Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hexagon Heaven

Martha Washington's Flower Garden
Today it's all about inspirational photos.

This is the hexagon quilt of my dreams. It is called Martha Washington's Flower Garden and was stitched around 1840 by Hannah Wallis of Philadelphia. I can't even begin to imagine the number of hexagons we're talking about here but I do find it interesting that the colour palette is still very contemporary. These colours are so warm and comforting but I've seen a similar quilt a few years ago at a local quilt show that were done in hot, clear colours and it worked equally well. It had come all the way from Australia to be part of a local show and to this day I regret not getting a photo of it because it was truly spectacular. 

It's on display at the DAR Museum in Washington, DC, which was founded in 1890 concurrent with its parent organization, the National Society Daughters of the Revolution, and collects quilts of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Grandmother's Garden

This is a more contemporary Grandmother's Garden quilt from a recent edition of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine that I love as well. The palette would be ideal for our living room. Just goes to show you the flexibility of the humble hexie.