Since I can’t enter our Show & Tell events, I thought I’d share my hexie puzzle quilt with you this weekend. I’ve been working on this quilt, off and on, for 2+ years. It’s one of those projects that I’ll focus on for a short time, then put away for a long time. I have great respect for those of you that get so many hand pieced quilts done so quickly.
The fabric I’ve used is a Hoffman Bali Pop (2.5″ strips) called Kiwiberry. I doubt that the one I used is available anymore, but the Fat Quarter Shop has some other gorgeous ones. They are batiks and my pack came with 40 different fabrics.
I sub-cut each of the 40 strips into (17) 2.5″ squares. I need four pieces for each puzzle block, so I ended up with four puzzle blocks from each fabric strip and one extra hexie that will be used in the border. The 2.5″ squares are the perfect size to wrap around the 1″ hexie shapes.
The centre portion of this quilt contains 640 hexies and will be approximately 40″ x 50″. So small for so much work!! I’ll be adding approximately a 5″ dark grey border and incorporating the single hexies around one corner.
I originally purchased the fabrics below to use for the border. But I’ve since changed my mind and will use the green and purple fabrics for the backing instead.
I couldn’t get my pieces to stick to my design wall so I need to layout a portion of the quilt at a time on a table. As I have four puzzle blocks in each fabric, I separated the blocks into four piles, containing one of each of the 40 pieces. I’m work on stitching one quarter of the quilt at a time.
I make sure to take a photo on my phone so I don’t get the pieces mixed up. Here’s the first top left corner all stitched:
Laying out the top right corner:
The two halves side-by-side, but not joined yet.
It’s so easy to attach a piece incorrectly:
I cut my own papers for this quilt. Originally, I created my own template, printed it and cut out the pieces, but shortly after I started I came across Melanie’s template. It’s much better than mine. You can download it here! You can layer 3 or 4 pieces of paper together, staple very well, and cut out many pieces at one time. I also really like Melanie’s Hexagon videos.
My best tips:
Use a strong thin thread, such as Aurifil 50wt cotton and as small (i.e. thin) of a needle as you can. Whip stitching is more difficult with the thinner batik fabrics than a quilting cotton print. When basting the fabrics to the paper, I use a larger, strong utility needle, i.e. not one of my expensive ones, and crappy old serger thread. :) Save your good needles and thread for the stitches that will remain in your project.
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