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Earlier this year, our awesome guild member Val taught a hexagon star stack and whack quilt workshop. Just for us, she taught it all in one day even though she normally teaches it over four sessions!

hexagon star quilt

She showed us how to carefully layer, pin, and cut our fabric so that we could make fun kaleidoscopey patterns with yardage from just one print. I got to use all Cotton & Steel for this quilt (hooray, sales!) and this Alexia Abegg papercut print for the hexagon centers.

Alexia Abegg paper cuts print

For the quilting, I tried to do custom fmq by outlining the print in the hexagons. It was fun, but I was glad that this quilt was only lap sized.

hexagon star fmq

On the borders, I tried making ghosty shapes by fmqing hexagons. I feel like normally, ghost shapes are supposed to be surrounded by dense quilting to really highlight the shapes, but I didn’t do that because I couldn’t imagine what it should look like on this quilt. Also, I was almost done and getting lazy. 😀

stacknwhack ghosty border

Back to the piecing — I made a problem that Val hadn’t ever seen before from her other students! My first few hexagons came out really warped and couldn’t lay flat. We tried a bunch of things, and it wasn’t til a fellow student let me try sewing on her machine that we realized that my problem was that I was sewing with a too-scant 1/4″ inch seam allowance. I was sewing on my Juki TL-2000qi, and I normally use the edge of the regular presser foot to sew a very scant 1/4″, which usually works out fine since I’m at least consistent with myself. But since the hexagons are basically circles, it makes a big difference when you don’t use the intended exact 1/4″ seam allowance.

After that, I used the 1/4″ marking on the throat plate thingy, and my hexagons came out fine. Yay!

circles fmq

The pattern that Val was having us work off of included a border made from the hexagon centers fabric, which is fun because then people can see the print that the kaleidoscopes are made from. I replaced it with a smaller border of the background fabric, though, because I liked having the stars floating.

olive center!

It’s been a few months since I finished and mailed this quilt off (I sent this to my friend who I told I’d make a Belcarra blouse for TWO YEARS AGO and still haven’t finished yet O_o ), and I’ve already forgotten how to make it. Good thing I hardly ever want to make up quilt patterns more than once!