Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hexagons...

I was inspired by this book:


This quilt in particular, called Honeycomb Hexagon. It's made of quite large hexagons and requires "Y" seam piecing to put the rows together. I decided to use the template in the book for the half hexagon that is used to fill in the top and bottom. I cut my hexagons in 2 pieces making it 10 times faster to piece. It does mean that there's a seam through the middle of each hexagon.
If you're using small scale, tone-on-tone prints, the seam would be really negligible. But not me, I'm using big prints and lots of them. I cut the bottom and top halves of each hexagon from one piece of fabric, so although they won't match perfectly because of the seam allowance, they will be close.
From a distance you can barely tell and I think when it's quilted the seams will be even less noticeable.
Here's a closeup of how they matched up.
Today was a gorgeous Spring day. I couldn't help but photograph it in the sunny garden!

10 comments:

  1. You're right...you can hardly tell where the seams are! Perfect fabrics for this quilt...

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  2. Beautiful. The best way to do hexies unless the fabric print is too large.

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  3. Love it even with the gray. This is a great technique for hexagons by machine.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Have a super great sewing day.

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  4. The colours look so pretty together, especially in the sunshine.

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  5. What, that was very clever of you! I've never even attempted the dreaded "y" seam, I think you were wise to avoid it! It looks great!

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  6. Your seams are magical - they disappeared and cannot be seen.

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  7. Very pretty and a much easier construction method to English Paper Piecing!

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  8. Beautiful quilt! I'm adding this to my future project list.

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  9. Clever, clever. I have been hooing and hoeing over this pattern for the last week or so and you've just made this so much easier to begin. Thanks for sharing your short-cuts!!

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  10. Cute. I have a smililar pattern made with charm squares. ... well ok I have a pattern and a pile of charm squares cut haha. This is super cute!

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