The original quilt is dated c. 1840 and is still in the family.
The family is from the village of Hattem. The quilt has passed through the female lines of the family. Sadly the original makers name is unknown.
The reproduction in the book used a neutral beige hexagon for the setting of the florets. I opted for the light blue setting hexagons to look more like the original.
The book has many photos of the original and reproduction.
For the border, I finally cut into some of my favorite fabrics, "Lately Arrived" a Barbara Brackman line by Moda.
The use of stripes in the original was very effective. I used several stripes.
The book authors called the quilt Circle of Witches - I don't know why. Perhaps because the selective cut prints are so bewitching?
Hexagons can be addictive? What do you think?
UPDATED: The name circle of witches (heksenkring) is also the name of a circle of mushrooms found in the forest, maybe that is where the name comes from. Kleine Vingers
I did make some personal modifications.
The side edges I used half florets.
Unlike the original I finished the top and bottom edges with full florets.
I hand pieced the hexagon panel to the border.
I used 1/2" hexagon papers.
There are 839 hexagons in my quilt - including the partials.
The florets are sometimes selectively cut.
Others I made more scrappy. The setting blue is consistent throughout.
This was such a nice filler project - portable for travel and fun.
I have more hexagon projects in the works.
How about you?
I was very pleased to find this cotton that has the look of a hand loomed cotton/linen.
I'm adding a label and a sleeve this morning and it will be ready to travel!
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