Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's a runner month with Jane and her Seasonal Hexaculture

Hi, I am Jane (Quiltjane) from Want it, Need it, Quilt. Thank you Madam Samm for inviting me to share in the March Runners month.

Today I bring you a detachable runner, using one of my favourite shapes - the humble hexagon. The hexagons can be joined with a simple button and loop to extend the length of a table or divided up into individual pieces.



Materials
  • 1/2 yard of 5 different fabrics ( 2 prints and 3 solids)
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • 1/2 backing fabric 
  • 20" x 65" wadding
  • 8" 60 degree triangle ruler / or template plastic
  • 8 buttons
  • Perle Cotton
Clearview 8" 60 degree ruler

To make your own template, draw a 7 1/2" base line. Find the midpoint of the baseline.
Draw a vertical  line measuring 6 1/2".
Draw 2 sides exactly 7 1/2" in length. Measure 1/4" inside the perimeter to mark the 1/4" seam allowance.
Cutting
  • Cut 1 - 6 1/2" x 22" strip from one print fabric. Set aside for Summer block
  • Cut 6 - 2 1/4" strips WOF for binding
  • All other cutting directions are block based.
Assembly


Each hexagon is made up of 6 equilateral triangles cut from pieced fabrics. For each hexagon block made there will be left over strips which can be used in the other blocks.

Winter
  • Cut 2 strips, width of fabric (WOF) from each of the 5 fabrics in different widths of 2", 2 1/2", 1", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2". Alternate the strip width for each fabric so no 2 are the same width.
  • Cut the strips in half again to yield approximately 22" strips
  • Join the strips to make 2 sets 6 1/2" x approx 22".
Hint: Start and finish with a wide strip. You may need to trim back the finished strip sets to 6 1/2".
    • Using the template or ruler, cut three triangles from each strip set. Save the off cuts and extra strips as they will be used in the 'Summer' Block.


    • Sew 3 triangles together to make a half. Make 2 halves and sew these together to make one hexagon.

    Horizontal Strips - Winter
    Spring
    • Cut 2 strips, width of fabric (WOF) from each of the 5 fabrics in different widths of 2", 2 1/2", 1", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2". Alternate the strip width for each fabric so no 2 are the same width.
    • Cut the strips in half again to yield approximately 22" strips
    • Join the 10 strips into one large strip set to make length and width approx 22"
    • Cut into 6 1/2" x approx 22" sections
    Remember to keep all off cuts for use in the Summer block
    • Cut 3 triangles from each 6 1/2" x 22" strip set
    • Sew 3 triangles together to make a half. Make 2 halves and sew these together to make one hexagon.
    Vertical Strips - Spring
    Autumn
    • Using any extra strips from Spring and Winter, make 2 strip sets 12" x 22". You may need to cut extra
    • Place the template on an angle and cut first triangle.


    Hint: Mark the three triangles on the fabric to ensure they all fit

    • Cut 3 triangles from each 12" x 22" strip set
    • Sew 3 triangles together to make a half. Make 2 halves and sew these together to make one hexagon.

    Angled Strips - Autumn
    Summer

    • Using all the off cuts and left over strips, make 1 randomly pieced block 6 1/2" by 22"
    • Cut 3 triangles
    • From the 6 1/2" x 22" print piece cut 3 triangles

    • Sew 3 triangles together to make a half. Make 2 halves and sew these together to make one hexagon.

    Pieced Strips - Summer
    Quilting and Binding

    I chose to do four geometric designs to reflect the four seasons


    Doing 60 degree bindings is very similar to a square binding on a quilt.
    • Sew to corner of hexagon
    • Fold binding up You can see it forms an angle in line with the seam
    • Fold the binding down with edge in line with corner top and at right angles to tip. Start sewing 1/4" from tip
    • Fold back binding and hand sew at back.
    Finishing runner
    I have chosen to use a simple loop using perle cotton. If you would like to make a chained loop here is a great tutorial by Oliver + S.
    • Add a loop to each end of the hexagon at the widest point.
    Bring thread through to point and make a quilters knot. 
    Make a loop big enough to fit button through. Thread back through tip and secure again with quilters knot. 
    Bring the thread down through layers and trim to hide.
    • Repeat for all four hexagons.
    • Add button to the tip of each corner that has a loop
    • Join hexagons by slipping opposite loop over button.
    Configurations

    The hexagons can be joined at one point



    or at 2 points



    and they can be separated to make individual mats.


    Try experimenting with different sized hexagons



    or even different shapes, such as diamonds and squares.


    I hope you have enjoyed todays project. If you make a detachable runner please add it to the Flickr group found here. I would love to see them all.

    26 comments:

    1. hmmm, take two.

      your design is really cute and very creative! i love the mulit usability of it. it will be a great idea for some gifts this christmas!
      thanks for sharing :)
      now i hope this post get thru this time.............

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    2. What a clever idea with the buttons and loops - you could use that method with any shape block. But love your hexies.

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    3. Good morning Jane my goodness the possibilities of such a runner style,,,I simply love it...the buttons,,well way cool? Excellent tut.

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    4. Luv this design, great tutorial, thanks for sharing Jane...happy Tuesday...(o:

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    5. What a great idea - I would never have thought of joining them like that but it's perfect for when I add or take off the leaf in my table. And thanks for the link to the chain. I've done that before but it's been a long time and I'd forgotten. blessings, marlene

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    6. Jane, I enjoy hexagon's too. And this is such a great idea! To loop them together. How cute!

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    7. I love your hexagons. What a great idea for a table runner.

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    8. Jane, your runner is so sweet, pretty, and practical! Wonderful tutorial!

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    9. Thank you for all your kind comments.

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    10. What a clever idea! Makes a table runner very versatile. Thanks!

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    11. I think i found a project for today!! And can I say thank you, I know having the rulers at hand is great, but I LOVE that you showed us how to make our own template!! L-O-V-E!! Thank you!!!

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    12. I love hexis and your table runner is really cute. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    13. Now I need this ruler. Thank you for an excellent post

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    14. Your tutorial is so professional! You make quilter like me (who flies by the seat of her pants) so disorganized. The botton and loop idea can be used in so many different projects..I'l keep that one in my bag of tricks.
      Wonderful tablerunner!
      Blessings
      Gmama Jane

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    15. This is a great tutorial, Jane. I really like your idea of the loops and buttons - and a great tutorial, too!

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    16. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

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    17. Great tutorial Jane. I have a soft spot for hexies and fell in love with your runner! What a clever idea with the buttons and being able to adjust the size. Another one for the to-do list. Super job!

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    18. Great tut Jane. I love the buttons and loops. I would never have figured out the binding without the great photos.

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    19. Fabulous! Love the design for your runner, Jane. You've got me wanting that ruler so I can make these cool hexies too! Thanks for an inspiring tutorial.

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    20. What a great idea! I love the hexie shape and that the mats can be joined or used separately. I'm adding this to my to-do list. Thanks!

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    21. What a unique design thank you for sharing

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    22. Thanks for the tut. I've seen hexagons before and as a new quilter, they looked too complicated. Your tutorial makes it look easy. I love the detachability as there are times I would need to expand my table for guests and could just add a piece or two.

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    23. Love your design! Very creative! Am tempted to make one!

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