Happy Hexagons

Make a ta­ble mat with hexagons and pre­cuts. This is the per­fect project for pre­cut leftovers.

Quilters World - Autumn Colors - - Contents - DE­SIGNED BY SAN­DRA L. HATCH

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 7 (5") squares to­tal light and

dark brown batiks

• 7 (11/2" x 42") strips to­tal light and

dark brown batiks

• 1/2 yard brown batik

• Back­ing to size

• Bat­ting to size

• Brown all-pur­pose thread • Tem­plate ma­te­rial

• Ba­sic sew­ing tools and sup­plies

CUT­TING

From 5" batik squares:

• Pre­pare a tem­plate for the A hexagon us­ing the pat­tern given. Cut as di­rected from the 5" batik squares.

From 11/2" batik strips:

• Cut each strip into 6 (11/2" x 43/4")

B strips.

From brown batik:

• Pre­pare 21/4" bias bind­ing strips to

to­tal 100".

COM­PLET­ING THE HEXAGON BLOCKS

1. To make one Hexagon block, se­lect one dark A hexagon and six light match­ing B strips.

2. Place a B strip right sides to­gether on one side of A, ex­tend­ing the left end at least 1¾" as shown in Fig­ure 1. 3. Start stitch­ing at least 1" from the left end of the A hexagon to cre­ate a par­tial seam as shown in Fig­ure 2. 4. Press the B strip to the right side and trim the short end even with A as shown in Fig­ure 3.

5. Add a sec­ond B strip to A re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4; press and trim ex­cess B even with A on each end. 6. Con­tinue to add B strips to A in a coun­ter­clock­wise di­rec­tion, trim­ming and press­ing after each ad­di­tion, un­til you have added a strip to each side. Now fin­ish the par­tial seam. Press and trim ex­cess at the end of the par­tial seam if nec­es­sary to com­plete one Hexagon block. 7. Re­peat steps 1–6 to com­plete a to­tal of 7 Hexagon blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE TA­BLE MAT

1. Join the hexagon blocks on ends to make two rows with two blocks and one row with three blocks, stop­ping stitch­ing 1/4" from ends as shown in Fig­ure 5. 2. Join the rows, stitch­ing from the ends of the stopped seam al­lowances to make set-in seams. Sew seams at edges all the way to the end of the pieces.

3. Layer, quilt and bind re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Basics on page 110.

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