Same Patches, Two Blocks
Most of my quilting inspiration comes from vintage and traditional blocks. Wagon Wheel is one of them. I have English Paper Pieced this as well as rotary cut and stitched it. Here's one made via EPP using the Grand Illusion fabrics by Windham.
|Wagon Wheel block|
Notice there is a full hexagon in the center surrounded by 6 half hexagons. Here are two hexagons ready to be surrounded by those half-hexagons.
|Two whole hexagons|
Same center hexagon with the half-hexagons turned 180 degrees. You've seen my Twisted Hexagon blocks before, and I think it's fun to see these two distinct blocks made with the same fabrics!
|Twisted Hexagon using the very same patches!|
Back to Wagon Wheel. I've shared tutorials on making these via rotary cutting and piecing. Unfortunately, you would have to stitch a y-seam (in fact, 6 of them!) to do it the traditional way. I sewed the half-hexagons into a circle and then interfaced the center hexagon and appliquéd it to the center. Easy!
|Rotary cut patches for the Wagon Wheel (aka, Honeycomb)|
I made two lovely Honeycomb (Wagon Wheel) table toppers using this method. Here are the parts of one of them. I actually put batting and backing on these and finished the edges using a "pillowcase" method (no binding). The topper is made of 4 blocks.
|4 Wagon Wheel/Honeycomb blocks: 10" x 13"|
Then I put them together like this by doing a fine, short zigzag stitch to join them:
|Honeycomb Table Topper|
And the second one using an Amanda Murphy collection called Blend:
|Honeycomb Topper from 2014!|
And what happens when you have just enough fabric left of this gorgeous collection to make a few more blocks. I combined TWO Twisted Hexagon blocks with ONE Wagon Wheel (center). It hangs in my living room in a skinny space next to my windows. Perfect width for that!
|Two Twisted Hexagon and One Wagon Wheel|
Here are the Twisted Hexagon parts. I shared this a few years ago (do a search for Twisted Hexagons and you will find quite a few tutorials here!)
|Twisted Hexagon parts: Whole hexagon and 6 half-hexagons|
I made several more whole hexagons using EPP and they are destined for still another quilt. Let's see them! Aren't these fabulous centered in the 2" hexagon papers?
|2" hexagons featuring a wonderful motif in the center|
Hope you enjoyed seeing the possibilities of taking a vintage pattern and updating it with today's fabrics and easy techniques!
Thanks! I have so much fun fussy cutting a motif to be the center of a patch.Delete
I DID enjoy seeing how you could have very different blocks with just a little twist. It's fun to see how you make things easier, too.ReplyDelete
Both blocks are traditional/vintage. Nothing new under the sun. But it sure is fun with today's fabrics!Delete