For me, inspiration often strikes at the most inconvenient moment- right at the time that there is absolutely nothing I can do about the idea I have. I have lost a lot of good ideas to convenience, and so I have learned that when it strikes, I’d better act, or I might loose it. Such is the case with this project. It is totally inconvenient. It has no purpose, other than to accomplish an idea that ran across my brain. I had to interrupt other things to work on it. It is taking more time than I wanted. And yet, here it is. Needing to be cared for and nurtured until it grows up.
So, remember my last post on inspiration? Here’s where we left off-
My pics are not so good- I really need a camera other than the one on my phone, and maybe some lighting in my studio, but this is what I’ve got for now, and it will have to do! Anyway, I had found the perfect fabric, tool and book to get my ideas flowing, and while I had started playing a bit, I just hadn’t found the right combo.
I have major issues with staying on task, although I really do finish most projects that I begin. I just need a break sometimes from a big project for something smaller and a little easier, hence the baby quilt on the right. I had finished cutting and placing all of my wedges as desired on the design wall, and I needed to “look away” for a minute, so I put together this baby quilt. I will do a different post on it.
I finally started sewing wedges together, section by section, row by row. Then I realized that I hadn’t thought through my design completely. What about those odd shaped sides? Should I leave them? No, I want a bigger quilt than this and want to add borders, so the sides have to be squared up. Back to the book Sizzlin’ Sixties.
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t follow directions well, and here is a good example of that. It really does make a difference to actually read rather than just looking at the pictures. Just saying. Anyway, in order to make half wedges to create the straight sides needed on a hexagon quilt, you cannot just cut a wedge, and then cut it in half. It doesn’t give you enough seam allowance. (See above).
There are different ways to cut these side pieces. The book uses a traditional 60 degree ruler, which I did not have, so I could not do it the way it was written. Also, Julie from Jaybird Quilts has a Sidekick ruler that would do the job fabulously, but alas, I don’t have it yet. So, I had to improvise. It is possible to do this without an additional ruler, but I would have rather had the Sidekick. I hope to get it soon.
So, here’s what I did-
I used my Hex N More ruler and lined up my straight edge with the far top point of the ruler, and the 4 1/2″ line, as this was the size I needed to make my straight edges. Then I cut.
To continue cutting the “half” wedges I needed without waste, I turned to my straight-edge ruler and lined up the 60 degree line with the cut I made before. This worked fine, but like I said, I would have rather had the Sidekick.
As you can see above, those “half” wedges create a straight edge for the hexagon shaped quilt. It isn’t required if you want the sides of the quilt to have the hexi shape, but again, I want to add a border and need the sides to be straight.