This project has been going super slow. I don’t know if it’s because Bean and Belle have been keeping me really busy or if it’s because this project is just so much more involved than the other quilts I’ve made. It’s probably a little bit of both.
At this point, I’m still just cutting hexagons out of my fabric. It was a little bit daunting to start because I wasn’t sure how to get the 1/4″ seam allowance around my hexagon template but it was pretty obvious once I looked at my quilting ruler…
For this project, I used:
- Friskars Hexagon Punch, $11
- Friskars Rotary Cutter, $10
- Friskars Scissors, $9
- Olfa Cutting Mat, $8
- Omnigrid Quilting Ruler, $7
- Recycled Business Cards
The first and easiest step is to punch out the hexagon template from the business cards. Thankfully, J.D. had just ordered new business cards when he got a promotion so this box would’ve gone to waste if I hadn’t commandeer them.
The hexagon punch makes a 1.75″ hexagon. So if I want to use a 1/4″ seam allowance, I have to add a 1/2″ to my template size which means the strip of fabric has to be 2.25″ wide.
Now that you have a strip that is the right width, lay your template down, centered width-wise, with a little extra room for the first cut.
This step is the one I couldn’t figure out in my head but once I got into my studio, it was super obvious… You have to use the little 1/4″ yellow hash marks that are all over the quilting ruler… But, you have to use them at an angle. Line up the edge of your hexagon template with the 1/4″ hash mark and make your first cut. Then you continue to move the ruler around the template, lining up the 1/4″ mark and cutting.
It should take four cuts to get the first, perfect hexagon. The great thing is, once you finish with the first hexagon, the strip of fabric is ready for the next hexagon.
Just make sure the hexagon template has a 1/4″ seam allowance and cut the remaining edges.
And that’s it!!
Once you get a hang of the cutting, it should take less cuts to finish a hexagon, once you’ve started your strip. If you’re really good, you can get a new hexagon with just two cuts each time.
Just cut about 4 million more fabric hexagons and you’re ready to start piecing the front of your quilt.
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links to items I purchased for my projects. Didn’t get ’em free or discounted but I wish I did!! Also, I don’t love my rotary cutter so if y’all know of a better one I can get, let me know!