My guild, the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, recently had a workshop with Jen Eskridge, author of Hexagons Made Easy. It was a great class where Jen shared her stories of publishing three books and her years of quilting experience. She taught us the technique from her Hexagons Made Easy book and it was an enjoyable class with my guild colleagues.
The course provided a fabric kit with Art Gallery Fabrics (Bespoken by Pat Bravo) with hexagons in dark purple prints, a turquoise and a purple fabric for the main parts of the quilt, and a striped fabric for the binding. I decided to use all the dark purple hexagons and make the front and back out of the turquoise or purple. I arranged the hexagons in an organized pattern starting in the corner with a few that disperse out. I did the same pattern mirrored on the other side. I sewed on all the hexagons with a 1/4″ seam before assembling the quilt.
For the quilting, I sewed around each hexagon with small (1/16 – 1/8″) seam through all layers. I matched the bobbin thread to the background color of the bottom layer when I quilted each side. Then, I finished up the quilting with a few randomly placed hexagons to cover the quilt. All in all, it was a great technique to learn and my class sampler will hopefully make a great baby quilt.
– Stephanie, HoustonDIY