Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Giant Giant Hexagon Quilt

For the past week or so I have been working on a new quilt top for our bed.  I know that I talked a little about doing a Glam Clam quilt, but when I looked at the directions I realized that I was not into making that many Glam Clams (I do intend to make a smaller Glam Clam quilt later).  So I went with plan B.
the giant giant hexagon quilt
Now I know that this looks a little scary, but this (by far) the fastest queen size quilt I have ever put together.  I did ALL of the cutting in one day thanks to this great little trick.

I initially decided to use this tutorial, but after looking at the directions I realized that I could use my Creative Grids 60 degree triangle ruler to make the cutting go super fast.  I just put masking tape on the 4" line (the top tape) and the 8.5" line (the bottom tape).  Then I cut 4.5" wide strips of fabric, stacked it 4 layers high, and then lined the fabric up between the tape and cut along the outside of the ruler.  It was so fast.  
hexagon cutting
Then I followed the rest of the tutorial.  Even though my seams were really long, my points lined up beautifully and I am really pleased with the results.  The only problem now is that there is no way I am up for basting a 100" x 104" quilt while pregnant so I am looking into sending it in to a long arm quilter.  
the giant giant hexagon quilt
I already asked for some suggestions on Instagram, but if you have a quilter that you absolutely love, I would appreciate any recommendations.  Getting a quilt this large quilted is expensive and I am a little nervous about sending it out!

21 comments :

  1. Try Melissa at http://www.sewshabbyquilting.com/

    I've not used her, but I hope to. I've read a lot of bloggers who have used her (Amy Smart, Maureen Cracknell, etc). Her work is beautiful.

    Your quilt is to DIE for! Hope you're feeling fine. :-)

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  2. I've used Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting twice. She does beautiful work and her turn around time is quick! I definitely recommend her.

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  3. As a longarm-er, when I look at a customer's quilt, there are several questions at the top of the order form that often shape the kind of FMQing the quilt will require.
    For example: is it for everyday use? is it for a competition? Just these first 2 questions can greatly impact the cost because one is meant to be soft and cuddly while the other requires intense custom work making it stiffer.
    Since I know this is for everyday use for both you and your husband, I would ask if you have considered straight stitching with random orange peel blossoms. Masculine and feminine, but not overly so.
    Just a quick thought.

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  4. This turned out lovely! Amazing that it's so quick...

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  5. Great color choices. Can't wait to see it quilted. Do you have an idea of how you want it done?

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  6. Hi Erica - I use the long arm quilters at clothandquilts.com - I have used them for years - I mail my quilts to them. They do a great job and are really fast, also, I think their prices are reasonable. Hope this helps! Love the hexes!!!

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  7. Whenever I have a special quilt I send it to Teresa Silva who blogs at "quilting is my bliss" - she does great work, not sure about her current turnaround time

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  8. Quilt top looks great! I've used the masking tape on the ruler trip before and could not believe how helpful it was!

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  9. This quilt is going to be super fab! I've been wanting to make a hexagon quilt for forever but never have taken the time to make a template, I like how you cut yours out.

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  10. Beautiful Quilt!! Love all the colors. :)

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  11. I just sent a quilt to snowflake Quilting (http://www.snowflakequilting.com/) new to the business but she did an amazing, and affordable, custom job on a throw sized piece for me...

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  12. I'm so glad to read your ruler hint. I've always loved the hexagon but also didn't want to paper piece or hand sew. Your quilt is wonderful. Enjoy!

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  13. I adore this! Your fabric choices are perfect to blend with the half hexie edges. I just did the same tape trick with my Hex n More ruler, for 60* triangles! Thanks for pointing to a lovely tutorial. I hope you are feeling well.

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  14. I love it! It is so pretty. I am also looking for a longarmer because I just finished up a quilt top about this size too. Congrats on the baby!! :)

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  16. I don't have any quilter recommendations, but I'm excited for you that you knocked out a big quilt like this so fast. Yay! I hear you on not piecing that many curved clams. Yowzers!

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