In the spirit of finishing our Unfinished Projects in 2016. I present to you today:
The Rippling Hexi Quilt
Just a little back story on this project. I LOVE hexi’s!! I picked up this darling Jelly Roll of Riley Blake Hexagon fabric at Quilt Market 2014. Needless to say that for over a year, I thought and thought and picked my brain on how to best use this jelly roll. I knew I wanted to make something Hexi, but I wanted to go hexi big! One day I was perusing all the beautiful log cabin blocks out there, and had light bulb moment. I sat down the next day and started to sew.
My finished quilt measures 38″ x 53″ (But it is easily adaptable to go bigger or smaller)
Supplies for this project:
1 jelly roll-2 1/2in strips
2 yards coordinating fabric (I used 1 yard of a grey & white polka dot and 1 yard of a black and white polka dot)
Binding (I striped my leftover fabric and used that for binding)
Hexagon Template (Marti Michell: My Favorite Hexagon Ruler 6 sizes-2-4/12 Finished Sizes)
Using Template: Cut your beginning size hexagon out of chosen yardage fabric. I chose to use the largest size on my template which has 5” sides finishing off to 4 1/2 inch sides and I cut my Hexagon out of the grey & white polka dot fabric.
Cut the rest of your yardage into 2 1/2 inch strips for easy sewing.
Organizing for Sewing:
I went thru my jelly roll and organized my strips into rainbow order (Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue) and then I took the multi colored stripes and “placed” them where I thought they would blend in the best. It was the same process for the black & grey fabric from the Jelly Roll pack. It was my plan all along to alternate the black & white polka dot fabric between each of the jelly roll fabric. Because I started with the grey & white, it was easy to alternate from there.
This is where it gets fun! Grab your headphones, tablet, a book on tape or episode to binge watch and let’s get going.
1. Take your hexagon and sew the first jelly roll strip to just one side of the Hexagon!
2. Stop and press seam open with preferred method. (I pressed to one side on this project)
3. Trim the excess strip with ruler and rotary cutter, being careful to trim exactly to the next side of the hexagon. Repeat Steps 1 thru 3 of the sewing directions. This time trimming the first sewn edge to keep the hexagon angles.
And there is the beginning of your adorable Rippling Hexagon quilt. Now, if you notice on the main picture of my quilt, I decided to off set the main hexagon for a fun variation. To do this you need to decide how “wide” you want your quilt. Add several rows of strips just like described above. After you have made several rows around the main hexagon, you can square up the bottom corner.
Keep sewing on the remaining three sides until you have achieved the “width” that you would like your quilt to be. When it gets to that point, square the second corner (taking care to make sure your hexi is straight) From that point on… you are only sewing on 2 sides and then on 1 side.
Once you have reached the height of the quilt are making you can give it one good press, layer it with batting and backing and quilt it as you see fit.
I find a scrappy binding is an adorable way to finish off a quilt as bright and scrappy as this. Plus I love the fact that there is no left overs.
If you would like a printable version of this quilt, please visit our free projects page. (And if you aren’t registered, please do so. We pinky promise that we won’t share your information!!)