My Hexie Quilt

grey hand stiched english paper pieced hexie hexagon quilt
grey hand stiched english paper pieced hexie hexagon quilt
grey hand stiched english paper pieced hexie hexagon quilt
grey hand stiched english paper pieced hexie hexagon quilt

A couple weeks ago, I finally finished a quilt I started about a year or more ago. Even though it’s (almost) completely hand stitched, I know I could have finished it quicker. But I had this clever idea to do the binding in the hexies (seen here) but after finishing one side I realized just how much of an undertaking that was. The project was shoved in corner, waiting for me to make that decision of whether or not to continue on with the rest of the quilt (time consuming as it might be) or scrap the completed binding (time consuming as it was) and do a simple binding. I opted for the latter—a simple patchwork binding.

I’m learning that the binding is my favorite part of quilt making. I’d love to say it’s because it’s the finishing step but in truth, I like the actual process of closing up that raw edged sandwich of fabrics and batting. And then hand stitching it in place with little stitches, that if done right, disappear.

Technical details: Simple gray broadcloth with lots of hand stitched and hand appliqued hexagons. Batting is an old felt-like blanket. It’s one and half fabric widths wide (44″+22″=66″) Where the seam runs down the front and back, three quarters of the way across, I placed the hexie strip. The front has a three-hexie-wide strip while the back just has a one-wide strip. And it’s about 6′ long. The corners are rounded because I was too lazy to miter the binding. Hand quilting in simple lines running the length.

I keep hearing it’s going to be a very cold winter this year. So I’m grateful that my stack of (handmade) quilts is growing.


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    Alice November 13, 2012

    even though you used grey, the colors really pop and it makes me really happy :) Love it!!

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    tammie November 13, 2012

    oh my gosh its so pretty! i love hexies. i have no interest in doing them myself because it just seems way beyond my patience level. but i love seeing other people do them successfully.

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    lori November 13, 2012

    that is so beautiful! what lovely work you did.

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    Sara November 13, 2012

    Very pretty! I’m starting to love the greys I am seeing in so many quilts. I have to say, I am not a fan of puting on the binding. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s because I’m not very good at it?!

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    Snoodles November 13, 2012

    Wonderful finish! Love hexies….have a bag that I carry with me and I work on hexies while I wait for doctors, etc. I love how your binding is a pop of color on the gray. :)

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    Casey November 14, 2012

    It’s so pretty! I love the grey and the simple strip of hexies!

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    harmony November 14, 2012


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    Annie November 15, 2012

    Absolutely beautiful! This makes me want to quilt :) I have two old blankets sitting in the back of my closet waiting to be the batting (? is that what you call the “filling”? lol) when I finally attempt my first quilt. :)

    What does the other side of your quilt look like?

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    Alt-Mama November 16, 2012

    I love it! The colorful hexagons against the gray = gorgeous.

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    Genevieve November 17, 2012

    Somehow…I missed this post! It’s GORGEOUS. I love your quilt. And I adore the rounded corners. I think I’ll do that on my next quilt. Yes, I love the binding process as well.

    Oh oh. I just love it. :) What size are your hexies? They look miniscule!


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    allison November 18, 2012

    I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that you’re sewing again. Your hexie quilt is beautiful. I imagine you’ll have some glorious snow days curled under those colorful hexagons, reading and knitting. :)

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