I hope this post finds you well and enjoying spring weather! So far the temperatures have been warming up in my small town, but the cloudy days and fog have kept spirits a little down. The robins and red-winged blackbirds are chirping though, which is a sure sign that spring is here, hiding somewhere!
On the weekend I completed William’s toddler bed quilt, and it is ready to be photographed and blogged about. However, our cloudy days have not been conducive to good pictures, so I will have to wait a little until I can share that finish with you.
As soon as the fluff settled from binding the toddler quilt I wasted no time in pressing and cutting into my fat quarter bundle of Heartwood for the new baby’s quilt. The soft greys, blues and pops of lime made me smile and think of spring! The adorable landscape scenes with foxes, ducks and hedgehogs may also have helped 🙂 I just love this collection.
A fair amount of contemplation and Pinterest perusing regarding the design of this quilt happened; equilateral triangles, diamonds, hexagons, ombré and monochromatic were all at the forefront of my creative brain and I was stuck on which way to go. Then while putting away my quilting rulers from cutting binding strips on Sunday I spied my Jaybird Quilts Hex N More ruler, and I knew that hexagons it had to be.
There are a few methods that can be used to piece a hexagon quilt. I decided to use the rectangle block method to make this hexagon quilt, and I hope to post a tutorial once it is finished.
After choosing twelve prints from the fat quarter bundle (there are 16 in total) I decided that the 4 1/2″ hexagons on the ruler were visually the right size for a finished quilt of about 45″ square. After cutting 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles from my fabric, I used the Hex N More ruler to cut hexagons from the rectangles. Using a small cutting mat that easily spins around for rotary cutting small shapes like this makes it much easier to keep everything aligned. Instead of moving the fabric on the mat, rotate the mat each time to cut both sides of the hexagon.
The quilt is beginning to take shape, and I find myself smiling when I think of a little baby snuggled under it on spring walks with the birds chirping.