Finished size –
38” x 58”
What you’ll need –
3 x Tropical Bohemian 5 fat quarter packs (you can use left over fabric to make matching cushion covers!) Shop at Dunelm
46” x 96” Backing fabric (this will include the border and plain hexagons)
42” x 60” Wadding
200” of 1” single fold binding (mine was made from the fat quarters)
Tools you’ll need -
Long hexagon template 6” (you can print these online)
Basting spray (505)
Erasable fabric pen or chalk
1” bias binding maker
Hand sewing needle and thread
1/4” seam allowance used
Iron 5 fabrics from one set of the fat quarter packs and stack the fabric pieces on top of each other. Starting at one side, draw around the template and use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut out precisely. Try to get as many hexagons as you can from the fabric. Keep any left-over fabric for the bias binding later. Repeat with the other fat quarters until you have 63 hexagons.
Cut 28 hexagons out of the plain backing fabric in the same way.
1. Arrange the hexagons in the way you want them to look when the quilt is finished. (you'll need a large, flat space to do this such as a dinig table)
2. Starting from one side, place the first two hexagons right sides together and sew. Use ¼” seam allowance. Start ¼” from the top and finish ¼” from the bottom.
TIP – use a beige or light grey coloured thread with heavily printed fabric if you don’t want your stitches to stand out!
3. Open and repeat until you have the first strip. Press the seams open.
4. Repeat with the remaining strips until all the hexagons are sewn in rows.
5. Sew these strips right sides together, creating a ‘Y’ seam where the hexagons meet. Press the seam open as you go. Take your time and stop with the needle down when you turn a corner. Continue until all strips are sewn together.
6. Once all of the strip are sewn, trim back the quilt to a rectangular shape.
7. Cut 2 strips of border fabric measuring 4” x the same length as the quilt. Sew right sides together to either side of the quilt then press.
8. Cut 2 strips of border fabric measuring 4” x the width of the quilt including the side strips. Sew to the top and bottom sides of the quilt right sides together and press.
9. Cut the wadding slightly bigger than the size of the quilt and adhere to the back using a basting spray.
Cut the backing fabric slightly bigger than the quilt and adhere to the back of wadding.
TIP – cutting your wadding and backing fabric bigger means there’s space if the fabrics start to move slightly when you start quilting.
10. Quilt your Quilt however you'd like! I've sewn diagonal lines from one side to the other, stopping and starting at the border. To make these stitches stand out you can use a bright contrasting thread.
TIP – start quilting through the middle of your quilt and work outwards. This will help to prevent the quilt from distorting.
11. To make the bias binding, cut any scrap pieces of printed fabric into 2” strips. (They don’t all have to be the same length)
12. Sew all of the strips right sides together along the short sides.
13. Continue until you have a long enough strip of fabric to go around the entire edge of your quilt.
14. Use a 1” bias binder maker to crate the binding. If you don’t have one, press the whole length of the strip in half, then fold the long edges to the centre and press again.
15. Sew the bias binding right sides together to the edge of the top of the quilt. Start at the side of the quilt with the end of the binding folded over by about ½”. Mitre the corners as you sew.
16. Overlap the ends of the binding as they meet.
Fold the bias binding over to the back of the quilt and hand sew with a slip stitch.
And that’s the quilt finished!