Hello and welcome!

My name is Julia and I am from Inflorescence Designs.  I am so excited to be here.  Today I am sharing my first project as a Thermoweb Educational Design Team Member. To say that I am excited is an understatement.  I have loved being creative my whole life and getting to share what I love with you is absolutely amazing!

My fiber art passion runs deep.  I enjoy crochet, dying fabric, sewing, quilting and more.  I really enjoy designing quilt blocks and quilt patterns to share and today I will be teaching you how to make a fabulous quilt inspired by the coming new year.

Hexagon Star Quilt

Intermediate Sewing Skills:

I recommend intermediate sewing skills due to this quilt being sewn almost completely on the bias. In addition, I recommend not trimming any of the dog ears and because of this, the seams look a little crazy at times.  However, this is just a suggestion. The hexagon star quilt is 68″ long by 50″ wide. That includes the side sashing.

Supplies Needed:

Sewing Instructions:

Begin by…

Printing the FREE “Hexagon Star” quilt pattern above.  Design your quilt using the coloring page provided, then cut out the required triangles, hexagons and side setting pieces.

Next…

Assemble your triangles and hexagons to create the diamonds needed for easy sewing. DO NOT trim any “dog ears.” They are highly useful when aligning your diamonds and triangles. Sew using a 3/8″ seam.

The “dog ears” help when aligning the triangles together to create the diamond shape block.

They also help when sewing your diamonds to one another.

IMPORTANT TIP: It is very important that you either press your seams open or all in the same direction on each block.  This will help when aligning the blocks for assembly. If you do not press open or in the same direction, the dog ears will be offset.

When sewing your diamonds together, align the middle dog ears.

You will notice that the bottom diamond sticks out slightly.  This is correct.  The hexagons do not have overage and this is why it sticks out under the hexagon.

Continue…

Sewing your diamonds, half diamonds, and side setting pieces and rows together according to your coloring page.  When you finished piecing your quilt top, you can add a couple borders like the one in the photo or leave it as is.

IMPORTANT TIP: When adding borders, it is important to measure each side and the middle of the quilt and take the average length or width.  It is especially important with this quilt since there will have been a lot of shifting and pulling due to sewing on the bias for almost the entire quilt. 

Once you have finished piecing your quilt top, it is time to make your quilt sandwich.

For this project, I used SpraynBond Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray to baste my quilt sandwich together.

Once basted, it’s time to quilt your project.  To make the stars POP I only quilted in the gray hexagons.  Once quilted, trim your project.

Next…

Prepare your binding.  When I bind my quilts, first, I sew the binding strip onto the back of the quilt.  Once sewn, I fold the binding over to the front of the quilt and then fold it again and topstitch in place.

For this quilt, I used Heatnbond Iron-On Adhesive Tape 3/5″ for topstitching.  Before using this product, my topstitching would hop on and off my back binding and quilt back.  With Heatnbond Iron-On Adhesive Tape my binding was held in place exactly where I wanted it and prevented my back stitches from going all over the place.

FINISHED!

Thank you for following along with me today! I hope you enjoyed my Hexagon Star Quilt.  Come back soon to see what else will be starting to bloom with Inflorescence Designs…

Starting to bloom by choosing JOY ~ Julia Schweri

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