Friday, January 31, 2014

Soupcon Hexagon Quilt Along Part 3

Soupcon Quilt Along (QAL)
Part 3 of 6

Welcome to Step 3 of my Soupcon QAL. If you missed Step 1 you will find it here and Step 2 is here. Step 3 won't take much time at all. I expect you can complete it in a couple of hours! You will need two fabrics, one for a ring that will surround your block and a second for your background. For me that is where I spent most of my time, selecting the fabrics!

In Step 1 I had told you that you could use a large print like this one and that if you did you would start your quilt at Step 3. So if that's you it is time to pull out that large, lovely print! If you made a hexagon star or flower this doesn't apply to you!


Cut a 10 1/2" square of fabric. Be sure that your motif will fit inside a 8" circle. I like to give my fabric a spritz of starch and a good press. You are now ready to join those of us who are using a hexagon or star for our center medallion!

This is what your block will look like when Step 3 is finished. We will add the ring around our hexagon masterpiece and then applique the entire unit to a background fabric!




The Ring
To make the ring you will need a 10 1/2" square of fabric. Give the fabric a spritz of starch and give it a nice press with a hot, dry iron.

There are two ways to mark your fabric to make the ring. I have made a template that is one half of the ring and you will find it here. You can use this template to draw your ring on the fabric OR you can make the ring the way I did. You will need a compass that can open up enough so that the space between the needle point and the lead measures 4 3/4". Fold the 10 1/2" square in half and then in half again. Give the folds a light press so that they are clearly visible. Tape the square to a cutting mat.


Set your compass so that the distance between the needle point and the lead is 4".


Position the needle point in the center of the fabric where the two folds cross. Draw a circle. Open up the compass so that the distance between the needle point and the lead is now 4 3/4". Position the needle point in the center of the fabric. Draw your second circle.


The pencil lines from my compass were faint so I used my Frixion pen to draw on top of the pencil lines. These lines represent the finished size of the ring. HELPFUL TIP for TROUBLE SHOOTING: If your embroidery strays into the area of the ring, simply increase the size of the inner ring. If you set the compass and 4 1/4" it will give you an opening of 8 1/2". You will also need to adjust the size of the outer ring. Instead of setting the compass at 4 3/4" you will need to set it at 5"


Once you have drawn the circles on your fabric, make registration marks on the ring with  fabric safe marker at the each of the fold lines. These marks will be used to line up the ring on the hexagon block. Cut out the excess fabric on the inside of the ring being sure to leave at least a 1/4" seam allowance.


Clip all the way around the circle making sure that your clip marks are a couple of threads shy of the pencil line. My clips were about 1/4" apart.


I like to finger press to turn under the seam allowance first and then baste it with thread. HELPFUL TIP: When finger pressing pinch the fabric. Release, move your fingers over a little and pinch again. Do not drag or slide your fingers along because you will distort the fabric and it won't lay flat. If you prepared your fabric with a little spray starch it will help give you a nice crisp crease when you finger press.

Give your hexagon block a spritz of starch and press with a hot, dry iron. Locate the center point at the top and bottom and sides.

I placed a flower head pins at each of the points.


Line up the registration marks on the ring with the pins on the hexagon block. Pin at each of the four points. Smooth out the ring fabric and pin all around the inside circle of the ring.


Applique the inside edge of the ring to the hexagon block. You can applique by hand or machine. It is up to you.

Trim the excess background fabric on which you appliqued your hexagon - make sure that there is at least a 1/4" of fabric seam allowance.


HELPFUL TIP: Save all of your scraps that were trimmed because you might want to use them in future steps. By repeating those fabrics in other parts of the quilt gives it a cohesiveness even though it is a scrap quilt.

DESIGN OPTION: You could stop right here. Make multiple blocks and sew them together for a quilt! I think it would make a stunning quilt. This would be a great way for Nellie to use all those lovely black and white modified hexagon blocks that she made! Jean also made a lot of blocks which could be turned into a quilt. Before you decide, why not finish reading the instructions to see if you would like to carry on!


The final step for the ring is to trim the excess fabric from the outer edge being sure to leave at least a 1/4" seam allowance. I like to turn under the seam allowance and finger press before I baste it under.


When I baste the outer curve I take very small basting stitches because I find that I get a nice smooth curve. If I take larger stitches little pleats form and those pleats look like points from the right side. HELPFUL TIP: If you do get a pleat paint a little starch on just that spot, smooth out the pleat with your fingers so that the curve is smooth and then press with the tip of a hot iron. Don't burn those fingers because you still need them for a little hand sewing!



The Background

It is time to select the fabric you will use for a background. I auditioned fabrics until I found the right one. I simply spread out a piece of fabric and placed the hexagon block on top. I tried more than a dozen fabrics until I found the one I wanted. Take your time because you've got two weeks until the next step!

This is my hexagon block with the ring. It is on the fabric I used to make the modified hexagon star. I wasn't crazy about this background so I auditioned it on several fabrics until I found what clicked with me! When I look at this the background is too busy and it takes away from the lovely work I did on my hexagon. I opted to go with a small soft print.


Once you've selected your fabric you are going to need to cut a square. The size of square you need is 12 1/2" HOWEVER I cut a 13" square, gave it a spritz of starch and pressed it with a hot dry iron. I then trimmed it to 12 1/2". Once trimmed to size I folded the square in half and then in half the other way.

Place the hexagon with the ring on the background fabric and line up the registration marks on the ring with the folds on the background fabric. Pin well with applique pins or thread baste the ring to the background Applique the ring to the background using your preferred method.

DESIGN OPTION: If you like what we've done so far why not make a quilt entirely of these blocks? You can embellish with embroidery or not - your quilt, your choice! Wouldn't it be fun to make a quilt of these blocks and then applique a small hexagon motif on the intersections where the blocks meet? As always, let the creative juices flow!


That's it for Step 3! I hope you are enjoying making your blocks as much as I enjoy seeing them. Don't forget to post your pictures on the Soupcon FLICKR Group and while you are there be sure to check out what everyone is doing! Step 4 will be released on February 14. I'll be challenging you to try something you might not have tried before so I hope you will give it a go. If you think it is too challenging I'll be sure to provide you with some design options! Our Soupcon quilts are going to start to grow!

Also for all you hexie-aholics it is hexie Friday over at A Quilting Readers Garden so don't forget to pop in for a visit to see what others are doing!

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H

27 comments:

  1. Looking awesome Karen! I will be auditioning some fabrics today! Thanks again for the fun QAL.

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    1. So glad you are having fun! I can't wait to see what fabrics you choose!

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  2. I have just discoverd your blog and I love your hexagon quilt along. Thanks for this and for the embroidery tutorials!

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    1. You are most welcome and I am pleased you are enjoying the tutorials! I've got more fun stuff planned!

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  3. just got in from having dinner out ( Friday night here). Love where this is going, my mind is racing trying to think what is in the stash. I am very tempted to head out to the sewing room and sort through some options. It might have to wait until after Gd's birthday tomorrow.

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    1. I'll be watching on FLICKR to see what you decide on! Your block is very pretty so there are plenty of options!

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  4. Awesome! I love it! Are you getting lots of new followers? And one more question...whey did you name it Soupcon? I wonder that every time I read your posts! LOL. The blocks are looking stunning!

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    1. Hi Missie - I've very fortunate to have picked up about 50 followers so that is very exciting. I guess I should start thinking about more fun things for them!

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  5. Fabulous tutorial...thank you:)

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    1. You are welcome and I hope you'll join in on the fun!

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  6. Your blocks are gorgeous. This will be a new technique for me - look forward to it.

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    1. Thanks Angie. I love the ring and think it would be a great way to feature some pretty embroidered blocks in a quilt!

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  7. Terrific -- question is "could I catch up" this weekend?

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    1. Yes you can but you'll have to leave the computer if you want to catch up!

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  8. Woo Hoo! A ring around the center motif! Mine is going "outside the box." I'll bet you were you biting your tongue to not leak to me that circling our main motif was the next step?

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    1. When I visited your blog and saw what you were doing it was like you were reading my mind! So glad we are on the same page!

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  9. This looks so fun! I can't wait to get started!

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    1. It really was a lot of fun and it creates a really nice effect with relatively little effort!

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  10. Will it adversly affect the rest of the QAL if I echo the octagon shape from my embroidery instead of appliqueing a circle? Can't wait to see where this is all going!

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    1. The next three steps are all border so as long as what you do measures 12 1/2" (this includes the seam allowance) when you are done you will be just fine! I'm really happy that you are putting your own spin on Soupcon!

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  11. Thanks for this new tutorial :the shape is very interesting!
    I thinks I'am going to wait for the next step to decide what I'll do with my blocks...

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    1. That is perfectly fine. Any time you aren't sure it is best to wait and see what comes next. I want you to be happy with your quilt!

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  14. This QAL is so inspiring. I'm new to hexagons but am soldiering forward. So far I have made four different versions: one ready for Step 3 that I like, two ready for Step 2, and one total "fail". I've tried posting but Flicker and I are not playing happily. Wanted to let you know I appreciate the ideas and techniques you are sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad you are soldiering along and hope that you are enjoying making your quilt! I I wanted to send you a little note to that effect but you are a no-reply blogger! I sure hope you'll be able to get your pictures posted on FLICKR!

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