My Fall Hexagon Table Topper is Done!
When I started this project I picked a bunch of extra charms from my Autumn Schnibble Quilt and added some 5" squares from a new "Phenomenal Fall" Charm Pack. The first hex I made was by the method in the magazine. I cut the 19 cardstock hexagon shapes and basted the carefully cut hexagon shape to the cardstock. While I did this I was studying and mulling over the rest of the instructions, which called for hand sewing the basted hexes together, carefully removing the basting threads, then the cardstock shapes, then adding batting and backing and quilting. Hand sewing is slow going for me and tires my eyes, so I decided there had to be an easier way.
I decided to try a hand "quilt as you go" method for these hexes. I cut 19 of these larger hexagon shapes from Warm and Natural Batting scraps and left the charm whole.
I used the orange pearl cotton to hand quilt the fabric to the batting and right through the fabric folded to the back. My stitches might not be the most even or the straightest, but I am happy with the results.
I trimmed the charm on the back after stitiching.
one a hex
I made a few more quilt as you go hexes ...
join with right sides together
two a hex
join hexes with a ladder stitch
three a hex
Looked good to me, so I just kept quilting as I went.
I sewed the 19 hand quilted hexes together as shown in the magazine. Above is a photo the back of the top before I added the backing.
When it came time to add the backing, I cut a piece of brown flannel a little oversize to the hexagon topper.
To add a little substance to the topper, I used a double sided fusible interfacing between the backing and the top. Then I pinned around the edges. I pressed only the middle of the backing to the top before I did the blanket stitched edging.
I turned the edging under about a quarter of an inch as I hand stitched the backing to the top using a blanket stitch and carefully making sure my backing stitches did not show through on the front of the topper. Then I pressed the top and backing togther to finish the fusing process. This has resulted in a nice firm table matt that holds its shape but is not too stiff.
Again, I am not the neatest blanket stitcher, but I am happy with the way this went together.
I will definitely use this quilt as you go method for future projects with larger hexagons and other shapes ... maybe a tumbler pattern ... and for hand-embroidered quilt blocks.
Have a happy quilty day!