FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 40" X 50"
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
ENGLISH PAPER PIECES
(81) fabric scraps or fussy cut squares at least 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" for Hexagons
(38) 2" x WOF strips in various prints for Half Hexagons
1/2 yard for binding
2 2/3 yards for backing
48" x 58" batting
Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
50-weight thread (Aurifil)
Fabric glue and/or Clover Wonder Clips*
*See tutorial for more information on basting.
METRIC CONVERSION CHART
1 inch 2.54cm
1 foot 30.48cm
1/2 yard 45.72cm
1 yard 91.44cm
Fabric scraps: Cut the scraps 3/8" larger on all sides than the Hexagon paper templates.
Strips: Lay the Half Hexagon template on the 2 1/2” 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 531 Half Hexagons.
STITCHING THE wreath blocks:
1. Prepare all the pieces for the quilt by basting the fabric to the paper templates.
2. Place a Half Hexagon right-side down over a Hexagon so that the long edge is at the top and the top-left corners of both shapes meet.
3. Whip-stitch the shapes together along the seam until you get to the end of the Hexagon side. Stitch a few times to anchor the thread and snip. Open the shapes out.
4. Sew another Half Hexagon along the left edge of the block. Continue stitching Half Hexagons to the centre Hexagon in an anti-clockwise direction until all side are sewn.
5. Make 81 Hexagon Wreath blocks.
Stitching the half blocks.
6. Using a Half Hexagon rather than a Hexagon as the centre, stitch half the long edge of a second Half Hexagon to the the right hand side, as pictured.
7. Stitch 3 more Half Hexagons to the block in an anti-clockwise direction.
8. Stitch 9 Half Wreath blocks.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT
9. Sew the Wreath blocks into 9 rows, each with 9 Wreath blocks and 1 Half Wreath Block.
10. Lay the rows out to check for pleasing colour placement. The first row begins with a full Wreath and ends with 1 Half Wreath. The second row begins with the Half Wreath and ends with a full Wreath. The third begins with a full block, and then the fourth begins with a half, and so on through the quilt. Number the rows.
11. Join the rows in numerical order. Place row 2 over row 1, right sides together. Using 3 stitches for anchoring the threads and small whipstitches for joining the fabric folds, sew the edges of the pieces together, bending the papers as needed to match the edges and corners.
12. 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.
13. Once the quilt is complete, remove any remaining papers and press the quilt top flat.
14. Open out the turn-under of the outside edge pieces and press again.
15. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together. Quilt as desired. The featured quilt was machine quilted with random horizontal and diagonal lines.
16. Trim the excess quilt top, batting, and backing 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been.
17. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.
18. 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.
19. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and hand-stitch in place.