Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hexagon 2 Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Here is block 2/100.  I couldn't put this one down until it was finished, it became an obsession!! For those people not familiar with the stories of the Gumnut babies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, they are the work of May Gibbs who first introduced them in 1913. They live in the Australian bush and most, if not all, Australian children would have heard of them.  May Gibbs used the stories of the Gumnut babies to teach children about the wonders of the bush; about the animals, birds and insects that live  there and how we must be kind to them.  She was no doubt way ahead of her time because her stories are just as popular now as they were back in 1913 when they first appeared.

This hexagon is based around a print of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie peeping out of their gumnut homes surrounded by their bush friends - a spider, a ladybird (ladybug) and two butterflies.
I spent a long time with my sister yesterday - she is a sane quilter - trying backing fabrics on my two finished hexies. We tried black borders, plain dark coloured fabrics to match each block and printed fabrics and in the end, we both decided that the best look for these hexies is the printed material. For hexie number one I chose some pale blue material with a pattern of pale pink roses and for this Australian bush hexie I have chosen some Gumleaf fabric.