Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Few Hexagon Blocks

When Robyn started The Great Hexagon Quilt-Along blog, I thought it sounded like fun and I joined. The inspiration for the blog is a quilt constructed entirely of diamond-shaped hexagon blocks. I tried English paper-piecing years ago and enjoyed it, even though I thought it a very slow method. By the time Robyn started her blog, Linda Franz had already published several of the Inklingo collections, so I decided the time was right to give it another try. I made one block, then the project fell by the wayside.

This week I decided it was time to get it back on track, so I collected a few more fabrics for it and started washing, pressing and cutting. I'm using primarily civil war fabrics for the quilt, plus scraps of whatever else appeals to me; and I plan to stick to the colors used in the original quilt--red, pink, blue, brown, tan, and cream--but probably in different proportions.

I'm using the Inklingo software to print hexagons right to the fabric, so there's not much preparation. I'm sure the ability to pretty much get right to the sewing will hold my interest longer. I'm trying not to think about the fact that I'll need 82 diamond blocks to complete the quilt as it was originally shown, and I'll just keep plugging away at it.

Since I've just gotten started with this project again, I've made one additional hexagon and nearly finished a second. Handpiecing 25 hexagons together into a block takes me a long time, but I'm really enjoying it. I love looking at the backs of these blocks--all those little hexagons formed by pressing the seams just look so cool.

4 comments:

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love your hexagons! Very pretty colors. I also like the way you're piecing them by hand. Sounds like a great television project.

Margo in Maine said...

they are beautiful..you have been a busy gal since Friday..looking great...

LC said...

Nice, Sue. I just finished EPP some diamonds, hexagons, rectangles and triangles. The finished project is only about 30" max, roughly circular, but was so relaxing!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I love your hexagon diamonds, so pretty. I think they would make a lovely tree skirt...maybe. I think I will have to get in gear and try it. Thank your for you constant inspiration!