Friday, August 20, 2010

Because quilts don't always have to be rectangles

I'm not quite sure what spurred me into making this little quilt, especially after just finishing my strings quilt.  With hexagons all the rage lately in the quilting world, I have been interested in making a quilt incorporating them, but wasn't sure where to go with it.  This idea popped into my head a few weeks ago.  I thought it would be fun to try doing a mini strings hexagon quilt.  I'm pretty sure the idea started forming after seeing these potholders from jaybird quilts.  I went into this envisioning it to be a baby quilt/playmat, but after making it, I'm not quite sure.  It could also be used as a table topper for a square table. It was completely an experiment.  I just wanted to see how it would work out.

I simply cut 60 degree paper triangles 18 inches tall and started paper piecing my strips.  This height worked perfect as the triangle base was about 20 inches, and I was using fat quarters.  Any larger triangles would require strips the width of the fabric.  The fabric strips vary in cut width from 1.25 to 2.5 inches.  The fabric is Verna from Kate Spain.  It was all scraps from my whirly-gig quilt.

Here are my triangles before trimming.


I love the back.  Sometimes backs are just my favorite.  The white border was a unplanned. I realized after cutting and sewing the hexagon section that I was just a few inches short on the green (Kona Tarragon) so I improvised. 

13 comments:

  1. I'm not into the hexagons out in quiltland so much ... except for this!! It's gorgeous. I love the creativity, and the colors. And because the back is just as pretty as the front I think I'd have to call it Side B instead of "back." :-)

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  2. I really like it, and I LOVE how you did the back!

    beautiful. :)

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  3. I love this! And the back is just gorgeous! Sure makes me wish I was more creative in the designing end of quilting.

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  4. Ooohh! I love the back. Very creative!

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  5. Oh Heavens! That is GORGEOUS. I definitely need to take a Kati class... I'm actually serious about this. I would really love to learn how to quilt.

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  6. What a great idea, doing the quilt in the shape of a hexagon. Every time I see another one of your quilts it makes me want to pull some projects out to finish them, but that means I have to finish reorganizing our 3rd bedroom to pull everything back out. I haven't wanted to do it bad enough to do that yet ;) Maybe someday...

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  7. I love this quilt! I love the shape! What a perfect shape for a baby playmat. My four month old has just started rolling over, and she very quickly rolls off of the rectangle shaped quilt that I made for her. This quilt may just be the solution! Very inspiring!

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  8. I think this is one of my very favorites. It just looks happy.

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  9. This is beautiful! If you dont mind me asking, how did you do your binding? I'm actually in the process of finishing up jaybird quilts hexagon sampler, and am a little stumped for the best way to do the binding. Thanks!!!

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  10. I did the binding using the traditional method for mitered corners. I only had to adjust the angle on it slightly since it wasn't a 90 degree angle as usual. It worked really well. I just had to play around with it a bit until I had it right. After I did it I wished I had taken some pictures, but I'll try to put together a brief tutorial in the next few days.

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  11. I love this quilt! I haven't seen anything like it for a baby and I am so impressed. I am saving the image of it to my quilt inspiration folder. One day I want to make something as beautiful as it is.

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