Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hexy Plus {Finish}

So, when I initially started making my Hexy Plus blocks,  (pattern here) I just made and made and made them.  Then I realized I had made too many to make a throw quilt.  But, I didn't want to make the twin size.  Not wanting my pretty fabric to go to waste, I made a baby quilt.


Baby Hexy Plus



As I chose and paired fabrics for my blocks, I tried to maximize the contrast between each pairing. I love Anna Maria Horner's fabrics, but they can be challenging to work with. It took me a good while so sort them into pairs I was happy with. Happily that's one of the fun parts for me!

Pairings for a new pattern.


The odd man out means I *need* 1 more half yard.


I tried to mix them so that most were pleasing to my eye but I wanted some to be a little shocking - not too shocking so that the shock over powered the fabrics.

Quilting Detail


Usually, I just pick a favorite print but for this quilt I couldn't choose just one. I liked the result,  so maybe in the future I will piece more backs?

Back


Thanks for stopping by!

Hexy Plus according to Amy

Amy, of the Bad Cats, was another one of my lovely pattern testers. Thanks Amy!

Amy made a wee table topper with her Hexy Plus blocks.

Hexy Plus according to Amy

The fabric for each background hexagon, as you can see, is the same throughout each block. If you end up using the same fabric for the hexagons, Amy has a tip. When cutting the strips for the top and bottom of the blocks, by decreasing the fabric width to 1 1/2'' you can save yourself quite a bit of fabric.

Thanks for sharing Amy!


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The pattern is available here. And for a short while you can save 25% when you enter "HEXYPLUS" at checkout.

:)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hexy Plus according to Pam

My friend Pam tested my new Hexy Plus pattern and also added her own creative spin. Here's what she came up with:

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If you aren't a fan of the zig zag finish, I included optional quilt top assembly instructions to make a straight edged quilt. Personally I love funky edged quilts, but I know not everyone does!

I love how Pam started and ended her quilt with 5 Hexy Plus blocks; the pattern calls for starting and ending with 4 Hexy Plus blocks. But with the straight edged quilt, I might prefer Pam's version.

Pam chose to mix and match fabrics instead of pairing them. And as a fun touch she wanted some of the pluses to match the background, to give the illusion of a plus shaped cut in the hexagon.

Pam's Hexy Plus - detail

And naturally, Pam hammered this quilt out so fast! Pam is one of those "fast" quilters. ;)

Thanks Pam!

If you'd like a copy of the pattern, it's 25% off for a limited time when you use the code "HEXYPLUS25".

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Introducing the Hexy Plus Quilt and Pattern

Finally, after several months of work, it's time to show you my new pattern Hexy Plus. Yah!!! I'm so happy to share it with you because it's my new favorite.

Currently it's available as an instantly downloadable PDF pattern in my new shop. As a special promotion I'm offering the pattern at 25% off when by entering "HEXYPLUS25". The discount code is good through the next week. So if you are interested, now's the time!

Hexy Plus Quilt & Pattern


This week, I'll be sharing a few projects from my pattern testers and a few related tutorials. So prepare for a bit of "overgramming" as they call it on the Instagram. ;)

Hexy Plus is made from Hexy Plus blocks, which as you can see are a plus sign set in a hexagon background. The Hexy Plus blocks are cut using a trimming template, which is included in the pattern. A template for the background triangles is also included.

Hexy Plus Block


Do you have a favorite stack of Fat Quarters? I do! Instead of hoarding my favorite bundle of Anna Maria Horner's Field Study, I wanted to make a quilt (naturally!).

I know I'm not alone in the Fat Quarter bundle love, so cutting instructions are written to maximize Fat Quarters. But, for those of you who like to purchase yardage, my pattern also provides cutting instructions from 1/4 yard or 1/2 yard cuts of yardage too.

Favorite Fat Quarters


The pattern as written guides you through making a Hexy Plus quilt as shown below. BUT! One of my goals in my patterns, is to give you some ideas so you can add your own special touch. As such, the "stars" in the background of the cover quilt is offered as a "Design Idea" in the pattern.

Baby Hexy Plus


For the back of the cover quilt, I used my (again hoarded) AMH Field Study velveteen, making it extra cuddly. (It's seriously my new blankey. I even took it on an airplane. It gets cold up there, ya'll!)

HexyPlus_White_Back

The velveteen wasn't as hard to quilt with as I expected. It was a bit heavier so my quilting ended up being a tad denser than I normally prefer.

Hexy Plus Quilting detail


So that's that. If you are as excited about this pattern as much as I am,  please pick up a copy in my shop. Thank you in advance for your support! I can't wait to see what you make!

Hexy Plus Quilt & Pattern


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