I have never been any good at matching fabrics, colours etc, and have become quite despondent at the beautiful quilts other people can create. I also don’t have the kind of money to buy meters of beautiful matching fabrics. My idea includes thrift shop sheets, packs of mixed fabric squares, polyester wadding, and stranded embroidery threads to make a scrappy vintage quilt.
I hope you enjoy all the different stages of my tutorial for Tina’s Scrappy Vintage Hexie Quilt :
I found the easiest way of getting different colours and patterns of fabric was to buy packs of 4″ fabric squares. I can get 9 little hexies out of each square of fabric, so out of 25 fabric squares I can achieve 225 hexies!!!!! It doesn’t matter how thin the fabric is as you will appliqué it to the base fabric. The base fabric is white cotton sheeting. I buy white cotton sheets at the second hand shop for around £3.50 for a double sheet.
Wadding: I always use 2oz polyester wadding.
Things you will need:
You will need 3 different sized templates, a small one for the patchwork flowers, a middle sized one for the inner of the Quilt As You Go Hexie, and a large one for the finishing. There are lots of sites out there that show you how to make your own templates. For the small 1/2″ I use Word on the computer, copy and paste as many as I can on one sheet of paper and print them out. Alot easier than trying to draw them.
Template for 1/2″ hexie patchwork: For the patchwork flowers you will need lots of 1/2″, printer paper thickness, hexagons
Template for centre hexie: You will only need one 2″ hexagon, print out or draw this hexie and glue or double sided tape it to a piece of thick cardboard, making a hole through the centre.
Template for outer hexie: You only need one 3″ hexie, print or draw it and glue or double sided tape it to some cardboard.
Embroidery thread: I found 100 mixed colours of stranded embroidery threads for under £5 plus free p+p on the Internet. These threads will last me for ages as I am only using 2 strands out of 6 and only 3 different colours for each hexie. And there always seems to be a colour that will match my little hexie flowers.
Yarn for the crochet edging: I love the Internet for bargains, and found that I could buy a large 500gm cone of 4ply cotton yarn for under £15 including p+p which will probably last for at least 1/2 a kings size quilt if not more.
Embroidery Hoop: I do recommend having an embroidery hoop as part of your equipment, I have a small 5″ hoop, just big enough for the 3″ hexie shape.
Crochet hook: I use a 1.75 mm so that the crochet is small, but not too tight.
One ordinary sharp sewing needle for tacking, patchwork, applique and quilting
One for the embroidery, you will need to be able to get 2 strands of embroidery thread through the eye.
One needle for the outside prep for the crochet, this will need to have an eye large enough to take 4ply wool but sharp enough to go through the fabric.
Fabric Pen or Sharp Pencil: To draw your embroidery lines.
Next time we will begin the process, I will show you how I do my little Easy Paper Pieced Hexies.