Let's Make: Mixed Up Hexies
Sometimes when we're scrolling through Instagram (you follow us @fabricdepot, right?), we come across designs that we just love. When Elaine saw a half hexie quilt made by @nightowlquilts, she knew we needed to give it a try, too!
We used 24 different fabrics from the Mixologie collection from Moda, mimicking her ombre layout. We added a few more rows, making it a 42" x 50" size, perfect for baby or a small lap quilt.
To make the half hexagon shapes, we cut 3-1/2" strips of each fabric, then used Fons and Porter's Hexagon Ruler to rotary cut 7 of each fabric. (This is more than you need, but allows for flexibility in layout, plus a bonus pillow cover!) The ruler makes it simple to get a consistent size and neatly cuts off all the dog-ears before they can happen.
After cutting them out, we got to do the fun stuff and start laying them out. With a little input from at least a half dozen quilters and input from our Instagram followers, we managed to settle on a layout.
Then we stitched each row together, combining pairs until each vertical strip was complete. This is where it came in handy to have a picture of your layout to refer back to! Be extra careful to follow that layout or the half-hexagons won't match up right. (Ask us how we know!)
We pressed the 1/4" seams open, but if you press to the side, you can easily nest the seams making all those intersections come together neatly.
It turned out so well, we thought you might want to make one, too! Kits are available now and contain enough fabric to make the front of the quilt, as well as the grey binding fabric. You'll have some extra pieces, too, if you want to make up a pillow cover, as well!