This quilt has been made by piecing together fun and flamboyant hexagons with plain white triangles. The perimeter is lined with green gingham fabric, and the asymmetrical, zig zag outline is a wonderful touch. Make yours today in equally fresh colours.
- Fabric: Honeycomb Moda
- Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie & Camille, pack of 40 hexagons, two; gingham, green, 70cm x 150cm; cotton sheeting, white, 150cm x 230cm
- Interfacing, Vilene Quickscreen Triangle, 1m
- Wadding, quilt, lightweight, 110cm x 150cm
- 110cm x 150cm
Stitch a hexagon quilt
Use Vilene Quickscreen Triangle interfacing to cut several hexagons 12cm across and triangles with sides of 6.5cm using the printed lines as a guide or download and print the templates from below and cut from regular interfacing. Pin the interfacing to the backs of 39, 13cm across fabric hexagons, leaving an equal border all around. Fold in the edges of the cotton and tack into place on the interfacing, mitring the corners neatly.
Create a 120cm x 160cm panel of white sheeting and put to one side for the quilt backing. Use the remainder to tear several 7cm wide strips. Pin the interfacing triangles to the strips, leaving a 1cm gap between each one. Cut between the triangles with a 5mm seam allowances, fold over, then tack the edges as before.
Lay the hexagons in alternating rows of six and seven shapes on a flat surface, arranging them so that none of the same pattern or colour touch. Place a white triangle in each empty space and add triangles to the edges to make the top and bottom straight and each side zig zagged.
Pin the shapes right sides together and join by over sewing on the reverse with small hand stitches. Remove the tacking and interfacing as you go along, saving the pieces to use again.
Tack another 39 hexagons and make more white sheeting triangles using the saved interfacing. Arrange and continue stitching the shapes together as before.
Using the template, cut rhomboid interfacing pieces (these are equivalent to four triangle pieces if using Vilene Quickscreen Triangle interfacing). Create the zig zag edging of the quilt from 6cm wide strips of green gingham print tacked onto the interfacing, making sure each adjacent piece tilts in the opposite direction.
Make the straight edging for the top and bottom of the quilt by folding in 5mm on each long side of a 6cm wide strip of green gingham and tacking, before over sewing one side to the edge of the quilt.
Remove all the interfacing pieces and re-tack the outer zig zag edge of the quilt sides. Press the patchwork on the reverse with a hot steam iron, then press the panel of sheeting for the back of the quilt.
Lay the sheeting on a flat surface and place wadding on top. Lay the patchwork centrally over this and pin in place at regular intervals. Carefully trim the edges of the wadding to the same size as the edges of the quilt top, then cut the sheeting 2cm larger than this.
Hand quilt across the throw using the parallel edges of the hexagons as a guide. Do the same around the inside of the gingham border.
Fold the backing fabric over the top of the wadding, mitring and clipping at the angles where necessary. Pin the edge of the quilt top to the folded edge of the backing and over sew together all the way around.