Tuesday, October 30, 2018

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 1

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

I couldn't wait to start a new English Paper piecing (EPP) project and am excited to show you what I have been working on since finishing my Liberty Hexagon Quilt. Hexagons are synonymous with both traditional quilts and classic EPP - and I am passionate about both - and as I have loved working with this simple shape in the past I decided that I had yet another hexagon quilt in me. 

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

For this quilt project I have dug deep into my stash of blue fabrics; from deep dark navy to teal, aqua, and baby blue, mixed with a hint of green and shades of grey. All fabrics are printed quilting cottons and range in design from simple basics (dots, stripes, gingham) to floral and text fabrics. Many of the fabrics have been repeated for multiple hexagon flowers.

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

Many of the fabrics have also been fussy cut to feature a fabric design element which has been repeated across the six "petals" of the hexagon flowers. The fussy cutting process was way more time consuming than I thought it would be, however it is well worth the effort for the graphic effect.

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

QUILT DETAILS
B is for Blues
108 Hexagon Flowers
(756 Hexagons)
Hexagon size: 7/8" SIDES

Fabrics Used:
Quilting Cotton
(Many of the floral fabrics are by Japanese designer
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics).

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
 7/8 Inch Hexagon Papers.
7/8 Inch Hexagon Template with 3/8" seam allowance.
Water Soluble Basting Glue - Sewline.
Straw Needles - Size 11.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads.

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

Now all I need to do is make a plan on how to piece these hexie flowers together and then take action: stitch, stitch, stitch. Easier said than done but, as always, I am taking it one stitch at a time.

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

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17 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Oh, each flower is a jewel! What a wonderful job you've done and you are right about the fussy cutting. It is worth every bit of the extra time. Fantastic!!!

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  2. Wow! You certainly know how to keep busy! This is delightful all in blue with splashes of yellow. Love the fussy cut hexies. They add just the right element of surprise to the roaming eye.

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  3. Rita, The hexagons are darling! What a labor of love! I'm so glad you "...had yet another hexagon quilt...." in you! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    -Jean <3

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  4. I was starting to get withdrawals...thank you for the new post! Love,love,love!!! Perfection as always and it does my OCD heart good to see this!

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  5. Oh wow! Just wow! The colors,the design, the work and love involved!! What else can be said than wow!!!

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  6. Love these hexi flowers so much! Such great colors and designs to catch the eye over and over. Beautiful!

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  7. I don't think I will ever get tired of hexagons, and yours are beautiful.

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  8. Beautiful! I love them. Super cute!

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  9. Lovely! Really like the blues with a spec of yellow now and then.

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  10. Oh, your work is just so wonderful. Your fabric is great. I can't do EPP. I was wondering about using Inklingo to print on the fabric and sew together. Thanks for showing such eye candy!

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  11. Wow! Beautiful hexi's. Hope you don't have too many cats to help with the layout!

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  12. Blue is my favorite color. Your hexies make me smile. :)

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  13. What a treat to hear from you! Your blue hexagons are lovely.

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  14. Simply stunning. My eyes are honestly just dancing around looking at those lovely hexi flowers! Hope you are well and enjoying your time stitching!

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  15. I am amazed at the way you have been able to mitre the striped and checked hexies. This is incredible work. Bravo!

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  16. Can't get over how much fussy cutting you did for this quilt....It is amazing! Of your more recent creations, this is one of my favorites. If I can ever get organized enough, I would like to start cutting my own hexie EPP quilt. Hope you are enjoying your less structured life.

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