Get the full tutorial for this quilting pattern by our sister mag, Love Patchwork and Quilting. Chill out on the sofa with a cup of tea, then add a little embroidery, just like our super-cute collaboration with Brother!
You will need:
• Fabric A 5/8yd
• Fabric B 5/8yd
• Fabric C ½yd
• Fabric D ½yd
• Fabric E 5/8yd
• Backing fabric 38in square
• Double-sided fusible batting 38in square
• 2in, 1½in and 1in hexagon templates (see page 87)
We’ve used the gorgeous new Cirrus solids from Cloud9 Fabrics.
• Fabric A – Limestone
• Fabric B – Sky
• Fabric C – Rain
• Fabric D – Turquoise
• Fabric E – Amazon
Finished size 36in square approx
Basting your hexies
This is our fave technique because you can reuse the papers over and over!
Cut out a paper hexagon and a fabric hexagon using the respective templates (see page 87). Pin your paper template to the wrong side of the fabric (or use a dab of basting glue to hold in place).
Fold down each edge of fabric around your paper template, finger pressing as your go. Tack each of the folds in place at the corners, one at a time, taking care to stitch through fabric but not the paper.
Press with a hot dry iron to fix the shape and give nice crisp edges.
For binding, cut two (2) 2½in x WOF strips from each of Fabric A and Fabric E. Cut one (1) 2½in x WOF strip from Fabric B.
Cut and prepare one-hundred and thirty-two (132) 2in hexagons, following the Basting Your Hexies instructions on page 59. We used hexagons in the following colours:
■ Fabric A – twenty-five (25)
■ Fabric B – twenty-seven (27)
■ Fabric C – twenty-eight (28)
■ Fabric D – twenty-six (26)
■ Fabric E – twenty-six (26)
In the same way, cut out and prepare sixteen (16) 1in hexagons. We used hexagons in the following colours:
■ Fabric A – four (4)
■ Fabric B – two (2)
■ Fabric C – five (5)
■ Fabric D – five (5)
Also cut out and prepare eighteen (18) 1½in hexagons. We used hexagons in the following colours:
■ Fabric A – six (6)
■ Fabric B – five (5)
■ Fabric C – three (3)
■ Fabric D – four (4)
Piecing the quilt top
Piece your quilt top in rows of eleven, as we did or re-arrange into hexagon flowers, if you prefer.
Lay out your 2in hexagons and piece into rows of eleven (11) hexagons (Fig 1). To piece the hexagons, place two right sides together. Work a whip stitch along one edge of the hexagons, knotting off your thread at each end. As you work, be careful to only stitch through the fabric, catching a few threads of each hexagon.
Piece the rows to create the quilt top. Place the first two hexagons right sides together, and stitch together as before. When you reach the next edges to be sewn, you may need to fold one of the previous hexagons to line up the edges. Keep working in this way to piece all twelve rows.
Give your quilt top a press front and back. Gently remove the paper pieces from all the hexagons.
Position the smaller pieced hexagons
on the quilt top, referring to the quilt picture on page 59 or choosing your own layout, and pin in place. Appliqué in place using a ladder stitch.
Finishing the quilt
Create a quilt sandwich with the quilt top, batting and quilt back, and fuse the layers together. Because we used a double sided fusible fleece, we left our project unquilted. You could also add some quilting along rows of hexagons or around your embroidered pieces.
Once you’ve finished any quilting, square up your quilt.
To create the multicolour binding, sew your two Fabric A strips end to end, using a straight seam. Trim to 60in. Repeat with your Fabric E strips. Sew your Fabric B strips to either side of the Fabric E strip, then sew the Fabric A strip to one end. Press the binding in half, and use to bind your quilt, starting about 7in from the top on the right side, starting with the Fabric B end of the strip.
• We added an extra layer of detail with a scattering of embroidered hexies, created for us using the Brother Innov-is 955 sewing and embroidery machine.
• A nifty little compact model that retails at £799, the Innov-is 955 features touch screen controls, a 10cm square embroidery area and 70 built in embroidery designs (plus a whopping 226 more on CD and memory stick). It also comes with a two way extension table, 129 built in stitches, an automatic needle threader and a 3 year warranty!
• View the complete Innov-is range online at brothersewing.co.uk
• The designs used in the project were made using Brother’s PED-Design software PE-Design 10 RRP £999.
• Plus! Download the templates to use with your Brother machine (or for a bit of hand embroidery) from the Brother website!