Sunday, 30 March 2008

Blue & White Hexagon Quilt

This is the start of my Blue and White Hexagon Quilt. I have used six fabrics plus the white. The hexagons are 1 inch (that is the length of each edge). I have calculated I need 68 flower blocks and each block is a different combination of fabrics but each of the six fabrics have 11 blocks with that fabric as the outside edge of the flower plus I need another random 2 blocks. Make sense?? I have drawn up a fabric combination listing with each fabric allocated a letter of the alphabet to make it easier for me.

I will use a total of 2168 hexagons and need to make, in addition to the flower blocks, a whopping 742 whole, 4 corner and 130 half hexagons in white fabric - this is so I will end up with a straight edge.

Out of 5 x 42 inches of fabric I will get 38 hexagons - do the math and you get an idea of the cost of this project - so luckily it is a long term one!


Hexagon quilts are so portable and don't take too much brain power to put together.

I don't baste through the card and fabric, just the fabric and do a back stitch in each corner fold - that way I won't have to remove miles of basting thread later on - it will stay in the quilt - and the paper templates just pop out so I can reuse them. I do need to leave the edge ones in though - at least until I have joined them to another hexagon - this keeps it stable while sewing. But...it means I need an awful lot of paper hexagons. Happy Quilting I say!

4 comments:

Kathy Wagner said...

Wowwee! That is a lot of hexagons!
It will be stunning!

Harmany Quilting said...

Your hexagons are looking so good, and the fabrics are divine.

Nicola in West Australia

Studio Christine said...

more hexagon madness!! LOL

I think tht hexagons might be the new 'thing'!!

...and yours looks lovely so far!

Debbie said...

This is going to be such a lovely quilt. I love the blues and can't wait to see it all together. I've come back several times to your blog just to look at this quilt in progress.