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LARGE STRIPE FABRICS for HEXAGON QUILT

I started working with this BIG STRIPE when I needed a cool multi-colored binding for my modern quilt, RUN AROUND.  

I liked it so much, that I looked for something else 
to do with it.

I found this quilt pattern on the Michael Miller web site.  This quilt is by Marinda Stewart.  Her pattern is good, complete with hand-drawn sketches of what she's doing.  I love it!  She apparently decided not to wait on technology and drew it the old-fashioned way! :)

Click on the picture to link to the pattern on-line.

To find my own instructions for a small version, click here:

Charlotte's Baby Big Stripe Quilt


This is the stripe, selvedge to selvedge, with clementine orange on both edges.


  The wrinkles came with it! :)


I ironed with Best Press so it was smooth and had a nice bit of extra body.  There will be a lot of off-grain cut edges in this project and the Best Press helps stabilize these during handling.

Following the pattern, I measured and marked my stripe with pins.  The arrows are pointing to the glass-head pins I've stuck in the fabric to mark where it should be cut.  The arrows are in this picture only, not on the fabric! (Click on the picture for a larger image.)

Using a rotary cutter and a ruler, I carefully cut apart the striped sections.
(Click on the picture for a larger image.)

Next I used a 60-degree triangle ruler to cut triangles from each strip, alternating sides.  Each side makes a different hexagon.


  

Lay out the hexagons.  

Then sew together 3 like pieces, into half the hexagon.  Lay out in rows as illustrated.  Sew together the rows along the angled seams.  Leave rows attached with thread as chain piecing. This helps keep all in order.

 Last sew together the long straight rows.


Sew single triangles in the corners, and pairs at the top and bottom of each row.  Trim straight.

Add borders if you wish!

Quilt, bind and enjoy!

The baby quilt shown below was made using just 12 hexagons.  Only 8 are whole! 

Order my printed pattern, with even more detailed instructions here:

Charlotte's Bordered Big Stripe Quilt Pattern

 

 Limited number of kits available here:

http://www.sewnatural.net/nli.asp?iid=39341

Circular quilting pattern finishes quilt.

     
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