Ever since I started quilting, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with the Hexagon. At my first modern quilt guild meeting, I took hexagons to piece by machine. I remember one of the guild members being very curious about my plans for my little hexagons that I had painstakingly cut out. I think she was just a little disappointed when I shrugged my shoulders and said I was just experimenting with cheap fabric and if it didn’t work out, so be it. My machine piecing then got as far as joining hexagons into pairs and then they sat for a very long while. Eventually, I pulled them out and decided that I would hand piece them into flowers while I waited for my daughter at her play practices.
I’ve finished maybe five hexagon flowers and tried to make an unsuccessful pincushion out of two and put them aside again. But this month, Alyssa’s blocks for the skill builder Block of the Month had hexagons which we were going to paper piece. I tried the paper piecing and ended up going with a machine piecing hexagon tutorial that I found on the blog of Kati Spencer at From the Blue Chair. All in all, it went fairly well. It got easier as I went along. I definitely think that it would be a lot easier if I was piecing hexagons that are bigger that 2.5 inches. The hardest part was pressing all those seams flat.
It’s a little wrinkled in spots but I’m sure that will quilt out.
Next up is the paper pieced Diamond Carat. Here’s the layout (at least I thought it was the layout, I definitely don’t want the sunset pink dots right next to each other, that will need to be moved)-
Wish me luck-this may take a while!