Blogging the Belinda Quilt: Piecing Hexagons

Welcome to the second week of the Blogging Belinda series! Last week I talked about selecting fabrics and a bit about how fabric value works in this quilt pattern. This week we’ll be looking at two ways to make pieced hexagons for the quilt using various shapes of scrap fabrics.

One of the easiest to make using existing strips. For the sake of this sample, I used 2 1/2″ strips from fabrics that coordinated with my feature fabric; I also have 2 1/8″ strips in my stash for scrappy binding that I could have pulled in, but we’ll talk about those in a bit!

Remember that the original pattern calls for 10″ square from a layer cake to start with for a hexagon, so you’ll need to make sure you have enough strips sewn together to make at least a 10″ square piece of “made” fabric.

For the next type of pieced hexagon, I used 5″ squares and another strip of 2 1/2″ wide fabric. I sewed two squares together for each side, and used them to flank the 2 1/2″ strip.

The overall size ends up more than 10″ wide, but that’s okay:

Both of these pieces get trimmed down using the printable template provided with the digital quilt pattern, or with a 60-degree ruler following the directions in the pattern!

Next week, we’ll look at one more type of pieced hexagon before moving on to finishing touches!

Author: Pam

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