My Bee’s Knee’s Hexagon Quilt is complete! In the SLMQG, Elisa gave us 1/3 yard of each of Terrie Mangat’s Bee’s Knees fabric and challenged us to make a hexagon quilt using these and other fabrics. These fabrics have tons of fun and bright colors, with great organic movement. It was a really fun collection to work with.
I knew I wanted to sew hexagons together using this tutorial, so I just had to find the perfect hexagon block to make. While cruising the web, I found a great paper pieced block by Lynne of Lily’s Quilts. I loved it, but I didn’t want to paper piece anything. So, I strained my brain, and came up with this block:
It’s basically a bunch of triangles. Each block took quite a while to make, but using that sewing hexagons tutorial from Tallgrass Prairie Studio made sewing the hexagons together actually fun.
I found a great DS Quilts fabric for the backing of the quilt. I had the quilt top finished and basted and the quilt guild helped me decide to go ahead and not square up the quilt, and to leave the outside hexagons as hexagons. The quilting was done in a straight line fashion, a little more than 1/4 inch from the seam lines. I was nervous about the binding (I’ve never bound anything but 90 degree angles) but it worked out.
This hexagon quilt is about a large lap size. It was a great experiment. Two of the corners ended up being whole hexagons, so I had a few 120 degree angles to work with, but two corners were these 60 degree angles, which made for a great challenge as well.
This quilt before washing was 68 inches by 78 inches. After washing, it went down to 64 inches by 74.5 inches.
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