|The people on the bus go round and round . . .|
|Round and round . . .|
Hilary (the mother of my two grandsons and my 2nd daughter) told me about the first time Miles got to ride a city bus. He was totally spellbound; star struck. Can you imagine how he will feel next year on a school bus with a bunch of little kids like him?
But, hey, this is supposed to be about quilting and fabric and patterns, right? I mean, my motto is: All quilts. Only quilts. All the time! No discussions about a bunion surgery for 8 days in a row (with graphic pictures). And discussions about the re-do of my bathroom and pictures of all the junk spilling out of the old cabinets (including unmentionable female hygiene products). I'm not making this up - there are professional quilters who go off the quilt path like that!!
ONLY QUILTS, RIGHT?
First the fabric from Benartex: Head of the Class Collection:
|Head of the Class Collection by Benartex Fabrics|
What did I make with this fun group of fabrics? I pondered for several weeks about what I could create. I'm sure Benartex despaired that I would ever find something.
First, let's cut one 6-1/2" strip from most of the prints. I didn't use the cream with apples because I am using a white background fabric and it would be lost. I also fussy cut from the large scale print with the "School Rocks" words on that (more about fussy cutting later).
Using the Creative Grids 60˚ ruler and the folded 6-1/2" strip (fold side at the bottom), I cut whole hexagons - YES, I did! Formula? Half the FINISHED height of the hexagon = 3". Align the 3" horizontal ruler line with the top raw edges of the folded strip. Slice on both sides.
|6-1/2" x wof strip folded to 3-1/4" x wof (fold at bottom)|
|Open up the cut shape to reveal a PERFECT hexagon|
And what about the little triangles left over from cutting like this? Eight (8)
|5 whole hexagons; 8 little triangles to be used in another project|
First, cut out a freezer paper hexagon the same way you did the fabric. This is your template.
|Cut out freezer paper hexagon|
Next, iron it (waxy side down) over the motif you wish to use:
|Iron to fabric, waxy side down. Cut it out with scissors or rotary cutter|
|Peel off freezer paper and you have a perfect hexagon with "School Rocks" in the center!|
|5 hexagons from each of the strips I cut|
One of my "GO TO" patterns, my Hexie Ring. Sew them into a circle, add triangles cut from a 3-1/2" strip (using the CG ruler) and add center hexagon (faced with interfacing) last, sewing with a small zigzag stitch and monofilament thread (you can see this in the Owl Be There post below).
This block is 18" high and could easily be a table topper or child's large placemat!
|Sew triangles to hexies; then hexies into a ring. Add center faced hexagon last|
|Sew hexagons in sets of 3, along with two triangles on each hexagon.|
|18" high block|
And a simple set of hexagon rows here:
|Hexagons and white triangles; trim sides or add more white|
You can see this technique at an earlier post with Benartex fabrics here: Boogie in Hen House
And an even earlier post using the Owl Be There Collection