This will be the background of our group quilt. Usually the background of my quilts is made out of just one fabric so this is something new for me – a scrappy background.
My engineering mind is not accustomed with scrappy things but I really like this one.
In the picture below there are 1200 1 1/4” hexagons and 10 yards of fabric. For cutting I used this technique – it is really fast. I cut through 12 layers of fabric at once (with a 45mm rotary cutter and a new blade).
UPDATE: it seems the tutorial was moved; try this link.
This is the waste – 1 1/2” edge triangles.
I did my homework and now each of us has something to sew!
Could you believe that there are 1100 hexagons in this pretty stack ? It was fun to cut them (I saved $50, how could not it be fun ?), but I would not recommend to cut more than 600-700 in a day! I cut through 5 sheets of paper at once (tutorial here).
Edited to add: See the finished quilt here.
Wow, looks like you have a really good system worked out, and lots more work to go!
That's lots of cutting. Great job getting it done in a few days.
All those neutrals look wonderful! I'll bet you will come up with something delightful with the triangles too. I know it would be super tempting for me!
M-R Charbonneau says
I'm intrigued to see what you are going to do with these hexies!
Boy oh boy ~ that's a lot of hexagons and a heck of a lot of cutting!
Love the look on your cats face (the first picture) ~ he looks like he's saying 'of course I should get to sit on the hexagons ~ aren't they mine?!'
I don't think my wrists could take that much cutting. Too bad you don't have one of those Acu-Quilt cutters to speed the cutting!
Mary L. says
Scrappy backgrounds are the best. You'll see that it will add so much depth to your finished quilt. Happy stitching!
And We Sailed On says
cant wait to see what your finished product is with all of those pretty nuetrals.
Cats and hexies do not mix – they would just want to play in them.
What a great system for cutting hexies. I can't wait to see what you do with the hexie background.
That is an impressive amount of cutting. I am not patient enough for that.