Blue Hexagons Quilt 💙
Three years ago (November 2019) I began thread basting some favourite fabrics onto 11/4" hexagons, a wonderfully relaxing way to play with fabric. Soon I had quite a collection, and despite experimenting on several occasions with various arrangements, I couldn't settle on a design which felt right. My beautiful hexies were relegated to a container for safe keeping while I worked on other projects.
Early June 2020 Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts shared her finished Hexagon Stash Buster Quilt in Blues. It looked so good - and I was instantly inspired to start something similar with the blue hexies I already basted. Searching through my fabric collection I soon discovered I had more blues than any other colour, which was a bonus for a quilt like this.
I quickly put together a compact kit to keep me basting and stitching. Following the same technique as Rita, I was constructing interlocking blocks of 16 hexies each. I use a traditional hand whip stitch when joining my pieces together on an English Paper Piecing (EPP) like this.
I worked on these blocks intermittently, with added enthusiasm following the addition of any new fabrics. However I found the random nature of the blocks not so enticing, so instead I more often gravitating to my other sewing projects.
A couple of times I thought I had completed all blocks needed, however on closer inspection the colour balance needed more aqua. Following that adjustment, I conceded that it really needed to be longer to become a useful bed quilt for either a full/double bed or a queen size. Two more rows of blocks were created.
Then it was time to create the lighter coloured half-sized blocks to give provide pleasing edges topped bottom.
Now it was time to finish sewing the blocks together and pop the papers out from the back.
For the batting/wadding I selected Quilters Dream Cotton batting in white. It is a lightweight batting, making it more suitable for our warmer climate and less bulky to wash. It is the only cotton batting I have found which is truly white, something I was particularly looking for to support the white base of this quilt.
After a long-time debate with myself about how (by machine or by hand) I should quilt this large quilt, especially as it was spring by this time, I decided to hand quilt with DMC Cebelia 'crochet cotton' 30 thickness in white (B5200). This is the same thread I chose to quilt my most recent finish, Fresh flowers Quilt. By outline quilting each centre, hexie flower and around each block, it has highlighted the quilt design and created a subtle texture. A mostly cool spring has made the quilting a joy.
And now finally, it is finished and ready to be used on a bed. I had no idea my initial hexies would end up looking like this - and I am delighted!
Blue Hexagons Quilt
90" x 77"
228cm x 195cm
Tentatively started November 2019
Completed November 13th 2022
1 1/4"hexagon papers
Quilters Dream Request100% Cotton Batting in White - queen size
Hand quilted with DMC Cebelia 'crochet cotton' #30 in white (B5200)
It is beautiful. It reminds me of the sea and the summer skies. A wonderful addition to any bedroom.
Yo are rightly delighted Karen! Your quilt is gorgeous! Rita and Emma are wonderful inspirations and motivators!
What an achievement. It is beautiful. You are so clever. Do you have any quilts for sale? I would like one for summer.
Thank you Diane. No, I don’t have any quilts for sale. I hope you have a lovely Christmas season.
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