Becky has been wanting to do a hexagon quilt for a while now. I guess this is the month, so here is our version.
Your kit has 10 different 5 1/2 inch strips to cut the hexagons from. (Actually, you will cut two strips from the large red floral.) You can leave the strips folded and stack several at a time to make the cutting go faster. Make a copy of the hexagon template. Align the top and bottom of the hexagon template with the top and bottom of the fabric strips. Align the edge of a ruler with the angled side of the hexagon template.
Cut through the entire width of the fabric. Align the ruler with the other angle and cut through the width of the entire strip. (Save the triangles to complete the bonus throw pillow.) Trim the left side of the hexagon. Move the template and cut again. You will need 6 hexagons from each strip of fabric for a total of 60 hexagons. (Four of the hexagons will not be used.)
Select three of the hexagons to cut in half. Cut from point to point as shown below.
Trim 1/2 inch off the center cut of each of the half hexagons.
Trim the pink background piece to 42 x 55 inches. I recommend leaving the fabric folded and cutting exactly 21 inches from the fold. This way you can use the fold line to help with the placement of the hexagons. Find a place where you can lay out the entire background. Arrange the hexagons as shown below. The center row should line up on the center crease. The hexagons should be spaced about 1 inch apart.
As you can see the half hexies fill in the spaces on the top and bottom.
When you are satisfied with the placement of the hexagons, glue them in place with Elmer’s washable school glue. Allow the glue time to dry and then stitch a very scant ¼ inch around each of the hexagons. Sew on the borders.Quilt as desired. Bind the quilt and then toss it in the washer and dryer to fluff up the raw edges. Trim any long strands and enjoy.
We used the little scrap triangles to create a bonus throw pillow.
All you need to do is arrange the triangles to create the hexagons. Sew the triangles together and press.
Create six pieced hexagons. Arrange on an 18 inch background square as shown in the photo above. Glue in place with Elmer's washable school glue. Sew a scant 1/4 inch around the edge of each of the pieced hexagons. Quilt as desired and launder to fluff up the raw edges.
Square the quilted block to 16 1/2 inches.
For the back cut 2 rectangles 12 x 16 1/2 inches. Fold down 1 inch of the long edge on both halves.
Then fold over one more time on each one. Press. Top stitch the hems. Place the rectangles against the quilted front with the right sides together. The hemmed edges of the rectangles will be overlapping, raw edges aligned. Stitch 1/4 inch all the way around. Turn right side out and insert a 16 inch pillow form.
We are basing October's mystery quilt on the mystique collection of fabrics with a dash of color added.
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