Les Boîtes à Chapeau (for a change)

It’s the hat box quilt of course but it sounds so lovely in French and makes a change in my list of blog post titles.

So, it’s done!  Kate and I have been furiously fairly calmly making  hat boxes over the past year or so from a book we both happened to have – ‘Passionate Patchwork’ by Kaffe Fassett.  Kate is making a full size quilt while I decided to make a wall hanging – which is why I’ve finished first.  Well, that and she is hand quilting and I took the easy way out and used a machine.  I have lots of Liberty of London fabric and decided this would be a good way to showcase some of them.

‘Perfection is the enemy of progress’ I’ve heard it said and that is certainly the case as far as this project went because, had I decided to go back and fix some of the mistakes I spotted after the event, I would still be putting it together now and getting fed up with it.    Instead of that, it is assembled, hung up and, apart from one thing which will bug me forever because I thought about it beforehand and then forgot to do it, I’m quite pleased with it.  So, you can zoom in on it if you are the Quilt Police and have fun finding all the faults but I know they are there and I can live with them.

I wasn’t sure how to hang it – I’ve got no other wall hangings in the house – but knew I didn’t want any hanging mechanism to show.  I searched around a bit and found a tutorial based on the method used by a Museum of Quilts in the United States to hang the quilts they have on display – you can find the method here.

So now I’ve shown you the big picture, here are some of the quilt in action.




Astonishingly – you know what men are often like about such things – Mr. Tialys is quite approving of this and has even asked if perhaps we could have something in a discreet corner of the lounge (I did note the word ‘discreet’ by the way).

Now to go and put the books, tissues, glasses, alarm clocks, hand cream and all the other usual paraphernalia back on those bedside cabinets.  Get me and my staged photos  (otherwise known as ‘tidying up’).  I’ll be applying filters, drawing faces in my cappuccino froth and using my Instagram account next!!







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  1. #1 by The Snail of Happiness on January 31, 2018 - 14:13

    That really looks great… I am not going to hunt for mistakes as it’s a million times better than anything I could create!

    • #2 by tialys on January 31, 2018 - 14:16

      Thank you! I think you are too modest though.

      • #3 by The Snail of Happiness on January 31, 2018 - 17:23

        I’ve just been looking at them again and thinking how much they look like delicious cakes… which probably tells you a lot about me!

      • #4 by tialys on January 31, 2018 - 20:16

        I suppose there are worse things to have suspended above your bed.

  2. #5 by claire93 on January 31, 2018 - 14:16

    every so pretty ^^ and oooh you’ve got some real live hat boxes too !!!

    • #6 by tialys on January 31, 2018 - 14:21

      Thanks Claire – I have more too, I obviously have a thing for hatboxes.

      • #7 by claire93 on January 31, 2018 - 21:40

        do you have any hats though?

      • #8 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 12:04

        Only the sort that don’t warrant a hatbox 😉

  3. #9 by Lynn on January 31, 2018 - 14:28

    Well done Looks fab Xx

    • #10 by tialys on January 31, 2018 - 20:18

      Thanks Lynn – you can see it in the flesh one day but no looking too closely 😉

  4. #11 by Lynda on January 31, 2018 - 15:44

    Mistakes? Who cares. You see them – we don’t. You have a finished quilt and that is what counts. This is the best method for hanging a quilt that I have seen; I will be using it to be sure. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    • #12 by tialys on January 31, 2018 - 20:18

      Sometimes the simplest methods are the best.

  5. #13 by poshbirdy on January 31, 2018 - 15:45

    Doesn’t that look lovely! Congratulations

  6. #15 by Dartmoor Yarns on January 31, 2018 - 17:56

    Ooh la la! Tres belle! Vous êtes très intelligent et talentueux.

    • #16 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 09:16

      Merci mon amie. Vous étiez dans mon fichier spam – je ne sais pas pourquoi. Bisous.

      • #17 by Dartmoor Yarns on February 1, 2018 - 13:14

        Peut-être WordPress n’aime pas mon accent français? Bisous.

    • #18 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 13:24


  7. #19 by M. L. Kappa on January 31, 2018 - 19:23

    Hmmm, I did notice your bedside tables looked unnaturally tidy and wondered how you managed that! 😆 Mine is always overflowing… But the quilt looks wonderful, and I can’t see any faults. Well done !

    • #20 by tialys on January 31, 2018 - 20:16

      Thank you – the bedside tables are back to normal now – I have to have my book, my alarm clock 😦 and my glass of water as a minimum.

  8. #21 by brennacrocheter on January 31, 2018 - 20:39

    Love the hat boxes! What a neat idea to make them into a wall hanging!

    • #22 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 12:04

      The design just said wall hanging rather than quilt to me from the start and it’s also a lot smaller which is a bonus 😉

  9. #23 by nanacathy2 on January 31, 2018 - 21:45

    Tres Bien! J’adore le quilt! Pardon moi mais I only got grade nine at O’lvel, which means I spelt my name correctly. Anyway I really like the wall hanging!

    • #24 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 09:22

      Merci. My French teacher bet me actual money that I wouldn’t pass my French ‘O’ Level and I don’t blame her really because French was the first lesson on a Monday morning and my friend and I would be going over the weekend’s events and either laughing or crying in the way that young teenagers do. If only I’d known where I was going to end up. I did pass by the way but she never paid me.

      • #25 by nanacathy2 on February 2, 2018 - 10:38

        Well shame on her. In all fairness to myself it was the teacher at fault. Only one girl passed and she got the lowest grade for a pass and the top grades for all her other O levels. They say learning a language is good for the brain, maybe I should go back to school. L’ecole even!

  10. #26 by katechiconi on February 1, 2018 - 00:52

    Now, what on earth has happened to the long comment I wrote…? I said something to the effect that it was beautiful, that M. Tialys showed good taste and that I loved your borders and the clever way you’ve hung it, and that it was a great combination of calm and bright colours. Hope this comment sticks!

    • #27 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 09:19

      It must have disappeared into cyber space but I get your drift from your shorter version, thank-you 🙂 I’ve searched my Spam file and you aren’t in it although I did find a comment there from Dartmoor Yarns and reinstated it so at least it wasn’t a fruitless search.

  11. #29 by CurlsnSkirls on February 1, 2018 - 07:13

    This looks lovely, Lynn – congratulations!
    A request for another is very promising.
    Eager to see what you decide to do.

    • #30 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 12:03

      Thanks Del. Well, we have a while to think about it because I know Kate has other projects already in the pipeline as well as her quilt sized hatboxes. It gives me a good excuse to go down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest.

      • #31 by CurlsnSkirls on February 1, 2018 - 14:13

        Have fun with Pinterest… What was your tipple of choice after January’s respite?!

      • #32 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 14:27

        Alas! Nothing yet. I’m waiting until the 2nd February as it is a Friday and will then be in keeping with my reinstated ‘only drinking on Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings’ mantra which went to pot in the last quarter of 2017. It will be red wine for certain 🙂

      • #33 by CurlsnSkirls on February 1, 2018 - 20:46

        Oops! My apologies for jumping the gun. One more sleep. . . 💤

  12. #34 by KerryCan on February 1, 2018 - 14:34

    As a French-Canadian neighbor says, “C’est une chose de beauté!” (I have no idea what that means, really–hope it’s not offensive!) The quilt is delightful and looks great on the wall, although I did wonder where the hand lotion and other bric a brac was in the bedroom . . .

    • #35 by tialys on February 1, 2018 - 19:46

      It’s the very opposite of offensive, thank you.
      As for the bric a brac etc., it’s quite a big room and I’m only showing you one side of it which I had tidied a bit for the photo so as not to detract from the wall hanging 🙂

  13. #36 by jendavismiller on February 1, 2018 - 20:50

    As it appears that you are not writing from Quilter’s Jail, so I shall assume that the Les Boites Gendarmes have approved! I certainly approve. The hatbox quilt looks lovely above the bed. Quite serene.

    • #37 by tialys on February 2, 2018 - 09:57

      I told them they couldn’t come in without a search warrant so they decided against further action 😉

  14. #38 by Trisha on February 1, 2018 - 22:36

    What lovely way to showcase pretty Liberty fabrics, love it!

    • #39 by tialys on February 2, 2018 - 09:59

      Thanks Trisha – I’ve got quite a bit of Liberty but mostly in pieces a metre or less – I had to buy the ‘pears’ for the p.j.s in specially – so it’s either squeeze a top out of it or use it in patchwork or other crafts which is no hardship really.

  15. #40 by magpiesue on February 2, 2018 - 01:47

    Doesn’t that look lovely hanging above your bed! Well done with the “staged photos” too. 😉 Whatever will you do next?!

    • #41 by tialys on February 2, 2018 - 10:01

      Thanks Sue, I might fish out a paper piecing project I started years ago when I’d never done any paper piecing before. If I can work out how I got to the stage I got to and what to do next that is – I don’t like picking up old projects really but it could be a really nice finish so I might give it a go. First, I have a pair of shorty pyjamas on my cutting table which I’m going to make out of a vintage sheet – as you do.

  16. #42 by Kim on February 2, 2018 - 16:35

    Well I think it looks wonderful – what mistakes? If the quilting police come for you I’m sure there are enough of us to have a whip round and bail you out 😉.
    I’m fascinated to know what may go in a ‘discrete corner’ and will look out for that in the future.

  17. #44 by Beads and Barnacles on February 2, 2018 - 20:09

    🙂 this looks great. Glad to see it finished. Can’t wait to hear what you decided for the discreet corner of the living room :-p

    • #45 by tialys on February 4, 2018 - 13:50

      Thank you. I’ve got a few other projects in mind first so it might be some time in the planning stage 😉

      • #46 by Beads and Barnacles on February 4, 2018 - 17:26

        It will be all the sweeter when it’s made then :-p

  18. #47 by sewchet on February 3, 2018 - 11:07

    Bravo, all finished! It looks perfect hanging above the bed like that. Isn’t it funny, even though I knew it was going to be a wall hanging and not a quilt, I thought it was going to be bigger and dominate the space. It doesn’t, and is absolutely, utterly gorgeous. If you ever have the urge to make another and find yourself all out of wall-hanging space, I have this empty wall above my bed………

    • #48 by tialys on February 4, 2018 - 13:51

      🙂 I’m sure you could whip one up of your own if you could find a spare moment.

  19. #49 by Jo on February 3, 2018 - 13:06

    Faults? It looks perfect to me. I’m in awe of anyone who can use a needle and thread, a skill which has passed me by I’m afraid. Such beautiful fabrics and I love the idea of hat boxes to show them all off.

    • #50 by tialys on February 4, 2018 - 13:52

      We all have our own skill sets – I can’t or won’t tackle embroidery or cross stitch and I envy your speedy sock knitting.

  20. #51 by Emma on February 4, 2018 - 11:04

    it’s beautiful, and it looks amazing hanging on your wall!

  21. #53 by lovelucie1 on February 5, 2018 - 15:02

    What a wonderful piece of art. I’ve been watching your quilt when I’ve occasionally dipped in and out of WordPress. So worth the wait. Absolutely gorgeous. Well done!

    • #54 by tialys on February 5, 2018 - 15:05

      Thanks Lucie – so nice to hear from you, I hope things are going well with you x

  22. #55 by PendleStitches on February 8, 2018 - 14:17

    This is just glorious! The Quilt Police can boil their heads! It’s so very pretty, and simply perfect about that beautiful bed. Gorgeous.

    • #56 by tialys on February 9, 2018 - 09:15

      Thank you – faults aside, I’m happy with the way it turned out.

  23. #57 by Thimberlina on February 11, 2018 - 23:45

    Truly stunning! The quilt and your staged photo shoot, I bet it always looks like that tho 😍

    • #58 by tialys on February 12, 2018 - 11:08

      Of course it does 😉

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