While doing a bit of cleaning in my sewing room, I came across some 4 1/2" strips of some solids left over from a completed project. I was just getting ready to dump them in the scrap bin when I remembered a quilt I have been wanting to make again. I knew the scraps would be the perfect start!
Here is the quilt all finished! Isn't it cute? And it goes together very easily. I thought I would share a quick tutorial if you want to make one yourself.
First, you want to pick out a focus fabric. You can use this fabric to pull the colors of your solids. I used just under a yard of this print on my quilt.
Once the solids are picked out, cut a strip 4 1/2" wide. Because I was using scraps, my strips were all varying lengths. I used my Hex N More ruler to cut the half hexie shape. Be sure to notch off the points using the ruler - these will come in very handy on later steps.
I trimmed the pieces I planned for the edge as shown. Be sure the piece is configured properly so you cut the correct end. You can also do this step after you have the sewn the row together.
Once you have determined the color arrangement for your strips, you can sew them up. You can see in the photo above how those notched corner ensure a perfect alignment.
Next, you just need to cut your print into 5 1/2" strips and sew them between the hexie rows.
You can see that on my quilt, I alternated the direction of the hexie and the color placement on each row. I had a quilt top in no time at all.
Here is another photo of the finished quilt. For the quilting, I just did a simple serpentine stitch.
Using 4 half hexies and two trimmed hexies on each row is the perfect width for keeping your print fabric to just the width of the fabric. You can also use just one piece (about 1.5 yards) for the backing too. It is nice to not have to piece the backing!
Here is the quilt I made using the same technique in early 2014. It is a bit smaller and more colorful than the one I just completed. Not sure which one I like best!
Crazy Mom Quilts
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A Quilted Passion
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