Hexagon-itis

Recently, I have come down with an interest in making hexagon blocks…hexagon-itis.
It all began when I read a book by Sandy Gilreath; 52 Tuesdays-A Quilt Journal.
Gilreath told the story of her year in 52 hexagon blocks. She uses many different techniques for each block; including raw edge and needleturn applique, free motion quilting, hand embroidery, etc..
I really liked the idea of making a journal with fabric, and the author encourages people to do the same.

Previously, Mary Puckett, from Zippy Quilts, had posted about One Block Wonder quilts.
I checked out the book she recommended, plus some others, and I am fascinated by the beauty of this kaleidoscope quilt made of hexagons. The books give great directions and have helpful photos, but I am a bit concerned about choosing the correct fabric and cutting it accurately.
I checked with the Mesquite Bean and also with my friend at Las Colchas.
My friend, Francine said to drop on by her shop and she would give me some guidance.
The Mesquite Bean is offering a one day class in OBW in January.
They also offer a free sewing time every Tuesday available for people to come work in the back room, and ask for guidance if needed.
I know I want to make a OBW, and I am thinking of making a 52 hexagon journal quilt.
I also viewed many tutorials online.
The problem I still have is with the quilting of the hexagon.
Do you quilt through the top fabric, the batting, and the backing; or, do you just quilt the top and batting?
I saw a video on You Tube by CraftyAttic. In this video, the top layer, a layer of sheeting were quilted.
After these two top layers were quilted, they were embellished with embroidery, beads, and other things. After the decorative stitches and things were done, a backing was added.

Today, I used one of my wonky blocks that I had in my “What Do I Do With This?” box.
I practiced with free motion on a practice block.
This is the first time the threads did not loop or pucker. I had read a tutorial on how to fix this problem.
My meandoring is not the best, but it looks okay on a 6.5 ” hexagon. I embellished it with ribbon-thread embroidery and some buttons.
I also chose to follow the directions from CraftyAttic, and just free motioned the top and sheeting; but I placed the batting between the two.


I stitched in the ditch.

But this is what concerns me.
Is this too loose, and will it separate?
I am planning to visit Las Colchas on Saturday, on Support Local Business Day.
I think I will take this hexagon and ask the experts in the shop.
What do you think?
Would you quilt all layers?
Would you quilt only the top, batting, and sheeting?

Anyway, this is all for the rest of the weekend.
I plan to enjoy the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for my blogging friends!

8 thoughts on “Hexagon-itis

    1. Thanks. I am leaning towards quilting through all the layers. It will mean I have to learn how to add embellishments such as embroidery, beads, buttons, etc. going through only the top layer after it is all quilted. I also think the texture of the quilting would make it better. I plan to practice on one soon. Thanks for your response.

  1. I made a quilt a few years ago that was intended as a wall-hanging. When it was done, it obviously was not that. But I’d used muslin on the back, since no one would have seen it, if used as intended. The quilting looked BAD on the back. So I chose another fabric to be a false back, of sorts, like yours. The quilt works great as a lap quilt, very cuddly and snuggly and heavy, with the extra layer of fabric on it. I had worried, too, about the layers separating. They do, some, but not enough to fuss over, again for how it is used. I also have a coverlet that is a pieced top and flannel back, no quilting. I just sewed the two layers right sides together, turned them right side out, and finished the last edge. Again, I’d assumed I would do something like yarn tie the layers. But it hasn’t been a problem. If you’re concerned about a bigger project having the layers separate, you could do button or other embellishments through ALL the layers when it is otherwise done. If it’s buttons, it’s easy to hide the knots under the buttons. For anything else, I’d bury them like you would for any other hand quilting. Have fun!

    1. Thanks for this great information. I had not thought of hiding knots under the buttons. I was leaning towards quilting through all layers, and as Cindy Anderson pointed out, the quilting adds texture. My concern that each back would have different quilting and wondered if that would look messy. I am going to try out your suggestion and Cindy’s and see which suits the quilt better. It is really going to be more of a throw, show-piece quilt on my sofa. Since my plan is to embellish with wool felt, beads,and such, I really will not be washing these. I am just so excited about this project. I do so appreciate the input from such talented people. Thanks again.

  2. Chela,your hexie is really cute with the buttons! I think I would quilt all layers to avoid the separation problem. What if you just sewed an “X” across each hexie to make sure the backing didn’t shift?

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