A lovely hand piecing project that comes together very quickly and is perfect for beginners. Quilt-As-You-Go so when the blocks are finished, they are finished!
Great for using up your scraps and left over batting pieces.
Cut 1 large hexagon from fabric - this will be your backing fabric and be the fabric used in the "frame" of your block.
Cut 1 small hexagon from fabric and batting. This fabric will be the hexagon "picture" in your frame and is great for fussy cutting.
The finished size of your block is the size of your smaller hexagon
- Lay your larger fabric hexagon wrong side up
- Lay your larger hexagon frame template on top
- Position your batting hexagon and then your small fabric hexagon (right side up) inside your frame template
- Place one finger on the centre and lift your frame template away
- Pin or press (fusible batting is great!) your block
- One side of the hexagon at a time - fold the seam allowance over once to meet the inner hexagon. The fold the seam allowance again over the top of the inner hexagon to create the frame.
- Pin, clip with a wonder clip or glue down the seam allowance.
- Tip - fold over the seam allowance on alternate sides of the hexagon. Then go back and do the remaining three sides. I find this creates an easier, neater edge.
- Your block is ready for stitching! Hand or machine stitch down the seam allowances.
- To join your blocks together, place two right sides together and ladder stitch the edge. Because they are backed and quilted already, you are done!
Sizes included in the nested set:
The set includes 6 nested hexagons with lengths of the finished side seams 1", 1½", 2", 2½", 3" and 3½".
This allows you to make 4 framed hexagon blocks - 1", 1½", 2", and 2½" finished size
- The 3½" hexagon frame will fit on a 6" wide strip
- The 2½" hexagon will fit on a 5" square. This can either be used as a "frame" or as a "picture".
Options and Ideas:
- Practice your free motion quilting in the centre of your hexagons before stitching them together
- Choose to use fine thread to stitch down your frames to keep your stitching invisible.
- Make your stitching the star and use Sue Spargo Eleganza Perle Cotton threads (or your favourite decorative threads) to join or embellish the blocks.
- Use 5" Charm squares as the "frame" for 1.5" hexagons or the "picture" for 2.5" hexagons.
- Fast cut your hexagons from strips of fabric and batting?. Makes the process much faster.
- Liberty charm square pictures and white frames? Kaffe Fassett florals and stripes and dots? Aboriginal fussy cut prints with co-ordinating frames?
- Your quilt is reversible - the back of your quilt will be a beautiful hexagon quilt! Use Kaffe Fassett florals for your backings and arrange in colour wheel or watercolour layouts?
- Arrange your hexagons in a bag shape?
- Throw all your scraps in a bag and draw randomly?
- Have fun, don't stress and play. These are quick and easy and will help develop your stitching and colour layout skills ~~Maree