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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2012 06:44:22 PM »

I have wanted to try this for a while, but it seems intimidating to me - don't you have to fussy-cut the fabric so you get the same image in all the triangles?  And then sewing all the triangles together . . . eeek!  They look gorgeous, though.  Sigh.  I'll try them one day . . . maybe . . .

The book explains it really well, basically you do some math to figure out the repeats of the fabric, then cut it to certain widths and slice it. Not that bad if you go step by step!



eta: I actually have the stack and whack, so the one block wonders technique may be different, but similar results!

Thanks!  I will have to look into these . . .
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012 06:20:26 AM »

Thanks for explaining MareMare!  Both of these fabrics had a 12" repeat, 4 yards were used to get 2 stacks of 6.  Then those were cut into three 4" strips that were used to cut the triangles.  Each stack of 6 triangles becomes a hexagon.  I wasn't here for the cutting, but Mom says it went really fast and was easy.  She has been sewing clothes since I was little, so cutting fabric is old news to her, I think she was glad to do something where the pieces weren't all different!
The 4 yards worth of hexagons made either 3 or 4 extra, with a 10" border this quilt is  aprox 72x90 finished.

If anyone is wanting to try it, but is intimidated don't be.  Small flaws and mistakes are hidden REALLY well in this pattern.  Once it gets light out I will take some pics of individual hexagons that aren't perfect so you can see.  My one tip is don't sew all 6 triangles into hexagons, make half hexagons, then lay it out and you can make straight rows to sew together instead of trying to join hexagons which I'm told is difficult to impossible to do by machine.  Mom's little trick she tried with the second quilt - the tropical fabric was slightly over 4 yards, so after she cut the first 6 12" strips she trimmed an inch off, so the next 6 12" repeats were slightly different, ensuring that there was no possible way for any two hexagons to be identical.

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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2012 09:51:52 AM »

Thanks for all the tips Lisa.  They look great.  I'm inspired to try it sometime. 

Anyone know if this is similar to the snowflake quilt method (I have a book that was my Grandma's somewhere about it)?

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2012 11:21:32 AM »

it's so cool how the original pattern gets lost in the design

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