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Progress on my scrappy flower hexagon quilt

This quilt is already over two years in the making.

I work on it when I’m watching TV or while on holidays away from my sewing machine and my current Dear Jane quilt project.

I’ve calculated the number of 1 inch hexagons I need to cover 100 in square and the figure is a whooping 3815. That is about 545 hexagon flowers at 7 hexies per flower. I have made about 360 flowers so far. So that leaves 180 more flowers to go!

There are many ways to make hexagons. Just in case you didn’t see my earlier tutorial I’m reproducing it here again.

I have chosen a hexagon size which is not too big not too small. Each side of the hexagon is 1 inch and 2 inches across the widest part.

You can download the hexagon template (google doc). Print the required size (there are 4 sizes on the template, mine is 1 inch hexagon) on thick or plain paper and cut – I use plain printer paper. Then make a hole in the centre using a hole puncher so that the paper is easy to remove when no longer needed.

There are 20 hexagons per A4 sheet so print a few copies and cut a bunch of hexies in advance.

An important point to make: Before printing make sure you’re printing at 100% to avoid surprises.

Materials

  • Fabric squares at least 2 1/2 inches big. 5 inch charm squares are great for this quilt as you get 4 hexies out of each charm square
  • Hexagon templates
  • Thread

I am making hexagon flowers. Each flower is made out of 6 hexagons. The hexagon in the middle is white/cream.

Instructions

Take a hexagon template and a fabric square.

Place the template in the middle of the fabric square, on the wrong side.

Pin to hold paper and fabric together.

Trim the fabric to decrease the bulk.

Now fold the fabric along one of the hexagon sides and press with your fingers.

Fold the next side making both sides meet in the hexagon corner as per photo below.

Do  a stitch.

Do a second stitch.

Now move on to the next corner. Do as you did with the previous side.

Now move on to the next corner in the same way as before.

Once you finish the last corner cut the thread. You’re done.

Do all hexagons in this way.

Now take two hexagons and place them side by side as per picture.

Start stitching one side together as per picture.

Continue to the end.

The stitches won’t be visible.

Continue to stitch each side in the same way making a ring.

When you have stitched a ring, add the middle hexagon.

You can press the flower at this time. I used to press with the first flowers I made but I don’t do anymore as I don’t think it matters at this stage.

The flower is done.

Keep the paper until the quilt top is fully assembled.

 

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B06 – Wild Goose Chase

This block qualifies as time consuming and even as easy if using paper piecing.

I used 2 charm squares for this one.

I paper pieced the centre piece. And added the border at the end.

There are 43 pieces in this block. It took me probably 3 hours to make. I’m not a fast quilter.

I pressed all the individual pieces as I stitched them together. I’m doing this for every block now because I get the points to align better and the block looks flatter at the end.

Some of the pieces in the centre are narrower than 1/4 in so I had to cut my seam allowances about 1/8 in.

I’m very pleased with this block.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B05 – Hot Cross Buns

This was an easy block again.

I have seen it done with appliqued diamonds. I don’t think I would have been able to achieve such a neat look if I had appliqued the diamonds. They’re too small and I’m not good with points.

I printed the pattern and then cut the fabric.

White:

  • four 1 1/2 in square pieces for the diamonds
  • two 2 in x 1 1/4in pieces for the outer border
  • two 5 in x 1in pieces for the outer border
  • three 4 in x1 pieces for the sashing

Colour:

  • eight 1 1/4 in x 2 in pieces
  • eight 1 x 1 1/2 in pieces

This is an easier pattern to put together.

A couple of tips. I pressed every piece after stitching. I discovered that the block looks a lot neater if I do so.

The second tip is to trim  the seam a bit less than 1/4 in because the pieces are quite small and therefore avoid bulky seams.

I stitched the four diamond pieces, trimmed them and pressed well.

Pay attention when you place the diamonds so that they’re all pointing to the centre. Stitch in twos.

Then add the rest of the strips.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.