Hexagon Baby Quilt Top Finished OMG
Thankfully, we have finished our April One Monthly Goal (OMG) and we will share it on Patty’s Elm Street Quilts linky party just as soon as it opens. We were going to concentrate on a hexagon baby quilt top. The icing on the cake would be to get it quilted and possibly bound as well. How did we do?!!
Hexagon Party Time
Prior to starting this project, I’ve been seeing loads of different hexagon projects on Pinterest and in friends’ blog posts. I wasn’t drawn to shape or even a project until Sue’s boss was expecting a baby in June and their favorite theme is the hexagon. A pattern without y-seams was a necessity and Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair shared the perfect tutorial for our needs. Fabrics were chosen from the Stonehedge collection, and then cut using a file-folder template (ooh, fancy!).
Hexagon Layout – Does it Work?
Here’s a peek at the first three rows. Oh yes, this tutorial and our pieces are going to work just fine.
Here is a look at how the seams go together: first, there is a bit of fabric hanging over each side when aligning up the edges. Formal ruler templates would have the dog-ears eliminated.
Secondly, once sewn you can either press open of to one side. I chose to press to one-side just to have each row nest together nicely. The points match very well as you can see below. Come on – I’m not going to share a picture where they didn’t line up perfectly although there were a few!
Hexagon April OMG Met
Our charge for the April OMG project is to sew the half-hexagon shapes into a quilt top.
We did that by mid-month . . . but could we push further and get it quilted as well?! I did ponder the quilting design and came up with something I in my own Pinterest account that I had PINned ages ago. First, I tried drawing it on a picture on the computer.
Then, I gave my plexiglass a shot with near disaster results, coming too close to the edge for comfort. We both said PHEW! (Sue DID add painter’s tape to the edges so that won’t happen again.) Angela’s version looks so much better than my attempt on the plexiglass.
A ruler is going to be used for nice crisp straight lines and to stitch-in-the-ditch, followed by FMQ for the pedal/wavy shape.
Hexagon Backing, Quilting, and Finish
If you’re with me this far you probably know how this is ending but you would be WRONG. Quilting of the above shape has happened but not as successfully as I had hoped. Two hexagon shapes were quilted without issue and then the dreaded thread break happened and happened and happened. Why?? I rethreaded, changed the needle, lowered the position of the presser foot, and did plenty of ripping along with some growling. Finally, I used a different thread on top with success but walked away to complete the rest of the ripping in comfort.
Rather than rush through the quilting I’m sharing one successful block. I’ll write a separate post sharing all the FMQ and ruler work tips I learned because there are plenty. Finally, I smile when I look at that picture above. Even though it’s not in the pretty gray thread that I had planned . . . the stitches look fairly even, I consistently hit the center point, and most importantly I have the wave on the left side of the straight lines. Those are three major wins for me.
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