I love to quilt. And when I found out one of my closest friends was having a baby, I was so excited to make her upcoming little one a baby quilt.
I had seen quilts all over Pinterest done with a hexagon pattern, which I really loved. I decided to make my own hexagon pattern based off of a picture I saw online.
Easy enough, right?
Actually, it was!
With the quilting supplies that I have, making a quilt has never been easier – even if you are trying to make up your own pattern.
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Before I get into the whole process, here’s a rundown of my go-to quilting supplies.
A rotary cutter and mat are essential. Here’s what I use:
Fiskars 3 Piece Rotary Cutting Set
If you’re wanting to make a hexagon quilt, you’ll definitely need this hexagon tool, which made my quilt ridiculously easy.
These pins are a life-saver, once you’re to the point of piecing your fabric together. These help you keep everything in perfect order! They’re a bit pricey, but completely worth it – trust me!
I used the Lullaby layer cake by Kate & Birdie from Moda Fabrics. The patterns in the package were absolutely adorable for baby Harper.
Using the largest hexagon in the hexagon kit, I cut out 40 half hexagon pieces.
I had to play around with how I wanted them to line up, but I finally figured it out. I made the quilt five half-hexagons wide, and eight half-hexagons long.
I sewed them together by row, and then using my numbered pins, marked which row was which. To make the edges straight, I used Moda Fabrics’ cantaloupe solid and cut quarter hexagons for the ends of each row. After all of my rows were sewn, I sewed each one to the last to make the top.
I picked a really soft batting from Joann’s Fabric and measured it to fit the top of my quilt, along with the cantaloupe solid for the back.
The next step is to use safety pins and pin the whole thing together. This part is a bit tedious, but I was able to finish it after an hour or so.
To quilt it, I did something fancier than I had ever done! I normally just follow the lines, but I really wanted to accent the hexagon pattern. I quilted a half-hexagon in each piece, and then another inside of it. It took hours and hours, but it was such a beautiful addition!!
The binding is my LEAST favorite part. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Press your fabric to remove any wrinkles or folds.
- Lay your fabric on a flat surface.
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, so the selvedges meet.
- Using a quilt ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat, cut the strips 2 1/2 ” wide.
- Place one strip on a flat surface, right side up. Place a second strip on top of the first one at a right angle. The ends of each strip should extend beyond each other by about a ½”. Pin in place.
- Using a straight stitch, sew along the drawn line across the intersection of the two strips.
- Trim the seam allowance back to ¼”.
- Continue joining the strips until they’ve become one long strip.
- Iron your strip in half.
- Lay the raw edges of one end of the folded binding on the edge of the quilt (whether trimmed or marked) leaving a 6″ to 8″ loose tail.
- Leaving the binding folded, backstitch and start sewing.
- Stop 1/4″ (or whatever width of seam allowance you are using) from the corner; this can be marked with a straight pin.
- Either backstitch or sew off at a 45 or 90 degree angle.
- Lift the presser foot and needle, cut the thread, and remove the quilt slightly away from the sewing machine.
- Rotate the quilt one-quarter turn and gently fold the binding straight upward forming a 45 degree fold.
- Holding the 45 degree fold with your thumb, fold the binding back down with the binding’s raw edges aligned with the edge (trimmed or marked) of the next side of the quilt.
- Start sewing again at the edge (as shown) or down 1/4″ (or other size of seam allowance).
- Sew to the next corner until it is time to stop again.
- Repeat for all four corners.
- Continue around each of the corners until you reach the side where you started; stop about 8″ to 10″ from the previous stitching and backstitch (leave a 6″ to 8″ tail).
- Lay one tail down along the quilt’s edge; cut it off perpendicular to the edge midway across the open space.
- Lay the second tail over the first; overlap an amount equal to the width of the binding strip and trim. For example, if 2-1/4″ binding was used, overlap the tails 2-1/4″. This can be measure by using a ruler or a piece of binding cut off and unfolded.
The end of your binding can be super tricky. I used this tool for the first time with this quilt, which made it WAY easier!
Once you finish your binding and trim your threads, you’re done!
This baby quilt turned out to look so adorable! I am already working on a second one, if you can believe it!