FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 47" X 56"
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
ENGLISH PAPER PIECES
384 (3 packs) 2” Half Hexagons
165 (1 pack) 2” 6-point Diamonds
22 (1 pack) 2” Equilateral Triangles
(35) 2 ½” x WOF strips of assorted prints for Half Hexagons
(10) 2 ½ " x WOF strips of white fabric for Diamonds and Triangles
(3) 2 ½” x WOF strips of co-ordinating solids for Diamonds
½ yard for binding (2 1/2" )
3 ½ yards for backing
55" x 64" 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
Prints: 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 384 Half Hexagons.
Solids: Using the Diamond and Triangle paper templates as a guide, cut 165 Diamonds and 22 Triangles, leaving a ⅜” seam allowance on all sides.
STITCHING THE ROWS:
1. Prepare all the pieces for the quilt by basting the fabric to the paper templates.
2. Sew the right, short side of one Half Hexagon to the left short side of a second hexagon to make an arrow shape (fig.1). Make 180 arrows. There will be 24 Half Hexagons remaining.
3. The quilt is sewn together in vertical rows of arrows which alternate direction, from the top down. Row 1 (the first row on the left) begins with a Half Hexagon, with the longest side facing to the bottom left. Join it to an arrow (pointing right) (fig.2*). Keep the thread attached to the pieces after securing the stitching line so you can sew continuously to add the next piece. Open out the pieces. (*Due to space requirements fig. 2 is sideways - just make sure your pieces look like the diagram!)
4. Add the next arrow, pointing left and continue joining the pieces. After you have attached 15 arrows, finish the row by adding a Half Hexagon, the longest side facing the top left.
5. Sew the solid shapes to the right-hand side of the row, starting with a Triangle, and following with 15 Diamonds, and finishing the row with another Triangle (fig.3 - again sideways but still correct).
6. Stitch 12 vertical rows, choosing arrows at random to create a scrappy effect. Add Triangles and Diamonds down the right side of each row except the last. Occasionally place a string of 4 coloured diamonds instead of white.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP:
7. Lay out the rows (fig.4) to create a pleasing arrangement of colours and number them or take a photo.
8. 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 as you stitch along the row.
9. 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.
10. 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 hand quilted in vertical lines through the diamonds.
16. Trim the excess quilt top, batting, and backing 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been (fig.5).
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.