Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hexie Quilt Confusion.

I realize this isn't anything even close to a "finished" project in this photo. All my hexagons are hand sewn together though, I swear. For a while it's what I did in between phone calls at work.

Now I have completed two small tops, maybe to be little mats to go on side tables or something, I don't know... I didn't really have a plan, I was just trying to pass time.

So now I have these two tops and no idea how to add a backing to them, so I did what I do when I want an answer, I did some Googling and I came across three tutorials I thought I would share in case you have trouble backing odd quilts too.

The first is specific to Hexie quilts and I really love this one, although my hexies are kind of large and finished tops are kind of small, I think, to use this method. It has you add more hexies around the edge of your quilt on the back, it's pretty neat. It allows you to quilt your quilt layers as you normally would before adding your hexie "binding". You can view that here.

The next one is also hexie specific but has you attach your backing by sewing around the edges then using an open seam in the backing to flip the quilt right side out. I like this method also but it would not allow you to quilt the layer until after the layers are all sewing together, so you'd be quilting a "finished" quilt. You can view that tutorial here.

The last one has several methods, including appliqueing your hexie top to a square or rectangular top, sort of like your hexie top is floating I guess. Kinda neat. It also uses both methods above for other shapes. You can view those here.

I'll let you know what I decide! As far as quilting goes I think I'm going to hand quilt these, at work between phone calls, and it should be interesting because I've never hand quilted anything before!!

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