How have I not blogged about my hexagons yet?!? If you follow me on instagram, you know that I am obsessed with hexagons right now. 🙂 In fact I just finished up my 3rd block!
Maybe I should back up a little.
Since I’m insane, I’ve decided to make a king size quilt entirely by hand out of tiny 7/8th inch hexagons. I imagine I’ll be finished sometime around my 80th birthday.
Why so tiny? Because I have fallen in love with charm packs. These are little bundles of fabric precut to 5 inches by 5 inches. You can make 4 hexagons out of a piece of fabric that size if you make the hexagons 7/8th of an inch. 🙂
Say hello little hexagon! First I baste the fabric around a piece of paper, then I stitch the hexagons together into little flowers.
Remember when I said that each piece of fabric was big enough to make 4 hexagons? I go ahead and baste all 4 hexagons at the same time, but I’m only stitching one in for now. I want to have a good mix of fabrics throughout the whole quilt so I put the other 3 aside for now. Once I’m 1/4 of the way through, I’ll stitch up the rest.
Here’s my current stash of “orphan hexies.” There are 670 of them. ::imagine a shocked emoji here:: Once I have 9 flowers, I stitch them together into what I’m calling a block. So far I’ve made 3 of them. I don’t plan on stitching the blocks together until I’ve finished all of the blocks because I keep buying more fabric and I want to make sure that there’s a good mix.
Each of these blocks has 9 flowers along with some extra hexies to join them together. All in all, each block has 75 hexies.
I thought I was doing pretty good until I laid them out on my bed and saw how much farther I had to go! lol. I’m guessing I will need somewhere between 7×7 and 9×9 blocks. Which means somewhere between 49 and 81 blocks. On the low end of that number, it will take me roughly 4 years to complete the quilt top if I can manage to keep going at my current pace.