“Twisted Hexies” Published!

Have you seen the March/April 2020 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine? On the cover is Scott Flanagan’s gorgeous “Fresh Grapes” (based on a “Carpenter’s Star” design) made in batiks from hundreds of diamonds. And if you flip to page 36, you’ll see my table runner design, “Twisted Hexies.” I made it from Civil War repro colored print fabrics and shirtings from my stash.

When I saw the patchwork block on Pinterest, the great quilting research tool, I thought it would be very complicated and time consuming to make. However, it is surprisingly easy to construct. Attach the first trapezoid to the center hexagon with a partial seam, and the other five trapezoids are quickly added.

I enjoyed making this project and hope you will try making some “twisted hexies.” The editors and graphic artists for Love of Quilting are awesome, writing clear directions with plenty of explanatory diagrams. You will have lots of fun making this design! I have a free magazine for one lucky blog reader. Just leave a comment below stating what style or color of fabrics you would use to make a “Twisted Hexies” table runner or quilt. The drawing will be Feb. 12. I can ship to a U.S. address only.

Don’t think, “I never win anything; why bother adding my name to the drawing?” Did you know, only 12 people entered the previous drawing for the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting? So you have a great chance of winning. By the way, Karlene’s name was drawn as the winner. Congratulations, Karlene!

Connie’s Birthday Quilt

In March of 2013, my father, a widower for nearly 10 years, married Connie. In the process of combining their households, she found several boxes of stitchery projects and notions. Included were 3 scrappy quilt tops made by her aunt. I appropriated the notions I could use, offered some to Trinity and Dawn, and placed the remainder on the “free table” at my guild.

Thinking to finish a quilt top for her birthday gift, I asked Connie which of the three was her favorite. She selected the hexagon quilt.

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Talk about a random, mostly low volume design! I surmise that most of the fabrics are poly cotton, perhaps from curtain-making scraps. In the center of the quilt, the medium sized hexagons were pieced by hand with a scant 1/8″ seam allowance. Perhaps Auntie decided to hurry the project along by machine stitching the rest of the quilt!

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Picking up on the blue hexagons in the patchwork, I selected a blue tone-on-tone from my stash for borders. Connie’s favorite color is pink, but I think a pink border on this quilt would appear too washed out. What can I say? I am a “high contrast quilter!” I did, however, find a pink floral for the back of the quilt.

I didn’t trim the sides of the hexagons until after adding the border. The quilt measures 53″ x 73,” a nice lap size.

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I used a polyester batting in order to ease in some of the fullness in the quilt’s center. An all over freehand flower, loop, and leaf design suggests “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” a typical name for a hexagon quilt. I used a light blue variegated thread which shows up nicely on the dark blue border and minimally in the quilt’s interior.

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Won’t Connie be surprised to receive a project she thought she had gotten rid of, once and for all?

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I already have plans to complete the other scrappy quilts, perhaps they will make nice family picnic quilts for Connie’s two grown children. (Note: I wrote this blog in the fall of 2013 . . . and neglected to post it. Since I am working on Connie’s other scrappy quilts, I thought you would be interested in seeing this one first.)

You can read about another vintage hexagon quilt that I finished for a customer here.

“Garden Pavers”

Exciting news! My quilt, “Garden Pavers” is featured in the September/October 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine!

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Compare the quilt on the top of the pile with the blog header above. Regular blog readers have enjoyed a sneak peak of this lap size quilt for an entire year! Now you can view the whole quilt and be inspired make “Garden Pavers” yourself.

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Click here to view the web promotional for my quilt. Notice the link for the web bonus–a free table runner pattern.

This quilt boasts two time saving features:  you can take along the hexagons and circles for hand applique while traveling, chatting with friends, or waiting for appointments, and the rows of large hexagons can be sewn together by machine!

The story behind the quilt:  English Paper Piecing of hexagon quilts is quite popular. I wanted to join the fun, but didn’t want to spend the necessary hours basting fabric to 1″ paper hexagons and hand whipping them together. I surmised that a small hexagon appliqued onto a medium circle which was appliqued onto a large hexagon would, from a distance, look like a “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt. And I hoped that the large hexagons could be assembled by sewing machine rather than by hand. Believe it or not, I completed all the hand applique before attempting to prove my theory. Thankfully, the large hexagons are large enough for machine assembly. Try it, you will like it!

Please email me a picture of your “Garden Pavers” quilt or table runner. I would love to share it with blog readers.

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A Bee-line for Hexagons

Uncapping honeycomb with a hot knife

Labor Day Monday found hubby and me in the sealed garage extracting honey from the comb. (The garage was sealed despite the 90 degree heat to keep fly-by bees from smelling the honey and “investigating.”) Beekeeping is my husband’s hobby, and I am joining him in the sweet undertaking.

It is amazing that bees build honey cells in perfect hexagons. Seeing all the tiny, interlocking hexagons in the honeycomb reminds me of the current popular interest of English Paper Piecing (EPP) hexagonal quilts.

Coincidentally, the Hexa-Go-Go blog tour was scheduled at this season; late summer is the prime time to harvest honey! Tacha Bruecher lists the calendar for her book’s blog tour on the Fat Quarterly site.

Have you recently completed or are you currently working on an EPP hexagon project? If so, describe your project in a comment below. You can see my hexagon project in the header photo on this blog. My quilt is lap size and “just” needs to be appliqued to a border. Guess I’ll make a bee-line to the quilt shop for the perfect border fabric!