Good day! and welcome to LeeHaven. Have I got something to share with you. I’ve been working pretty hard on this one. Almost made me throw things and surely made me slip out a few words – if you know what I’m sayin’ – but I finally nailed it – thankful is me! It was a good old-fashioned challenge. I am so happy to share and see what you think.
- Main block Hexagon is 12.5″ unfinished
- Hexagons within block are made up of 24 – 2″ triangles from Inklingo (of course) collection: 60′ Triangle 2 and 4 inch
- 12 Setting triangles cut with Marti Michell 60′ Ruler
- Machined pieced
So here we go…
When I had some time I just let myself play with these blocks. They were kinda fiddly and I wasn’t having much fun. Can’t be a quilter not having fun but there I was, struggling along. Something about this block just made me keep going. I was pissy but I let it grow and found something neat. I could add some setting triangles. I could have a bigger block. More options. Keep going. Alrighty. So, color. I went for the brown/cheddar combo and eventually, as you’ll see, I settled on browns and red.
I enjoyed seeing this block come together, don’t get me wrong. I started to get fun. The setting triangles [cheddar] highlight a dark area or a light area depending on where the small triangles in the hexagon blocks meet. Cool!
This is my favorite, all yummy and pulled together, ready to sew. I just love the brown and cheddar but I love red and brown, too. So I let it rest.
And woke up the next day with red on my mind. I made some miscuts and had some problems! Lots of problems. I made mistakes but I worked ‘em thru and I can now say that I know how to do make this block. I can line things up and pretty much get it done.
Here are two pictures of some of my errors for your interest.
This error was a big learning experience. It was here that I figured out how to piece the entire block together with the setting triangles. You see, I was trying very hard to get my triangles to line up -across the blocks- but can you see where they’re off?
Now before you say I’m being a perfectionist here and/or you can’t really see what I’m talking about please let me just say that this was about the challenge. I was ready to let it alone in an even worse state of piecing to be honest but I had 12 more of these to go and I had to figure this out! I pressed on and eventually figured out how to line triangles up across the blocks.
Now this error is going to be something to be careful of because it’s easy to get your hexagon turned around. The two setting triangles (dominating the photo in red) should have the same opposing hexagon block position. That is to say, the lights and darks should be directly opposite of one another here. While this is an important aspect of the block I was done at this point and said something along the lines of [redacted].
So there we go. One block done. I’m feeling very Quilt-like with this one. I love it. Various colors with these big blocks – what a cool quilt would that be? Just another new project to make me happy. Thanks for letting me share with you and be quilting!