Last night I finished putting this together. Do I add an outside border or no? When I started this hexie quilt it was to use up scrap batiks that I had on hand. If you haven’t been following my progress here is a recap.
I don’t hand piece but have always wanted to make a hexie quilt. With a pile of batik strips left from previous projects in hand I sketched a few templates on paper. Some didn’t make sense but I finally decided on the finished 1.75″ x 2″ blocks and 1″ x 1.75″ half blocks. You can find the free templates on my pattern page.
It sure took a lot of hexies to complete the inside 39″ x 45.5″ section. 482 whole hexie blocks and 24 half hexies containing 2,482 pieces of fabric. Then there are the outside hexies. Even though there are so many repeating blocks with small pieces I had so much fun piecing this and it went together better than I expected. I did have to change my routine and use pins instead of glue basting. Pins were the only way to line up the blocks accurately.
Each hexie took 3 minutes to complete and I started piecing this around March 16th. As it lays now the top is 56″ x 64″. It doesn’t need to be larger as a sofa quilt but I think it does need an outside border. The problem, I ran out of batiks because I don’t keep a large stash. Actually I don’t keep a stash at all. The chances of finding a match locally that blends well will be almost impossible.
While needing more for the outside border is my present concern there were other issues. Look at the 2 bottom rows of hexie’s, they are not offset. I mis-calculated the whole and half blocks. Regardless I love this top. After reversing the color for the border blocks I wish I had used muslin for the hexie shapes and colored fabric for the block corners.
I’m off to a new scrap project now. There is a large pile of fat quarters left of from the Mosaic quilt. Stay tuned for what I decide to do with those.
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