Easy cathedral windows for hexagons

4 08 2015

I modified my method for quilting easy cathedral windows (suitable for squares, rectangles, or grids) to work with hexagons (see Community Quilt 220).

The photo below shows the stitching order — the red lines (1 to 13) show the first row of stitching, where you start with one of the vertical arcs near the adjoining seam, then do two arcing hops followed by a completed arc up (or down, as in the photo) the seam, followed by two more arcs, then a vertical one and so on until the end. Then come back along the other edge with more arc hops all the way back to the beginning (the purple lines numbered 14 to 19). (Note: If you’re doing a complete circle of hexagons like I was in Community Quilt 220, then numbers 14 to 19 will go in the other direction to complete the ‘loop’.)

Easy!

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Community Quilt 220

4 08 2015

I took ages to get to this hexagonal quilt. First, I really didn’t have any idea how to quilt it so it sat over the back of the sofa for a few weeks. And second, I have a shoulder that’s playing up (surgery is scheduled for December), so in the meantime I have to take it easy with many of the actions involved in quilting.

I eventually decided on my easy cathedral window motif, which I adapted for hexagons — do two arcs to hop from corner to corner for two sides inside a hexagon, then arc up (or down) the vertical seam then back down the other side. Repeat until you get to the end of one row, then arc up (or down) to the other side and just do arcs hopping from one side to the next to fill in the remaining sides. Rinse, lather, repeat for all rows.

I left the blue borders unquilted, and did a smallish stipple in the white border. I finished off with a flower in the very centre.

NOTE: The batting used in this quilt was VERY fluffy, so there are bits of fluff all over it, which are very prominent in the navy sections. This quilt needs a good brush down with a lint brush.

(Click on a photo to view it larger)

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Navy’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 32965); Fil-Tec Glide ‘White’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour 10000); Floriani embroidery thread (40 wt, rayon, colour PF487 [dark grey])
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (white, lead grey, black)

Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/