Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Scrappy Hexagon Quilt - Part 1

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

I had no business starting another English Paper Piecing (EPP) project but I did it anyway. Having a slow sewing project on the go continues to give me so much pleasure, and while I have yet to baste and quilt several of my already completed EPP quilt tops, this one quietly slipped in without any guilt or regret, and has now been added to my pile of finished quilt tops.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
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A traditional 1 inch Hexagon Scrap Quilt has been on my quilty bucket list for some time. I just love the look of scrappy patchwork and by keeping the hexagon pieces relatively small I get to use many of my favorite stash fabrics. As you can see, many of the fabrics have been fussy cut to feature a design element (it seems I have many different fabrics with strawberries!). If you've been quilting - and collating a fabric stash for a while - I think you will recognise many of the prints that I have used. Some fabrics have been around for quite some time, and others are fairly recent additions to my stash.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

Making this quilt top has been a labor of love! Just like any hand pieced quilt, the process is very time consuming. I spent a lot of time cutting fabric pieces. Most fabrics have been repeated up to four times, and I estimate to have used up to 300 different fabrics. I really do enjoy pulling fabric from stash and can happily spend days cutting hexagons, watching the pile of hexies grow. All fabrics were cut by using a rotary cutter and an acrylic hexagon template.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

I continue to glue baste my papers/fabrics for English Paper Piecing and have no trouble keeping the papers in place for as long as is required, nor do I have difficulty removing the papers. Most of the hexagon papers used for this quilt were previously used to piece my Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

All the photos shown here are of the quilt top after the papers have been removed, except for along the very edges of the quilt top. Pictured above is a photo of what the back of the quilt top looks like.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt
The quilt top measures approximately 53 inches x 63 inches.
Started: June 2019.
English Paper Pieced.
1 inch hexagons.
A total of 1332 Hexagons.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

To keep my project portable - sew anywhere, anytime - I pieced 16-patch blocks.

Step 1 :: Piece strips of four hexagons together as pictured above.

Step 2 :: Piece four strips together into a 16-patch block as pictured below.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

A total of 324 strips of four hexagons (Step 1).
A total of 81 16-patch blocks (Step 2).

I then arranged the 81 blocks in 9 rows of 9 blocks,
 pieced the blocks together in vertical rows,
and finished by piecing together the vertical rows with
a long vertical seam.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

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

Points to note:
  • Whenever possible I like to ensure that my fabric pieces are cut and sewn together on grain. This should result in a nice and flat completed quilt top with the least stretch and fabric movement, which will make basting and quilting easier.
  • Removing papers as you go makes for much more comfortable piecing. I started removing papers when sewing together blocks into vertical rows.
  • Once the quilt top was completed I decided to add one extra row of hexagons (36 hexies) to add an additional 2 inches to the length of the quilt. 
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

My goal is to baste this quilt top by the end of the week, and then start quilting it next week. I have already sorted through my fabric stash for a suitable quilt back, and cut a piece of batting to size. Now ready for basting ....

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

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  1. So beautiful! Do you hold the pieces flat,right sides together for sewing or do you hold them side against side? You are really fast with these!

  2. Wow! What a happy quilt! I love it!

  3. You started this June 2019 ? and I am reading that it is "finished" July 2019 ??? WOW you are fast. And I love it

  4. Absolutely delicious. I can’t believe you pieced it together so quickly! If this is a 'to go' project, you must always be on the go!

  5. I love this hexie quilt top. It is beautiful. Each piece has even more memorable with the hand piecing.
    Oh I know where you are.... I am always thinking about you and you are in my prayers. Daddy is almost 96.
    I know you are enjoying these days, a special bond.
    I am also taking hand sewing with me. Hexies for sure. and all of the supplies. I carry everything in a small clear bag with a zipper, and everything is organized.
    Now the grand girls, all 4 of them. They wear me out
    Happy Wintertime for you. We are toasting here

  6. Very inspiring! I am working on my very first hexie quilt! I am using 2 inch hexies since the smaller ones intimidated me. I sit with a 98 year old neighbor and hand sewing hexies is the perfect project. There will be 168 hexies but I am not sure if that will be a large enough quilt. Really enjoying the journey. :)

  7. Rita. love your work, love this quilt. However, I cannot hand piece, must be missing the gene for it. I would love to make a hexagon quilt by machine piecing, but don't know how. Your colors, your fabrics, always make me swoon.

  8. Beautiful! I do recognize many favorite fabrics.

  9. It is beautiful . . . I love hexie quilts. Paper piecing is a wonderful way to take quilting with you on the go. I have one going that I started a few years ago . . . one day I'll be surprised and have enough for a quilt top. I think that day may be soon, or no more than a year away, LOL.
    Lovely post!

  10. Love your quilt. Did you join all those hexies by hand?

  11. Great quilt!!...And thanks so much for sharing details of your process and tools.

  12. I had to come back and look at this again . . .it's gorgeous :)

  13. What a charming and delicious quilt! ❤

  14. The colors and fabric patterns make this a beautiful quilt!


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