Tuesday, November 10, 2009

...and now for HEXAGONS....and loooots of them

Now, as I had mentioned and as many of you have been asking....I have been working on a Hexagon quilt (aka English Paper Piecing, Hexies, sometimes Charm Quilts) Ive been using 3x5 inch recipe cards to cut out my templates, which give me two at a time, but for those out there who want to try it on their own, you can use the backs of cereal boxes, old christmas cards, or anything made of thick paper that isnt as thick as cardboard to use to make your templates. If you are starting your first hexagon quilt....please....unless its a small one, dont make your finished edges of your quilt smaller than half an inch...you might drive yourself insane! Mine are about an Inch and a half for each side. (I put my metropass in the picture as a reference size guide)

You can use all sorts of fabric, but cotton is recommended for a keepsake quilt....but you can use anything that doesnt stretch that are of similar thicknesses.

I know there are many methods to get your fabric to stay attached to the paper, but the way they suggest on Threadbanger is a good way so that you dont have to pull out excess threads when you are done.

I know when I started this quilt, it would take me a loooong time to finish. Its one of those projects that I could progressively work on with scraps from other projects that I had on the go. I have had people offer me their scraps to work with cause I will take just about any scraps for this project I can get my hands on...and yes...I even have pink thrown into the mix of colors (pink glow in the dark butterflies even)

So...the plan with this quilt, is to make the outer border a riproaring mish mash of every color imaginable, and to make the inside a ballet of color matched fleurettes of hexies...like you see with the two middle ones there on my picture (the orange and purple ones)

So far I have fabrics from Australia and locally here in Toronto.

Wish me luck!


Jennifer said...

Have to see what other fabrics I can find for the hexies!

Rose Marie said...

Great idea for your layout and I will see what scraps I have to pass on to you ...

Love those socks!

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