Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt ~ English Paper Pieced

 A Finished Quilt 

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

Another finished quilt! This English paper pieced hexagon quilt is very heavily inspired by a vintage quilt. The quilt top was completed over several months in 2020 while we were in lockdown due to the pandemic. For various reasons this was a very difficult few months for me and I was fortunate to be able to lean heavily on my craft. At this time I lacked creative ability and vision, but the simple repetitive task of basting papers and stitching by hand saw me through many long evenings and brought me so comfort. I still love English paper piecing.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

To finish the quilt I have quilted it on my domestic sewing machine (with walking foot and quilting guide). I have quilted edge to edge vertical lines through the centre of all hexagons for a clean and simple finish. Quilting many such straight lines is time consuming but well worth it. 

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral print fabric from the Sugar Sack collection by Whistler Studios (Windham Fabrics). This fabric collection was released in 2018 and I purchased yardage of this print for backing fabric. It's such a beautiful print and the colors work perfectly for this (and my next!) quilt. 

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

As usual, I have used my favorite black/white stripe fabric for binding. This particular fabric is by Ella Blue Fabrics which sadly is no longer in business. Lucky I still have some on hand!

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

QUILT DETAILS
A Vintage Hexagon Quilt 
Quilt Size: 55.5 inches x 56.5 inches.
Started: September 2020.
Finished: February 2021.
English Paper Pieced.
7/8" inch hexagons.
A total of 1612 hexagons.
Machine quilted.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

FABRICS USED:
Background fabric: 
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Snow.
Feature fabrics:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Blueprint.
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Torch (orange).
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Flamingo.
Many scrap fabrics!

BATTING:
Low loft cotton batting.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

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.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy Store.

You'll find the listing details here:

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
This last photo is one of the few progress pics that I have of the quilt.
You can see here what the back of the quilt top looks like. Most 
papers have been removed at this point (except for the outer edges). 

As always, thank you for stopping by to see what I have been up to. Your encouragement, support and kind comments are appreciated. 

More soon! I have several finished quilts yet to show you. 

Rita 

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12 comments:

  1. Love the symmetry of the blue and orange hexagons! Your design sense is inspiring.

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  2. A beautiful vintage inspired quilt Rita. I love your choice of solids, which work so well with the scrappy hexies and lovely floral back. Sewing this one must have been a wonderfully positive distraction during difficult times.

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  3. This is sew beautiful,Rita! I love all those fun bright colors with that pink!

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  4. Your new quilt looks absolutely fabulous! The pink is really pretty against the white and I love the blue 'points'.

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  5. Such a beautiful quilt, Rita!! It's always a delight to see your gorgeous work!!

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  6. I always am thrilled when you post. Your color palette is always so soothing and lively to me. I could never, ever EPP. Your work is just so stunning here. Your inspired quilt is a great tribute.

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  7. What a beautiful quilt! It makes me want to grab an EPP project! Your use of the blue and orange solids was brilliant. I like the simple straight line quilting.

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  8. So pretty! I feel compelled to work on some hexies right now! Unfortunately, I must work today. Like Linda said above, I'm always thrilled when you post. You're quite inspirational!

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  9. Your posts have such eye appeal! The quilts are beautiful!! Makes me wish I had more time to EPP. Keep up the work, it inspires me!

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  10. You are, by far, the most inspirational quilter I’ve ever had the pleasure to follow. This quilt is absolutely delightful in every way. Thank goodness we have our craft to see us through difficult times.

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  11. Stunning as always! Love all you work.

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  12. How beautiful! I think I may need to start another EPP quilt soon. Sew fun!

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