Happy Friday Finish!

Do you remember this block? I made it last year using The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar by Katja Marek (published by Martingale).  This is the January 13 block:

January 13 block from the calendar using Kaffe Fassett fabrics
Wow. That's a lot of funky angles. How did I sew it? For my years working on the editorial staff of Quilt Magazine, we were advised to always "look for the long seams." Allow me to show you.

Step 1: Sew the center two triangles together
Sew two triangles together
 Step 2: Sew one half-hexagon to the bottom triangle
Adding one half-hexagon to the bottom triangle
 Step 3: Sew one half-hexagon to the other side of the bottom triangle
Second half-hexagon sewn to bottom triangle
 Step 4: Sew a diamond to a half-hexagon twice and then join to the top triangle.
Adding the last half-hexagons and diamonds
See?! No y-seams. All straight seam sewing. And each of those patches were cut using a rotary cutter and my 60 degree ruler!

Then, in a show of how much of a renegade I am (because these are NOT EPP - English Paper Pieced), I chose to add setting triangles to each of the six blocks instead of appliqueing each block to a huge background triangle. Saves a lot of fabric, btw.

Simple triangles added to 3 sides of the hexagon block
And my version of the January project:
January wreath of six January 13 blocks. Mine is a bit larger at 18" tall.
And the FINISHED table topper is perfectly bordered using a Brandon Mably print called Brandon's Brocade. I added a blue inner border (which picks up the bits of blue in some of the patches and the blue in the border print). I quilted it on my HandiQuilter Sweet 16.

Happy Hexie Table Topper
And, yes, I did put a label on the back using my method of NO hand sewing. I folded a square in half and then trimmed it to 120 degrees and tucked it into the binding (before it was stitched on). And, also yes: I stitch my binding on from the back and then sew it down from the front (reverse of what is "traditional." Didn't I tell you I was a renegade?  What do you think about that?

Thanks for stopping by. I love to finish my quilts. That Brandon's Brocade was a perfect finish for that Hexie Wreath I made one year ago. Have a great weekend!


  1. Love this. Now I'll have to get the Calendar. I saw it at the Attic Window Quilt Shop yesterday.

  2. So why do you stitch the bi ding on the back and then hand sew it to the front....to make sure the front does not miss the edge of the quilt?


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