BON BON QUILT
FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 40" X 49"
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
(18) 2” x WOF strips of assorted saturated prints for coloured 1 1/2" Half Hexagons (feel free to use jelly roll strips - there'll just be bigger seam allowance)
(2) 2" x WOF strips of white background fabric for 1 1/2"Half Hexagons
(6) 3 1/2” x WOF strips of white background fabric for 1 1/2" Hexagons
(7) 6" x WOF strips of white background fabric for 3" Hexagons
(2) 1 1/2" x WOF strips of white background fabric for Edge Triangles
Total of 2 1/4 yards background fabric needed
½ yard for binding (2 1/2" )
1 1/2 yards for backing (if you’re OK with less overhang) or 3 ½ yards if prefer to play it safe and have 4” overhang on each edge (before quilting)
48" x 57" batting
Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
50-weight thread (Aurifil)
Fabric glue and/or Clover Wonder Clips*
Perle Cotton for big stitch quilting if desired.
*See tutorial for more information on basting http://www.talesofcloth.com/epp101
Coloured 1 1/2" Half Hexagons: Lay the 1 1/2" Half Hexagon template on the 2” coloured strip and add 3/8” seam allowance on the right side of the template. Flip the template upside down and nest to the previously cut edge, adding a 3/8” seam allowance then cut again for best use of the fabric. Cut 210 coloured 1 1/2" Half Hexagons.
White 1 1/2" Half Hexagons: Using the same directions as above, but using the white fabric, cut 16 coloured kites.
White 3" Hexagons: Cut the 6" strips into 32 rectangles, 6" x 6 1/2"
White 3" Half Hexagons: Use the leftover fabric from the 6" strips to cut these shapes like the coloured ones above.
White 1 1/2" Hexagons: Cut the 3 1/2" strips into (62) 3 1/2" squares.
Edge Triangles: Lay the triangle template on the 1 1/2" strip, long side down, and add 3/8” seam allowance on the right side of the template. Flip the template upside down and nest to the previously cut edge, adding a 3/8” seam allowance then cut again for best use of the fabric. Cut 30 Edge Triangles.
Binding: Cut 5 x 2 ½” WOF strips for binding.
STITCHING THE ROWS:
1. Prepare all the pieces for the quilt by basting the fabric to the paper templates.
2. Sew the coloured Half Hexagons around the white Hexagons, along the long side. (fig. 1)
3. Similarly, sew 3 coloured Half Hexagons around the short edges of the white Half Hexagons. (fig.2)
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP:
4. The quilt is sewn together in horizontal rows of flower blocks. Lay out 7 rows to create a pleasing arrangement of colours and label them or take a photo to remember. Be sure there is a point at the top of each white Hexagon when laying them out. Each odd row will have 5 complete flowers. The even rows contain 4 complete blocks and a half flower at each end. (fig.4)
5. Sew a 1 ½” white Hexagon into the top and bottom right-hand crevices of each flower, except the 4 full flower blocks down the right-hand side of the quilt. Then sew a 1 ½” white Hexagon to the top and bottom right-hand crevice of the 3 Half Hexagons down the left-hand side of the quilt. (fig. 3)
6. To begin a row, stitch one (full or half) flower block to the one next to it by holding them right sides together and whip-stitching along the seam. Stitch all the blocks together in rows.
7. Stitch the rows together. Place the first edge of the first row over the first edge of the second row and stitch along the edge. Stitch 3 times to anchor the seam on the corner, and then stitch along the next seam. Fold the neighbouring papers as you go to make holding the seams together easier.
8. Add the rows one at a time, and remove the papers, if desired, once a row is completely surrounded. Doing so as you go makes the quilt a bit lighter to handle for sewing subsequent rows, but you can wait until the quilt is completed before removing papers if desired.(fig. 4)
9. Fill any gaps along both sides with 1 ½” white Hexagons, and along the top and bottom with edge triangles.
10. Once the quilt is complete, remove any remaining papers and press the quilt top flat.
11. Open out the turn-under of the outside edge pieces and press again.
12. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together. Quilt as desired. The featured quilt was quilted in diagonal lines through the points of the white Hexagons.
13. Trim the excess quilt top, batting, and backing 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been (fig.5).
14. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.
15. Leaving an 8" tail of binding, sew the binding to the quilt through all layers, matching all raw edges. Miter corners. Stop approximately 12" from where you started. Lay both loose ends of binding flat along quilt edge. Where these two loose ends meet, fold them back on themselves and press to form a crease. Using this crease as your stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding together right sides together. Trim seam to 1/4" and press open. Finish sewing binding to quilt.
16. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and hand-stitch in place.