has been appliquéd on.
I’m leaving it this size – my fingers have had enough!

It’s now 50 x 46″ and therefore large enough to qualify as a lap quilt for my father. At the age of 91, he’s reluctantly moving back to the UK to live with my brother. After 30 years in Spain, the climate is going to be a bit of a challenge, so this quilt will help to keep him warm, tucked around his legs as he reads or watches TV. Bright colours and modern prints are not really his thing, and he’s always loved the rich warm colours of Persian rugs, so this is his own personal Isfahani rug. Besides, it goes with my brother’s décor!

I’m backing it with dark blue fleece for extra warmth, which would make hand quilting exceptionally tricky. So it’s going to be either machine quilted, or it’ll be my first tied quilt.  I’m inclining towards tied, and am considering what colour to use for the floss ties. I’d do a tie in the centre of each of the beige ‘breather’ hexagons, so it’d end up being tied every 3 inches or so, which is plenty. I’m also having a poke around in my  scraps to see what colour I can use for binding. It really needs more dark blue, but I don’t have any left. What I do have is a fair bit of each of the featured fabrics, so it may end up with the scrappy binding of all time.

Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet) flower, just out and a tiny bit sorry for itself.

Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet) flower,
just out and a tiny bit sorry for itself.

The sun is out again today, although the wind is still strong and gusty.  I went out hopefully with my camera to try and capture some flowers.  The passion flowers have either not yet opened, or are on their way out, victims of rain, wind and grasshoppers. The Brugmansia flower is all the way out, but has been beaten against nearby leaves by the wind, and is looking a bit brown around the edges. Still pretty, though. I’m hoping it’ll survive long enough to get a bit more colour.

That’s it for today.  Tomorrow I shall cut the fleece to size, pin the layers together and if time permits, start doing the ties.

8 thoughts on “Meet Isfahan

  1. I’ve not seen a hexagon quilt with a border like this, and I really, really like it. I cannot believe you appliquéd all that down since the last update! Are you a speed quilter?
    I hope your dad settles back in to the UK well. You must have been to Spain to see your dad. I’ll have to pick your brains as I am going there in a fortnight.

    • katechiconi says:

      The chequerboard border is machine pieced, but the blue border is hand sewn. My hand sewing is pretty fast, and once you’re in the groove it goes easily. I did two sides last night and two sides today. And I can crank out hexies at light speed because I don’t cut the fabric to fit the template, I use 2.5″ squares and just wrap them round as I go.

      I used to go to Spain twice a year for 20 years, until I emigrated to Australia. So if I can help you with any information, I’d be very happy to. You have my email address, fire off some questions and I’ll see what I can do! And if you want a face to face and have Skype we can have a chat. Let me know and I’ll send my Skype address.

  2. Your Dad is lucky to have such a great family. I just know he will love this quilt. 🙂

  3. dayphoto says:

    You work is outstanding. I can imagine your Father will think of you every time it is layed about his legs!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://handcraftedbyus.wordpress.com
    ♬♬♬ Happy Saint Patrick’s Day ♬♬♬

  4. modflowers says:

    Lovely quilt! Really beautifully done.

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