Thursday, September 11, 2008
Kaliedoscope Number 2
This morning I put the borders on Scrap Therapy. I would have loaded it onto the frame for quilting but I don't have a big enough piece of batting.
Here are the basic steps for making the hexagon quilt. If you want to try it, I would highly recommend buying the book, One Block Wonders or the one I have, One Block Wonders Encore.
First of all you find some suitable fabric. You can test it by holding two mirrors at a sixty degree angle to each other on the fabric. You will be able to see what sort of patterns you will get. This is a gorgeous Japanese fabric that I got at Blue Bamboo in Minneapolis.
You cut each repeat of the pattern until you have six layers. You pin these very carefully matching the patterns exactly.
Cut the fabric in 3 3/4 inch strips from selvege to selvege.
Cut each strip into triangles using a 60 degree ruler.
Arrange the triangles into a circle with the straight grain to the bottom. of each triangle.
Sew the triangles into half hexagons and pin them on the middle where they will eventually be sewn together.
Put them up on the design wall and enjoy them until you have hundreds made. Then you have the fun of finding the perfect layout. You sew them in long strips and then down the middle where they were pinned. I'll show that step when I get to it, but it will be awhile.