Thursday, May 16, 2013

Red Hexagon Baby Quilt

This baby quilt is a work in progress. I do like the larger hexagons ... larger than anticipated because I didn't add up correctly. However, three hexagons per block and the quilt will be three blocks by three blocks, so it will all work out in the end and be suitably symmetrical. And I have always wanted to make a red and white quilt.

After experimenting with brown paper for the first few templates, I moved to freezer paper which is more pliable. I also thought it would stick to the background so I didn't get any wrinkles attaching the hexagons. It's not sticking as well as I thought, so I just use lots of pins. Freezer paper does make nicer edges on the hexagons themselves though.

I have pre-sewn the hexagons together and am hand sewing them to the white background. That sounds like a mammoth task - but it's not. It only takes about 40 minutes to sew each block of hexies.

Think I will quilt it in red because I like the quilting to be obvious-ish. I don't plan to do too much quilting though. Perhaps just some straight lines through each block.

I am working on this one as and when I feel like it. I have a bit of school work on at the moment. I had my term planned for my Yr 9 classes, but then we (50 learners and four Learning Leaders - Sci, Maths, Soc and English) had a day together to immerse ourselves in this term's Whanau and learning value (character), and they developed big ideas about heroes - that heroes make sacrifices, are committed, caring/loving, take risks and value relationships/family - so I am thinking To Kill a Mockingbird (the film) and using Scout, Boo and Atticus (and maybe Tom Robinson?) as heroes. I have ordered a few $8 copies of the book from Book Depository for my more able readers. I look forward to them reading it.


  1. Love the look of this quilt Karen - it is going to be stunning. Hope the book goes down a treat with the students :)

  2. Oh this is fabulous! I'm loving hexies right now and this is such a smart way to put a top together!

  3. Love the hexies , you've put them so cleverly ! its going to be lovely when done :)

  4. The hexies are great - I love red and white. And as for your book choice - perfect!

  5. I love the look of this...look forward to seeing it come together :)