Recycle an Antique, Hexagon Quilt!

Customer Quilts | October 22, 2015 | By

My quilt guild, Kaw Valley Quilters Guild, in Lawrence, KS, had Mary Kerr as our guest this week. Mary’s current book, “Recycled Hexie Quilts”, includes two beautifully transformed tops that I had the pleasure to quilt. The first one is titled, “A Summer Breeze”.


Mary used four floral applique blocks along with fragments of a hexie top. The finished size is 45″ square. This top had so many possibilities for design. I was so pleased with the results!









The second top, “Lovebirds”, was the marriage of a red embroidered block from the 1940’s and a portion of an 1890 mosaic top. I wanted to keep this simple and make sure the original embroidery would pop. The border was very simple, straight line quilting.






Don’t miss a Mary Kerr lecture if you get an opportunity. She has a vast knowledge of quilt history and can entertain her audience as she weaves her wonderful stories.


Kelly Cline and Mary Kerr


Finally, don’t miss this book! It has loads of ideas to reuse, repurpose, and recycle those hexie pieces from the past. Best of all, I’VE GOT ONE TO GIVEAWAY! Comment here for your chance to win by telling me if you had a quilting grandparent. Good luck! I’ll draw a name, Sunday night at 8:00 pm!



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    October 23, 2015

    What a magic book! Sadly no quilting grandparents for me, but I AM ONE! I have two granddaughters and one is learning………yippie, exciting!

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      Michela Lex
      October 23, 2015

      No I didn’t have a quilting grandparent or mom, I wish I did! I am a first generation quilter. ????

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      October 23, 2015

      Both of my grandmothers quilted. I have several quilts they made.

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      BJ Stultz
      October 23, 2015

      I have a stack of hexie blocks that I would love to use. Hope I win the book for them!

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    October 23, 2015

    An amazing way to preserve history, thanks for the inspiration.

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    Karen Lambdin
    October 23, 2015

    whoa Kelly, you really outdid yourself this time. And the intro to Mary Kerr , WHAT? I love the project and will be forwarding this post to all my friends. You two are amazing! And bummer, neither one of my grandmothers quilted… my great grandmother did, and they all looked down on her utility quilts, we found them in the barn years after her death- chewed up by rats. Hopefully that’s not what happens to my quilts, I think I have instilled a love of quilting into my children.

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    October 23, 2015

    These pieces are inspirational! And, as always, the quilting is fabulous!

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    Yessant Habetz
    October 23, 2015

    My grandmother was a seamstress during WWII. She had 10 children and her quilts were simple but filled with the scraps from the clothes she sewed. Waste not, want not.

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    Ginny Cook
    October 23, 2015

    I have so many ufo hexies I would love this book to give me ideas of how to use them in a creative way.

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    Donna C
    October 23, 2015

    No quilting grandparents in this family, but my mom did make a few. This looks like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win it.

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    Peggy Klock
    October 23, 2015

    Love the quilting on these beautiful quilts

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    October 23, 2015

    These quilts are so beautiful… x

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    Mary Fisher
    October 23, 2015

    Thanks for introducing me to a new artist! Mary Kerr’s work is inspiring! Your work is beautiful as always. I’m busy haunting ebay for a raggedy GFG that I can use, too!

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    Susan kruse
    October 23, 2015

    What a fun blog! Yes, quilting grandma and great grandmother (and mYbe beyond?). I have a quilt top that is hand pieced-not fancy, but love it. Most likely the nine patches were made by greatgrandmother and then dashed together by my grandmother. I have it sandwiched, but am thinking I need to bring it up a notch – gathering ideas! Thanks for the chance to have this as a resource as I gather ideas.

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    Jill Coleman
    October 23, 2015

    I love your work and Mary’s inspiration. I took her lecture a few years ago and she broke the stigma that vintage had to be hand quilted. I can finally finish my collection of vintage tops that I hoped to hand quilt. Thanks to both of you for opening up this avenue to me.

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    Diane Henry
    October 23, 2015

    Great job, Mary and Kelly!

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    Connie Stover
    October 23, 2015

    No no grandparents that quilted. Just little ole me????

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    October 23, 2015

    Love what the two of you do together. Adding more beauty to the world. 🙂

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    Ruth Kennedy
    October 23, 2015

    Looks exciting…..I have redwork done by my Great-Grandma that would look fantastic paired like this….plus “Vintage Quilting” of course!

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    October 23, 2015

    I love old quilts and have some that my Grandma & Great Grandma made. Would love this book!!

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    Carol I
    October 23, 2015

    Would love to win. I had to leave the workshop early and didn’t have time to order one!

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    October 23, 2015

    Neither of my grandmothers quilted, but my mother made one bow tie flimsy. I will be the quilting grandmother in my family.

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    Terry Rowland
    October 23, 2015

    Mary book looks awesome. I would love to have a copy Kelly. So much inspiration and ideas to preserve the items from the past. Thank-you for the opportunity to win one.

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    Dolores Mann
    October 23, 2015

    These quilts are just gorgeous! So very inspirational. I have some antique hexie quilts of my own that I can’t wait to try this with. And last , but not least, I don’t know if my grandmothers quilted, but I’m a grandmother, and I quilt!..:)

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    Deb McClanahan
    October 23, 2015

    Wow, what inspiration! I love it when old things (that may be past their prime) find a new purpose in life. I’m 4th generation quilter in my mother’s family and each generation has produced quilters in my dad’s family-just not the men. Our daughter has made 2 quilts so far. Our son has just got out of the Marines and wants me to make him a quilt out of his camo uniforms. Maybe he can become our first male quilter.

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    Susan Morris
    October 23, 2015

    Looks like a lovely book! It would be an honor to have this and make magic with the ideas!

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    October 23, 2015

    So glad to see a book that gives inspiration for all those much loved quilty fragments!!!! Gorgeous quilts………and quilting!!!!!! Hexie love…..for sure!!!!!!!

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    Terry Forlin
    October 23, 2015

    The prettiest recycled hexie quilt I have ever seen was at the WSQ show last weekend. This quilt won 5 ribbons.

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    October 23, 2015

    Sadly, no quilting grandparents, one of my grandmothers supported her family by sewing clothes. I’m enjoying making quilts for my seven grand kids. Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilting.

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    Michela Lex
    October 23, 2015

    No, my grandparents did not quilt. I am a first generation quilter and I love it!!!

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    Robin Fouquette
    October 23, 2015

    Beautiful work by both of you. Your Quilting Vintage FB group is delightful! Thank you for sharing your work and creative ideas!

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    Mayleen Vinson
    October 23, 2015

    Both grandmothers quilted but one passed away when I was very young. I have the doll quilt she made for my sister and I. No one told me my other grandmother had quilted until she was gone. Sadly, I don’t know where any of their quilts are.

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    October 23, 2015

    no quilting grandparents here, in my family sewing was out of necessity and not for fon. I’m happy to learn from my quilt you friends. What would I do without y’all?

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    October 23, 2015

    I did not have any relatives that quilted unfortunately. The book looks wonderful.

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    Lori Tsatsa
    October 23, 2015

    my mom was a quilter and my grandma was an amazing crocheter. I have very cherished pieces made by both!

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    October 23, 2015

    Sadly no! However my mom who is 79 is a beautiful quilter!!

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    Mary Broomes
    October 23, 2015

    hi Kelly, my grandmother and her neighbor worked together to create beautiful quilts to earn a little money when I was growing up. My grandmother did the tops, usually embroidery, and the neighbor quilted them by hand. She lived in a teeny, little house and her quilt frame was attached to the ceiling by pulleys. When she dropped it down to work on it, it took up nearly the whole room. Many of my grandmother’s quilts were lost to water damage before I was able to claim any of them. But I have my memories.

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    Nancy A
    October 23, 2015

    My grandmother made hand-painted quilts and raffled them off at the local movie theater to make money. Unfortunately, none were handed down thru my family.

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    Becky Bruce
    October 23, 2015

    I had a GGrandmother, that quilted and I recently hand quilted one of her tops,BTW love the ghost hexies

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    Joey Mahieu
    October 23, 2015

    would love to have this book, have tons of parts & pieces!

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    October 23, 2015

    Wow that is so incredible. Love how the different elements mix together!

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    Kareen Strumpel
    October 23, 2015

    My grandmother, Anna Schumacher Perry, did a great deal of quilting. I have two of her quilts and several pieces of unfinished quilt tops that I would use this book for ideas on what to do with them. Grandma never learned to use a sewing machine, so all of her piecing and quilting was done by hand.

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    Joy Meetis
    October 23, 2015

    I did not have a quilting grandparent, but I had a grandmother who crocheted and knitted. I am very lucky to have 2 of her afghans. I wish I was interested in crafts when I was younger. She passed away before I was aware of the talent that I could have learned from her.

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    Ember Render
    October 23, 2015

    All of the grandmothers and great grandmothers quilted. My mother did not catch the quilting bug. I still have a vivid memory of her driving the sewing machine needle through her thumb nail when I was little. I was scared of sewing machines for years after that-glad I got over it! 🙂

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    Linda Giese
    October 23, 2015

    My grandmother quilted for her family and for other people. As a child, I stayed with her every summer and when I was six she started me on my sewing journey on her treadle machine. I made my first four square quilt. She quilted it for my birthday in May of 1949. That quilt has been loved to destruction by me and my son who is now 45. This book has awesome ideas and I now have hope that I can restore it and give it new life!! Thanks for writing this book. I have inherited many quilts from my maternal grandmother’s family. All were utility quilts made in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Most in excellent shape, but some will need repair. Now I CAN DO IT!!

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    Linda Frihart
    October 23, 2015

    I have a pale orange & cream quilt with somewhat shredded borders by my paternal grandmother. Found a Dresden Plate top in my parents cedar chest. Designed a quilting pattern that a local church quilted for me. It has ice cream cone border that an appraiser told me she had never seen used with a Dresden Plate….I’ve seen many. My cousin in Annapolis has a maroon and cream quilt by her. Wish you had quilted the Dresden — know it would have been over the top.

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    Janine R
    October 23, 2015

    Did not have a grandma who quilted, but I do a little. Just started with hexies and would love to win your book.

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    October 23, 2015

    Both of my grandmothers quilting. My mother sewed garments but didn’t quilt. My husbands grandmother quilted as did my mother-in-law. I love old quilts and have made lots of new ones. I’m working on a Grandmother ‘s Flower Garden right now. Would love to win your book!

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    Jo R
    October 23, 2015

    This looks like a wonderful book! My maternal grandmother quilted. We still have some of her quilts. Years ago, my mom found one of her mother’s signature quilts at an antique show. I was on the other side of the room when I heard my mom exclaim: “that’s my mother’s quilt!” Of coursr, it came home with her.

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    Kim in AB
    October 23, 2015

    I had quilting grandmas on both sides so I grew up thinking that was a very typical thing to do. Their quilts were much more utilitarian than what is often seen today, though.

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    Judy Tucker
    October 23, 2015

    I had no family ahead of me that made quilts…..Sewist, one that I know of. I am the first Quilter and hope not to be the last in my family…..Maybe a cousin will get the Quilting Bug!

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    Debbie Bass
    October 23, 2015

    I was so glad I was able to take your workshop demo at The StitchingPost last Friday. Went shopping and found a pretty good selection of Vintage linens to work on. I can’t wait to get started..

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    Liz Granberg
    October 23, 2015

    My paternal grandmother made utility quilts. Only one survived that I am aware of–a Grandmother’s Flower Garden just the top with a yellow dust ruffle stitched around it, I presume a summer coverlet as they lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where heavy quilts weren’t needed. I had it on my bed when I was in high school. When I married and left home, the quilt stayed with my mom. When I returned home to care for my folks 40 years later, the top was gone and no one seems to know what happened to it. I don’t have a picture of it, but remember it was quite beautiful. I’m sure it was made with many fabrics from dresses my aunties and grandma wore. I so enjoyed hearing Mary’s talk and seeing all of her quilts! Such incredible inspiration!

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    Elaine Giglio
    October 23, 2015

    sadly no quilting grandma …but she loved to sew other things … I have a rabbit completely dressed even has a petticoat

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    Sheryl Carpenter
    October 23, 2015

    Love Mary’s work. So inspiring.

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    Susan in Dublin
    October 23, 2015

    My grandmother sewed garments, but I have two ‘cousin’ Boston Commons quilts, pieced and quilted in the 1930’s by her mother, my great grandmother. (My mother’s favorite sewing tool was masking tape, so no handed down skill from her).
    Mary does beautiful work and is an excellent teacher, too! This book looks terrific.

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    Debbie McKay
    October 24, 2015

    One of my very first memories was being snuggled in a quilt that my mother said was made by my grandmother. Even though I don’t remember her quilting regularly–she crocheted daily–she did make a Parasol Ladies quilt top for me and for each one of her granddaughters. My maternal grandmother was not crafty. However, she did help bind a tricot baby quilt for my first daughter. I made a point to tell all my children that their great-grandmother worked on that quilt since that knowledge communicated so much love to me in my earlier years.

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    Mary Wehling
    October 24, 2015

    neither my mom nor my grandmothers quilted but I was influenced by quilt shows at WVU…I buy quilt pieces at estate sales and I have a few hexagons from a deceased quilter and am trying to figure out how to incorporate them into a quilt!

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    October 24, 2015

    My maternal grandmother was a quilter and I have 2 of her crazy quilts. A friend of mine had some pieces of a hexagon quilt that her mother started years ago, but didn’t know what to do with them. She gave them to me and I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate them into a quilt or ??? to be returned to her. Looks like this book might be the ticket. Love seeing your work. You always make a beautiful quilt top look even more beautiful. You inspire me!

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    Freda Butler
    October 24, 2015

    I really like the way you did the feather quilting around the top of the two birds. Very pretty. Your quilting is great as usual.,
    How can I get in touch with you about having a small embroidery quilted?

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    Jane B
    October 24, 2015

    Not only did I have a quilting grandmother, she lived in Kansas! I remember visiting her when she had her quilting frame set up for her friends to come help her quilt.

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    October 24, 2015

    None of my grandparents were quilters, but I have several hexie blocks made by someone not known to me. It would be nice to put them in a quilt.

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    October 25, 2015

    One of my grandmothers made two quilt tops. Both were using hexagons, a flower garden and an overall scrappy hexagon top. My Aunt has the Flower Garden top. My mother gave me the other top when I started quilting in High School. I eventually quilted it and gave it back to my a gift. I have a few loose hexie flowers set aside to use some time.

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    Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts
    October 28, 2015

    I recently recycled a small hexie piece from my late mother’s collection by adding it to a pincushion that I love because it’s a daily reminder of my quilt heritage.

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