We are now at the final stage of constructing our hexagon quilt, table runner, tablecloth, cushion, bag…whatever it is you are making…the possibilities are endless with this method! Depending on what it is you have made prepare a back for your quilt top. As mine is a cushion I pieced mine from the remains of some fat quarters which contrasted nicely with the front. You might prefer to use one piece of fabric…..it is possible to buy fabric wide enough now so that piecing is unnecessary.
Once pieced press the back well and check the front is still well pressed and ready for the quilt sandwich. Oh and obviously check that all your threads are trimmed and that none are caught in the seams and showing at the front…a good idea to save heartbreak later.
Sandwich your quilt using batting of your choice ….then you are ready for quilting. Ruth drew up these quilting graphics for us earlier this year. I quilted my grandmother’s garden cushion by machine using the below design. It worked really well and was a pleasure to work on the machine. The seams which were pieced did not get quilted with this method…they simply become part of the design.
Another way which looks like a lot of fun is this one….I love this design…and will be using this on one of my wips soon.
Ruth recommended this one for grandmother’s garden or scrappy ones
and this one for hand sewing.
I recently made a little tote bag and did my usual free hand circles…hand quilted with cotton perle thread. You might need to click on the photo and enlarge it at flickr to see the effect. It actually seems to work quite well with the floral garden look.
Lastly…a lot of people stippled their quilts…free motion quilted. The most amazing ones I have seen are alissa’s pebbles
So all you have to do now is quilt it however you are most comfortable…or challenged…tee hee…and bind it and then…go on show it off!
I will eventually be adding tutorials to different style hexagon quilts….my antique style hexagon and the grandmother’s garden style…as a matter of fact I am inspired to try out lots of different ideas…inspired a whole lot by the researchong of this tutorial!
By the way when I was researching this tutorial I found a link to a free pattern on one of the quilting magazine sites…it is in PDF form and has a template…a large one and similar graphics to Ruth’s …you might find it useful.
I would again like to thank Aneela of Comfort Stitching who hosted our first half hexagaon quiltalong and Ruth of Ruthdesigns …whom I am hoping will wrote a pattern for this…her patterns are fabulous and are available here.