Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt

A Finished Quilt.
Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I have had plans for this simple color layout for a Hexagon Quilt for some time. One shape, three different colors. As soon as I saw this year's Kona Color of the Year (Pink Flamingo) I knew that the time had come. 

Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

My initial plans were to hand pieced (no papers) this quilt top, and I have been practising hand piecing hexagons, but then I had a light bulb moment and decided to try piecing these hexagons by machine. I have previously made several quilts with y-seams and I could not imagine that this would be any different, or more difficult. And it wasn't!

Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

After a few minor hiccups I quickly found my sewing rhythm and a way of piecing hexagons by machine that worked best for me. The process is no doubt similar to how you would go about piecing hexagons by hand, other than that the manual sewing task is replaced by a machine. It is definitely quicker! (I am preparing a tutorial for machine pieced hexagons - check back later this week for all the details.)

Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Quilted with vertical edge to edge lines of stitching, spaced just a 1/2 inch apart. No lines were marked for the quilting, instead I used the seam lines and a quilting guide attached to the walking foot as a guide. For the quilting I have again used Aurifil 28wt thread (the grey spool) for a stronger stitch definition.

Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used my go-to backing fabric: Newsprint in White from the Story Collection by Carrie Bloomston. The binding fabric is the same as the solid pink fabric used in the quilt top: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Pink Flamingo.

Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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QUILT STATS
Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt
Quilt top measures 44 inches x 59 inches.
Finished Hexagon Size: 2 inch sides.
Solid fabric used:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Parchment
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Pink Flamingo
Thread:
Aurifil 50wt  (orange spool) for piecing.
Aurifil 28wt (grey spool) for quilting.
Batting:
Low Loft Cotton Batting:
Warm & White batting from The Warm Company;
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

See all the listing details here:
Modern Hexagon Quilt

Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This is my first machine pieced Hexagon Quilt and I imagine it is not my last! I love how the quilt turned out; I was pleased with how well it basted, and quilting a quilt top made from solid fabric is always a pleasure for the stitching is an additional and prominent feature.

Next up: a tutorial ~ Machine Piecing Hexagons.

As always, thanks you for stopping by!
Rita
Pink Flamingo Hexagon Quilt | Machine Stitched Hexagons | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Tutorial: Machine Piecing Hexagons
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Color of the Year 2017: Pink Flamingo
More RPQ Quilts with y-seams:
Scrappy Kansas Dugout Quilt - April 2014
Gardenvale Kansas Dugout Quilt - April 2015
Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt - August 2016

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18 comments:

  1. I love the simplicity of the three colors. Flamingo is beautiful. Can hardly wait to see the tutorial.

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  2. Isn't that a great pink? I was so disappointed in last year's "highlight" -- I liked it a couple times when other people threw a little neon yellow in their quilts, but I just couldn't. Awkward junior high flashbacks, I guess!

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    1. agree, Vicki.
      I do not even like highlighter markers anymore because of those flashbacks

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  3. Perfection as usual - not a pucker or hiccup in sight. Don't know how you do it. Years of practice, I guess. I want to be you when I grow up.

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  4. I second what Bearpawquilter says!! Stunning. I hope to own one of your quilts one day.

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  5. I look forward to your tutorial. I love the Kona colours you used -- they go so well together.

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  6. It's gorgeous! The color combination is beautiful. Well done.

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  7. Lovely color choices for the pink.
    I love the hexies. I like how you are always challenging yourself with something not "just ordinary"

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  8. This is fabulous, as is all of your quilts. You really do have a wonderful eye for putting things together. I look forward to your tutorial.

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  9. I have a question... what machine do you quilt your quilts on? I am working on a checkerboard one, and want to quilt it by stitching in the ditch. However, I've been told that doing this on a regular machine will cause the quilt to warp.

    I appreciate the help! :)

    ~Lizzy

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    1. Hi Lizzy - thank you for stopping by. I quilt my own quilts and use a Bernina domestic sewing machine for quilting (an Industrial Juki for piecing). I often stitch in the ditch and my quilts don't warp :-)

      Rita

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    2. Thank you very much! :)

      ~Lizzy

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  10. I just adore this quilt. The colours as simple and so striking. Look forward to the tutorial. Thank you.

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  11. That is gorgeous! Your work is lovely.

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  12. Looking forward to your tutorial, Rita! It's beautiful!

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  13. Wow! Such a gorgeous and inspiring finish, Rita.

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  14. Beautiful!I love the combinations of colors !

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