“What the hexagon?” and Y Seam Tutorial to Make Tumbling Blocks

My friend Barbara C. wanted to make a hexagon quilt. I showed her the basic technique and then left her to it! She made a pile of hexagon flowers and wanted to assemble them with a white path but couldn’t quite figure out the method. She got frustrated and just set the project aside. In the meanwhile my mother had made a couple of hexagon quilts and had some leftover hexagon diamonds which she gave to Barbara. Barbara loved them but there weren’t enough to make a quilt and they were not the same size as the hexagon flowers she had already made.

Barbara decided she didn’t want to go any further making hexagons but wanted to use everything she had made. We pulled out all of her hexagons and rummaged through her stash. The solution was to applique the hexagons to a neutral background. Those with a white border were in the centre of a 10″ block. Hexagons without the white border and the diamond hexagons from my Mom covered the block intersections. The remaining hexagons were appliqued to the border. She calls it “What the hexagon”!


This quilt has a lot of sentimental value for Barbara because she used some treasured fabrics from her husband’s shirts and her children’s clothing. I think this was a novel way to finish a hexagon quilt and to make use of what’s on hand. I think it turned out really well and Barbara did a really fine job!

Also today I posted a tutorial on making tumbling blocks with a quick and easy Y seam. I used the technique to make this quilt. Three diamonds make a hexagon!


This quilt is made to be used so I decided on machine quilting. I designed a leaf motif to fill the space.

I hope you will enjoy the tutorial I prepared!

Karen H
www.faeriesandfibres.blogspot.com

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