The Storybook Hexagon Quilt is Finished!

This quilt serves as a caution against mindlessly window shopping at online fabric sites.  I had no plans to make this quilt, but as I was clicking through SuperBuzzy’s website during Christmas break, I spotted a fabric…and in a glorious instant I saw this quilt in my mind’s eye.  I quickly closed my web browser and ran away from temptation, telling myself that I had no time for making a quilt like that because I was committed to two other quilts for my children already, both seriously overdue.

But the fabric wouldn’t leave my brain.  I stewed about the idea for two whole weeks, all the while reminding myself that I did not have the time to add another quilt to my to-do list.

But then my heart got involved and started pleading with my brain to reconsider.  It was going to be a beautiful quilt, and it would be like creating art, and if I didn’t give my heart what it wanted, it refused to care about anything else.

Sigh…

Alright.

There are three different fabrics used for the fussy cut hexagons, all of which are from Superbuzzy.  The music-themed one is Trèfle by Kokka, and then there’s a November Books print by Kokka, and a folksy print by Cosmo Textile Company.  My selvages are pretty sliced up on the last two, or I’d give you more information.

Everything else, besides the solid blue, came from the stash.  I think the gray polka dot on the back is a Riley Blake print, and the roses print is years upon years old.  (I’m tremendously helpful, aren’t I?)

The quilting is a mix between free motion and walking foot.  I stippled the string blocks, outline quilted the hexagons, straight-line quilted the white stripes, and then did FMQ scallops around the white stripes and borders of the quilt, with some feather hearts in the corners.

I’m super happy with it.  I still stand by the opinion that I did not have the time to make this, but it’s OK in the end.  Sometimes you just have to give your heart what it wants, despite logic and logistics.  My heart is pleased.

Pattern:  “Cat Tails Quilts” from Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher.

January = Cutting and basting hexagons
February = Piecing hexagon blossoms
March = Piecing string blocks, appliqueing hexagon blossoms to string blocks
April = Assembling quilt top and back (I could have gone faster on this, but I burned out a bit at this point.)
May = Quilting & binding

And that’s how you make a fussy, fussy, my-heart-won’t-settle-for-anything-else quilt.

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32 thoughts on “The Storybook Hexagon Quilt is Finished!

  1. LA Paylor says:

    I just love a hexie especially a fussy cut one! Great choices. I'm so glad you visited my blog, and then I found yours. I like a colorful, creative approach and yours is fresh! Let's keep in touch with our blogs! I'm off to check out your creativity button, as living a creative life is so important to me.
    LeeAnna Paylor Not Afraid of Color! lapaylor.blogspot.com

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  2. Rachel says:

    That darn creative instinct, having a mind of it's own! And it loves to pop in when it's least convenient. I love the fussy cut hexies though. This is a great quilt. Nice work!

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  3. Lorna McMahon says:

    The heart wants what the heart wants. Right? So glad you caved and went for it, Cara. It is an absolutely adorable quilt and your quilting is amazingly beautiful. Wonderful finish!

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  4. Heidi says:

    OMGosh, I am so happy I found this post, what gorgeous eye candy, and entertaining post:-) Sometimes you just have to wih it, I'd say this quilt was meant t be,

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  5. A Nudge says:

    Love your hexie quilt – so happy! And I can see another one in the works from all those Memorial Day hexies you have prepped. Thanks for sharing your eye candy on Hexie Weekend.

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  6. Chantal says:

    I understand why it stuck on you because now it stuck on me too! It's a great combo, hexies and strings, that I don't recall seeing before. Great work, wonderful quilt, pleased heart. A win win situation. Love it.

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  7. Audrey B. says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Your quilt is beautiful, and I love the little storybook images on the hexagons.
    Unfortunately my little boy aleady started the whole 'pink is for girls' thing, because his classmates told him that. It makes me a little sad, and I try to tell him whenever I get a chance that everyone decides for themselves what they do and do not like – I hope he will come around again. Oh well, I guess since you're homeschooling this won't be an issue for your boy at least.
    I wish you all the best with the move – I hate moving and the thought of not just moving, but moving halfway across the world freaks me out. But on the other hand: Australia! How cool is that! (I love wombats!)

    Liefs, Audrey

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