Well I need a new project like I need a hole in the head. But the fabric was just calling me, ever so softly. I swear it was calling out "Milly... sew me please". I just couldn't resist. This fabric started out life as a kona jelly roll. I bought if from here, which is a great place to buy Aussie based fabric if you ask me. Good prices :) and its nice to support grass root WAHMs.
So jelly roll unravelled I searched around the net for inspiration. Finally I found it on my own blog,of all places! Ever since this quilt, I've wanted to do another, non scrappy version.
There are 42 strips in my kona jelly roll, and I managed to divide them up into 14 sets of 3 strips. Each set had one shade of colour, but a dark, medium and light tone of that colour. Here is a little 3 photo tutorial of how to put together this quilt:
Sew 3 strips together using 1/4" seams.
Using a equilateral (or 60deg) ruler cut the strip into 6.5" equilateral triangles. The 6.5" refers to the HEIGHT of the triangle, not the length of one of the sides. See how the triangle template has measurements down its spine? Well you use those markers to measure the triangle. The width of my 3 strips is 6.5" so I would like the bottom of my strips up with the 6.5" line on the triangle template. I also used the seams between each strip to keep things accurate (as it was a bit hard to match the 6.5" line with the pinked edge along the bottom of the strip). In the pic above the seam line between the dark and medium strips lines up perfectly with the 2.25" line- so I checked that measurement too every time I cut a triangle.
From each strip you get 10 (sometimes 11) triangles. Half have the dark toned fabric at the bottom and half at the top. I was really hoping to get 6 of each type from the strip so I could create monochromatic hexagons. I must admit I had a bit of a dummy spit when I realised that I would only get 5 of each. I had to change tack and go for a multi-colour hexagon approach. I actually think its a happy mistake, and I like it this way better.
I have created hexagons with dark inners or dark outers but haven't mixed the two. Not really sure what the final size of this quilt will be. I have enough triangles for a generous lap quilt I think. I do have a second jelly roll, so I made use that to and just keep going until I get to a single bed size.
The new quilt is sharing space with my swoony quilt. I love walking past the doorway and seeing this :) Even if I'm too busy to sew I get to look and enjoy.