The June challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a quilt using a technique new to them. Since I’ve been quilting for decades, it was a bit hard for me to think of a technique I haven’t tried but then suddenly it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet made a hexagon quilt.
Although you can make a hexagon quilt by hand, I decided I wanted to try the machine piecing technique.
I played around with ideas for a bit, then decided to frame each hexagon in a narrow strip of white or something similar.
I found a light purple batik in my stash and it seemed to go well with the collection of fat eighths I’d already selected so it was off to the races!
The light purple is a Basic, and it’s called Almond. It’s a white-ish batik with light almond and purple dots on it. Lovely.
The fat eighth collection I chose is called Plum Delicious. It’s from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection. I’ve used it before in a similar challenge last year to make a Lone Star quilt.
I wish I had the hexagon die for my AccuQuilt GO! system because that would have made cutting out the hexagons go more quickly. But then I decided I wanted to try making a hexagon quilt first to see if I liked it enough to invest in the die.
For now I’ve purchased the Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool because it has a framed hexagon trimming option.
Using the tool, I cut 4” hexies and framed them. Then I sewed them together in the usual way—starting stopping my seams 1/4” from each edge of the hexagon. I found the process pretty easy to do so I think other hexagan quilts may be in my future (along with that AccuQuilt GO! hexagon die.) I have to say that I really love how hexagons show off the fabrics in a collection!
After sewing up the quilt center, I decided it needed something else to finish it so I added a narrow frame of Almond followed by a scrappy border of Plum Delicious fabrics.
For quilting, I went with a modern motif—straight lines. I created them using ruler work which I’m really starting to like—at least for straight lines…I haven’t done ruler work for anything else just yet.
For the binding, I returned to the Almond fabric and I’m glad I did because I love how this turned out.
For the backing, I pieced together some odds and ends from my stash that matched the front. Heck, I like the back so much I might use the table runner that way as well. <grin>
Here are the quilt details:
18” x 39-1/2"
Fabrics: Island Batiks Almond (a Basic), Plum Delicious collection, and scraps for the backing
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #5011(Rope Beige)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #4030 (Plum)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton
Next month, our challenge is to feature at least three Aurifill thread weights in an art project. I’m working through ideas now. Wish me luck!
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