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Keepsake Quilting’s Fabric for Life Contest is back! Enter every day, now through the end of this year, for a chance to win a 20-year supply of fabric. That’s 52 yards of fabric of your choice each year for 20 years, to be exact. Can you imagine how much fun that would be to win? And there are other wonderful prizes up for grabs too! Check out the full prize list:

Grand Prize – The Grand Prize winner will receive a 20-year supply of fabric from KeepsakeQuilting.com (valued at $11,440)

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First Place – One lucky winner will receive a 570 QE Sewing Machine from Bernina (valued at $4,399)

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Second Place — One lucky winner will receive a Velocity 200IR iron, The Board 2-in-1 ironing table, and iron rest from Reliable Corporation (valued at $463)

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Third Place — Five winners will receive a fabric bundle from each of these sponsors: Henry GlassBlankFabri-QuiltStudio e Fabrics, and Quilting Treasures (valued at $100-$200)

This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Learn more and read the official rules here.

Enter the contest now, and be sure to bookmark the page and check back daily to enter.

Good luck!
Natalie

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Board Game: A Visit with Connie K. Campbell

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Today we’re welcoming quilt designer Connie K. Campbell as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures!

Connie designed the Board Game quilt featured in our Sept/Oct ’16 issue. This striking wall quilt is made in purple, cream, green and gold batiks and features geometric shapes and striking angles.

My name is Connie Kresin Campbell and I blog at Freemotion by the River. I am an ambassador for Island Batik and really enjoy working with their beautiful fabrics. When I saw the Sea Canyon collection that came out this summer I knew I wanted to make a quilt that would use the neat leaf print batik for the large border. I like working with two different blocks in quilts and this layout made me think of board games from my childhood.

Board Game Quilt Wall Board Game: A Visit with Connie K. Campbell

I also do a monthly blog post for AccuQuilt where I share tutorials using their dies. Many times I will do a quilt with a mix of regular quilt fabrics and also batiks.

Sometimes batiks have a tendency to bleed so you should either prewash your fabrics or add a Shout Color Catcher in the wash machine. I normally go with the Color Catcher and have never had a problem with dyes bleeding, I also take my quilt out of the washer as soon as it is done and then put it in the dryer on a low heat.

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I have been quilting most of my life and a little over 20 years ago I bought a old Singer sewing machine at a estate sale and fell in love with old sewing machines. I continue using my 15-91 Singer sewing machine for all of my quilting. It is a single stitch machine so I use my darning foot for my free motion applique and quilting.

I am always sharing tutorials, patterns and other fun things on my blog. Please stop by for a visit! Freemotion by the River http://www.conniekresin.com/

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Thank you for joining us today, Connie!

If you’d like to make Board Game and don’t have a copy of our September/October ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Board Game.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 23

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer.  Welcome back to our sew along.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today we’re featuring a great block for this time of year – Summer Fun, block #169 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 2. This block was designed by the lovely sister team of Me and My Sister Designs, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson. They design bright and colorful fabrics for Moda Fabrics.

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Summer Fun, block #169 designed by Me and My Sister Designs

Quarter-square triangles along with some squares and rectangles are all you need to make this fun block.

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quarter-square triangle unit

Block assembly:

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block asembly

Three different colorways:

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three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

Next week is our halfway point – block #24. Can you believe it? We’ll have a little celebration and a giveaway. Be sure to stop by! Until next week, happy sewing!

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Ninja Stars: A Visit with Bea Lee

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Today we’re welcoming quilt designer Bea Lee as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Bea designed the Ninja Stars quilt featured in our new September/October ’16 issue, and she’s going to tell us how this design came to life:

Ninja Star quilt (shurikens)

Hi, it’s Bea from beaquilter.com. I’m a stay-at-home mom of 4 children (1 boy and 3 girls from 14 years old down to 9 months old) I’m originally from Denmark but have lived in the US (now NC) for 20 years and have been married for almost 18 to my wonderful supportive husband. I’ve quilted for 12 years and long arm quilted for 8.

I’m here to show a little insight on this fast and fun kite quilt.

First, a little about how this quilt idea started. I’m an avid blogger and I love to join blog hops, challenges, or do tutorials, etc.

In 2015 another blog (soscrappy) had a challenge of doing a block or two or more of a specific color each month and the color would be announced each month (RSC16).

I had all intentions of joining, but never did, so I was happy when the challenge restarted in 2016! I joined right away and my challenge to myself was to use Accuquilt dies! (They are one of my sponsors on my blog so I have a LOT of dies.)

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When January’s color was announced it was blue, and I made a bunch of test blocks with my dies.

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Here is my 4” Kite die blocks.

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Then I also started playing in EQ7 with different quilt layouts. One sketch had a white background but I liked the black better.

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I emailed this to Quiltmaker and they accepted it so then of course I had to make up the rest of the colors and with this one it uses 10 colors.

As I made the quilt center I came up with the idea of an inner border and thought a plain one-color was boring so I designed this.

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And my plan was to use the same scraps for the border. Then that also gave me the idea to continue the scrappy-ness in the binding, so I used any scraps I had for that as well and cut plenty extra!

Here’s the finished quilt. I quilted feathers and swirls all over it, which is a customer favorite. (I long arm quilt for customers too.)

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I really like to use what I have on hand for backings, so here I added a stripe down the middle of a WOF and deliberately did it off center. Then embroidered a label too. icon smile Ninja Stars: A Visit with Bea Lee

My husband named the quilt “shurikens” by the way.

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Hope you liked reading a bit about how this quilt came to life!

A special thanks to Accuquilt and Electric Quilt and of course Quiltmaker!

-A note to readers: If you are ever thinking about being published in a magazine, just email them! I had an idea and a sketch and they liked it. They are super nice to work with too, so try it out one day!-

Happy quilting,
Bea

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Thank you for joining us today, Bea!

If you’d like to make Ninja Stars and don’t have a copy of our September/October ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store.

A digital pattern is also available for Ninja Stars.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 22

Hi Everyone. It’s time for block 22 in the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

This week we’re featuring Spinwheel, block #675 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 7 designed by Cindy Lammon. Cindy has a special treat for you over on her blog, so be sure to stop by and visit.

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Spinwheel, block #675 designed by Cindy Lammon

Triangles are all you need to sew this fun, scrappy block.

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Spinwheel assembly

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Spinwheel in three different colorways.

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

We’re getting close to the halfway point in our Sew Along—two more weeks. We’ll have a special giveaway then to celebrate. I hope you’re following along with us! Happy Sewing!

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Help Us Choose Our November/December ’16 Cover

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Which one’s the best? Follow the link to place your vote!

We’d like to invite you to help us choose the cover for our upcoming November/December ’16 issue of Quiltmaker! We have two potential covers we are considering. Please place your vote at this link to let us know which you would notice and reach for on newsstands.

Be sure to keep an eye out for this upcoming issue when it goes on sale at newsstands October 4, 2016. Better yet, you can subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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10 Fun Sewing-Themed Quilts!

I love sewing-themed quilts. From spools of thread to vintage sewing machines, there are lots of fun designs you can feature on a quilt to showcase your love of sewing. I had a little fun this week and dug through our archives to pull together a list of sewing-themed quilts that have been published by Quiltmaker and some of our sister brands. Hope you enjoy!

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Sewful Things

Sewful Things: Spools, buttons and thimbles, oh my! This throw designed by QM associate editor Diane Harris is featured in Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’14. (It was inspired by her I’m Sew Happy block from vol. 9). Finished size is 57” x 70.5”.

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My Sewing Room

My Sewing Room: This wall hanging designed by Charise Randell would make the most charming addition to your sewing room. It features a foundation pieced sewing machine, an iron and two dress forms — and check out those spools on the border. The pattern is included in Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Spring ’13. Finished size is 21” x 45”.

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Quilting at the Lake: Escape to a blissful sewing getaway at the lake with this fusible-appliqued wall quilt designed by Sue Pritt. Finished size of the quilt is 29” x 38”.

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Quiltmaker’s Garden

Quiltmaker’s Garden: Created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Quiltmaker, this twin quilt was originally featured as a popular five-part series in our magazine. Pinweel blocks “bloom” on the design alongside flowers, birds, butterflies, appliquéd vines and leaves and a gazebo. It was designed by our art director Denise Starck and the QM staff and features piecing, foundation piecing and appliqué. Finished size is 72” x 94”.

QuiltSquad 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Quilt Squad

Quilt Squad: The Fabric Stasher, the Needler, the Chain Piecer and the Perfect Presser —which member of the Quilt Squad are you? Laughs are guaranteed with this fun wall hanging designed by Amy Bradley. The finished size is 23” x 21” and a kit is available!

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Quilter’s Puzzler

Quilter’s Puzzler: This clever embroidered crossword puzzle quilt was designed by Carlene Litz for our Quilting & Embroidery Fall ’10 issue. It finishes at 58” x 58”.

3LittleQuilters 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

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1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Quilters: Celebrate your quilting friends with this whimsical wall quilt designed by Amy Bradley. The design shows three quilting friends showing off their blocks at show-and-tell. The design finishes at 24” x 24” and a kit is available!

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Threaded: A traditional spool block gets a makeover in this pretty quilt designed by our friend Kimberly Jolly from The Fat Quarter Shop. The finished size is 62” x 76”.

QuiltDiva 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Quilt Diva

Quilt Diva: Meet Quilt Diva — she’s full of fun and at every quilt getaway. You know someone like her, or maybe you are her! Either way, this quilt designed by Amy Bradley will look great in your sewing room. Finished size is 29” x 53”. A kit is available!

SunsetLake 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Sunset Lake

Sunset Lake: A finished quilt and a glass of wine by the lake — what could be better? This wall quilt was designed by Sue Pritt. Finished size is 25” x 30”. A kit is available.

Follow our newest Pinterest board for even more sewing-themed quilts and blocks!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 21

Happy August everyone! It’s hard to believe summer for us here is 2/3 over. Where does the time go? How’s your 100 Blocks Sampler coming along?

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All of the quilt blocks in this pattern have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

I hope you find that sewing one block each week is doable and enjoyable. I know it’s hard to keep up sometimes, no matter how large or small the block is that you’re making!

Today we’re featuring a block from the talented young designer Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design. This block is North Country, block #479 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 5.

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North Country, block #479 designed by Doug Leko

This block is a little more challenging to sew than some of the other ones, but the result is well worth the effort!

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units for the block

Assembly:

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North Country assembly

North Country in three different colorways.

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North Country in three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week with another fun block from the 100 Blocks Sampler! Happy Sewing!

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Two Birds, One Stone: Ovarian Cancer Swap & Giveaway

dianeharris Two Birds, One Stone: Ovarian Cancer Swap & GiveawayBy Diane Harris
Associate Editor, Quiltmaker

 

 

When my daughter worked for a non-profit providing services to families battling childhood cancer, she kept a chart like this above her desk.

cancersurvival Two Birds, One Stone: Ovarian Cancer Swap & GiveawayIt was an ever-present reminder that awareness and research are making a difference.

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Today I’m happy to be a stop on the blog tour for the Teal Mini Swap 2016, hosted by past QM Scrap Squad member Beth Helfter. Beth lost her mom to ovarian cancer in 2002, and she hosts this swap of small quilts to raise awareness and dollars for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).

2016 Teal cover 1024x379 Two Birds, One Stone: Ovarian Cancer Swap & GiveawayIt’s inexpensive at just $15, and ten of those dollars go directly to OCRF. The other five dollars help to cover Beth’s expenses. You can make a mug rug (10″ square max) or a mini quilt (18″ square max) and you’ll receive the same from a partner. Quilts are to be sent by October 1. Find all of the details and sign up.

tealswap1 Two Birds, One Stone: Ovarian Cancer Swap & GiveawayThe piece you make can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. This is the front of the piece I made for the 2014 swap. It’s about 12″ square.

 

 

 

 

 

And this is the back of the same piece. tealswapback Two Birds, One Stone: Ovarian Cancer Swap & GiveawayThe center block is from a pattern QM published called Asterisk. It was designed by Karen Griska.

 

 

 

 

When you register for the Teal Mini Swap 2016, you’ll receive a small piece of teal fabric courtesy of Moda Fabrics. (YAY for Moda, and thank you!)

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This year’s theme fabric in teal is donated by Moda Fabrics.

Mistyfuse and Beth are sponsoring a giveaway of Mistyfuse products this week. If you haven’t discovered Mistyfuse for all things fusible, you’re in for a real treat. It’s a very lightweight but strong fusible web product that comes in several variations, but they’re all wonderful and easy to use.

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For your chance to win the Mistyfuse products, please leave a comment below.
Winner’s info below! I’d like to know two things: Have you been touched by any kind of cancer, and what quilt project are you working on right now? I’ll pick a random winner on August 8 and announce it here.

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Please register to take part in the swap! You’ll have fun and support a good cause at the same time. Two birds, one stone!

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Visit the other blogs on the tour:

Kelli Fannin/Seriously I think it needs stitches
Amy Friend/During Quiet Time
Jacquelynne Steves/The Art of Home
Coming Soon:
Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts
Michele Foster/Quilting Gallery

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Here is vital information from ocrf.org:

Cancer of the ovaries, the reproductive organs responsible for producing eggs and female hormones, is an insidious disease that can often strike without warning. Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, as the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, similar to those in other non cancer conditions affecting women. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but tests exist that can identify women who are at higher risk for the disease.
Only 20 percent of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region. When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. Sadly, though, most patients are diagnosed at advanced stages, and less than 50 percent of women survive longer than five years after diagnosis. The good news is that today 50 percent of women are surviving longer than five years after diagnosis–a marked improvement in the survival rate from 30 or more years ago when it was 10 percent to 20 percent.
Still, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. American Cancer Society estimates 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States in 2012 and about 15,500 women will die from the disease.

Thanks for lending me your ear today!

From Diane Harris: Thank you for all of the comments. I had to read them with tissues. For each of you who has been touched by cancer in any way, I am sorry, and I wish you healing and wholeness in the days to come. The giveaway winner is Susan H in Brooklyn, New York.

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Quilting That Travels Part 5: English Paper Piecing Hexies

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By Tricia Patterson

Quiltmaker Associate Editor

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Denise’s Hexie wall hanging

My first day on the job Paula Stoddard, our Managing Editor, gave me a tour of the F+W Media office space in Golden. We stopped at our Art Director Denise Stark’s office where I saw the most fabulous quilt hanging on the wall. I willingly admit the introduction dallied a bit because I couldn’t take my eyes off her quilt. Later, I discovered the quilt pattern she made, Sonja Callaghan’s design, in Quiltmaker May/June 2013, an issue showcasing modern twists of traditional hexagon quilts. They just aren’t our grandmothers’ hexies any longer.

Since 2013, I’ve found we’ve published many quilt patterns, tutorials and workshops about incorporating these clever shapes in quilting. (I’ve listed a few sources for you at the end of the blog.) I’ve learned there are several new techniques for making a hexagon quilt. For instance, Sonja’s quilt was designed using half-hexies made with shapes cut from fabric strips and plastic templates.

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Lily’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt

Traditionally, a hexagon quilt was made with the English Paper Piecing (a.k.a. EPP) technique. As a hand quilter, of course I prefer this method. The last hexagon quilt I made was for my granddaughter, using a time-traveled pattern named Grandmother’s Flower Garden. If you look around you will see this pattern everywhere. I frequent antique shops and I almost always see at least one scrappy fabric garden quilt. I recently found the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt in the photo at a shop in Golden.

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English Paper Piecing dates back to the early 1700s. As with the hands-on method used today, the technique begins when paper templates are cut to the exact size of a finished patch. Then fabric is basted to the paper pieces. The paper acts as a stabilizer, eliminating the stretching that can occur along all the bias edges. Like foundation piecing, the papers remain in place until all the patches are finished for a quilt. I won’t deny to naysayers that English paper piecing takes extra time, compared to machine quilting. However, it is another great traditional pattern you can work on during a long car trip, or sitting next to your honey in the evening.

I started a quilt for my oldest grandson during a car trip we took last weekend to Kansas City. Benjamin is a very inquisitive 10-year-old with a fascination for math and science. I chose the Science Fair fabric collection designed by Rani Child for Robert Kaufman for his quilt and hexagon patches because they are geometric shapes and remind me of atoms; fabric well-suited to his interests.

Materials and Preparation Before You Go

Buy or make paper templates the desired size of the finished hexagon patch.

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Our foremothers recycled newspapers for their hexagon patch templates. (I think castaway printer paper is the perfect alternative.)  A real find at an antique shop is to find the paper still attached to a quilt; it was often used instead of batting back in the day. Today, you can buy ready-cut paper templates. You can buy a hexagon ruler like one created by Fons and Porter that includes many sizes you can use for cutting fabric shapes, and as a guide for sizing paper templates. I made a 6” plastic template for Lily’s quilt several years ago. I pulled it out to cut the shapes for Ben’s quilt out of cardstock, and used my new F&P hexagon ruler to cut the fabric. I cut the hexagons from cardstock because it is sturdy enough to allow me to use the paper pieces again several times, saving time to cut all those shapes.

Cut out fabric hexagons.

Many quilters direct you to use a generous 1/4” seam allowance, around all sides of a hexagon paper piece. I like to use 1/2” because it gives me a little more fabric to hold on to when I’m basting it to the paper. I feel like it also minimizes the chance of the fabric slipping as I stitch around the edges.

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Making a Hexagon Patch

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After laying the hexagon paper piece to the back of the fabric, fold the fabric edges onto the paper piece. Baste around all the edges to secure the paper piece to the fabric. I’ve tried several techniques to prevent the fabric from slipping away from the paper piece–and to make sure I fold the fabric as close to the paper edge as I’m stitching. I’ve tried using pins to hold the pieces together. The best solution I’ve found has been to spray a little quilter’s adhesive (like 501 Spray and Fix) onto the fabric before placing the paper. Basting goes faster if you aren’t struggling to keep the fabric straight around the paper.

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Next, join the hexagon shapes with a small, closely stitched whipstitch. Similar to foundation piecing, I leave the basting stitch and piecing papers in until I have all the patches sewn together.

To add a little fun to your hexagon quilt, go modern. (I think this is why I fell in love with Denise’s wall hanging, all the really fun fabric shapes inside a traditional hexagon.) Take a hexagon paper piece; draw lines of any length, shape, direction, size, etc. Use the lines as guides to cut the shapes on the paper piece. Like a puzzle, put the pieces back together again to layout the original hexagon shape.  Cover each of the pieces with fabric. Whipstitch the pieces together. Here is one of the hexies I made for Benjamin’s quilt.

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I wanted Ben’s quilt to have a scrappy look; scrappy in this case being randomly placed patches, without the look of a lot of structure. The photo below shows my audition of all the hexies I’ve made for the quilt as of today. Check out the very subtle fun hexies I’ve placed for some tricky eye candy! All those atoms floating around, just waiting for him to discover a new solution.

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Check out these links for more information, instruction and tools for your English Paper Piecing Hexagon quilt making.

Inklingo: Hexagons with Linda Franz

A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon by Diane Harris

Garden Pavers Table Runner

Nature’s Harmony Quilt Kit

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 Miss any of Tricia’s other Quilting That Travels tutorials? Read them all here.

For even more on-the-go fun, check out our upcoming online course Sew-On-The-Go with Needle-Turn Hand Applique taught by Deanne Eisenman. This 6-session course will guide you through creating a beautiful appliqué wall hanging.

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