Cardinals and Hexagons for a Festive Season
This was a post that was featured on the Benartex blog last year featuring Jackie Robinson's collection called Festive Season. I'm sitting with my morning coffee in my living room, looking at my finished quilt hanging over a very old chest of drawers. We moved into a new house (actually, 40+ years old) last week and I haven't hung any quilts yet. So, I've draped a few and this one "told" me to blog about it today!
Here is what I wrote:
I received a bundle of many of the prints, and what I was most excited about were the vertical panels of cardinals! I had plans to make a strippy quilt and use these birds. But, even after cutting dozens of half hexagons and piecing several vertical strips, I walked away and started something else!
|Vertical border print from Festive Season|
|Half hexagons cut from most of the prints|
|Fabrics from Festive Season|
|The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar|
|November 25 block from Katja Marek's perpetual calendar|
Have you ever noticed the diagonal lines on your rulers? These are MAGIC! I use the 60 degree lines all the time. I cut 3" strips of this gorgeous gold print, sliced off the selvedge edge with a 60 degree angle by placing the ruler's 60 degree line at the bottom of the strip. Then I measured 3" over from the cut edge and cut perfect 3" diamonds.
|3" strips cut into 3" equilateral diamonds|
|Four diamonds about to become jewels|
I can make a perfect jewel by knowing what size the diamond will finish to (2-1/2"). Half of that is 1-1/4". I take my Creative Grids 60 degree ruler and line it up as shown and cut off a 1-1/4" triangle (discard). A perfect jewel! I cut four of these
|Cutting a perfect jewel patch|
|Black diamonds cut from 3" strips|
|Red triangles cut from a 1-3/4" strip using a 60 degree ruler|
- Left side: sew the red triangle, gold jewel and black diamond into a row. Press seams
- Center: Sew the two jewels to the black diamond.
- Right side: sew the black diamond, gold jewel and bottom red triangle together.
|Festive Season block patches ready to be sewn|
|Fussy cutting the cardinal using a freezer paper template window.|
|Sew two beige 60 degree triangles to top two sides of 3 blocks. Cut from 4-1/4" strips|
|Sew two red 60 degree triangles to top two sides of 3 blocks. Cut from 4-1/4" strips|
No y-seams, honest! Sew 3 blocks (two with beige triangles and one with red) into a large half-hexagon for the top. Sew 3 blocks (two with red triangles and one with beige) into a large half-hexagon for the bottom. Now sew both together (there will be a very big hole in the middle!)
|Six pieced blocks sewn into a ring and then the interfaced cardinal is machine appliqued onto the center|
|Festive Season table topper: 31" x 36"|
|Double Twisted Hexagon|
|Christmas Hexagon Star from Katja's Hexagon calendar|
|Center hexagon, four half-hexagons, two diamonds and two triangles!|