Sunday, January 17, 2021

Detour to a Hexagon Flimsy!

My fun little detour has come to a quick end but it sure was an enjoyable trip! I can't believe how quickly this quilt top came together. I'm pretty sure not having to cut all of the hexies contributed to the speed of getting this flimsy together.😀

Luckily for me, I received these hexies from my quilty sister Cheryl after she had tried to put them together into a quilt that she couldn't make work for her. I think I made them work pretty well for me. 😉

rejects
I was able to use most of the hexies but there were a few that were spoiled in that some of the corners had been trimmed and I didn't feel there would be enough fabric for the seams. I set them aside into the reject pile and determined that I would just use up all of the 'good' hexies to make the quilt. Once I started sewing the columns together I realized that if I just made four more hexies that I would be able to make another column. I recognized many of the fabrics that were used in the hexagons so I dug into my stash and found some of them. All I needed to do was to cut three more hexies to add to the lone remaining good hexagon.

replacements
This quilt top was put together randomly although I did try to not have like fabrics together. I wasn't quite successful when it came to the triangles but c'est la vie. Speaking of the triangles - I added them to all of the hexagons even the ones that would eventually become the edges of the flimsy. I didn't know which hexagons would be on the ends and I figured it would be easy to unpick a few triangles and it was.

One thing I would do next time is that I would trim off the dog ears from the triangles after sewing them to the hexagons. It would be more efficient and easier to sew everything together if they are out of the way.

This flimsy finished at 65" x 80". I am not sure if I am going to keep the edges as they are or if I want them trimmed straight. I will quilt it like this and then decide if I want to trim them later.

One other thing I have decided is that I am going to return these hexies to my sister instead of donating the quilt. I am sure my sister will love to have this quilt to snuggle under.😀 I know I will make many, many other quilts that I will donate to charity.


5 comments:

Cheryl said...

Hi Ellen

Love it. It has that old style look to the quilt, one that our grandmother would have made long ago. Really like it. PS keep the triangle ends please.

Love sis

Chantal said...

It's wonderful! I love it too. Great call on the blue for the triangles. ;^)

Rebecca said...

I gotta say I have eyeballed the "hexi" quilts without actually studing them and had wondered how the hell to get a straight edge to set them together...
Then I say your progress the other day and had a dughh moment ( as opposed to a brain fart moment) as to how to make it work.

Fun quilt and progress reports!

Deb A said...

That went together so quickly and I love how it turned out! Sounds like your sister is going to love snuggling under it.

scraphappy said...

It is amazing how quickly this all came together. So nice to have all the cutting done ahead of time.