I am a hexie lover and always have an emergency supply of hexies in my bag for when I am on-the-go (which is actually very often) and when I first signed up for the blog hop, I thought I would show you a EPP (English Paper Piecing) hexie project.
It all started with a few scrap strips and ended with a few more strips! I ordered and received a scrap bag of Moda fabric a few years back and I received a pack of off-cuts of Migration by Holly Taylor.
I wasn't sure what to do with it until I saw this Hexagon quilt-along on Julie of Jaybird Quilts' blog that I know I wanted to join in, it was all about hexagons! And although there were machine-pieced, there was no horrible Y-seams! Sounded promising.
So I cut all my strips to the same size (2.5') wide and sew them in pairs to obtain a 4.5' strip made of 2 fabrics. Next step was to cut the strip into equilateral triangles (60° angles) to obtain 2 sets of 6 triangles. Now my strips were slightly too short for 2 sets of 6 but more about this later!
Once you have your triangles, the fun part begins as you can play! By turning your triangles around, you can get lots of different patterns in your hexagons as shown by Julie in her different blocks layouts
So I played and decided to explore the possibilities to have a random quilt.
Once you are happy with your arrangement, all the hexagons are sewn together into strips first as half hexagons (3 triangles together to make a half-hexagon, attached to another half-hexagon) and then the strips can be sewn together to make the full hexagon. Easy peasy isn't it?
My next question was on how to arrange all the hexagons shapes together and DH gave me the answer: why not make a big hexagon with your hexagons? Of course, why not? Again I tried to keep some random in the fabric placement etc which is harder than it always seem and because I was short of a few hexagons, I raided my stash to make some "plain" ones in the same colourway.
And of I went to make a few more hexagons along the way.
Now I have this big hexagon made of hexagons ready to be quilted (yes I know I was planning to show it to you in a complete state but as usual I was a little bit over-ambitious with the summer holidays, the travelling back and forth to my home country for the kids at the week-ends and work in the middle of it!) but I know what I want/need to do next with it. I have planned to quilt it in a spiral pattern. I will use some of the vine fabric for the background because I have bought years ago and it has been sitting in my stash ever since! So if you care to come back in the next couple of weeks, I am hoping to be able to show you a quilted hexagon (by end of September hopefully).
And now if you have read so far, well, well done to you! You might wonder why I named my quilt-to-be September in the Hexagon? The colours of course reminds me of autumn which starts in September where I live. And when I grew up, September was back to school time but also the time where the hunting season started again and there are some birds on the fabric, the time where the leaves start falling off the tree, the time where the apples/grapes are picked to make cider and wine. And of course, France where I grew up is often referred to as The Hexagon.
Oh yes and those incomplete sets I mentioned earlier. For all the strips, I managed to cut 11 triangles and 2 off-cuts so I used the 2 off-cuts to build the missing equilateral triangle which of course is not perfect but then can be used!
Now I am sure you are very keen to go and see what my Hexie Friends have got in store for you! So hop over to