Friday, March 26, 2010

hexagon quilt along... supplies

Friday, March 26, 2010
jaybirdquilts
The Hexagon Quilt-A-Long Posts
flickr pool block 1 & layouts   block 5
supply list & faq block 2 block 6
button & participants   block 3 block 7
cutting instructions block 4 finishing directions


so as i announced...
 i'll be hosting a hexagon quilt a long
in connection with

 { fyi...you can join the hexagon quilt a long at any time }

{ my pillow for the pillow talk swap }
so are you in??
you should join us!!
sign up in the flickr pool.. and leave me a comment too!


i've had a bunch of e-mails asking questions.
so here are the answers to a few...

supplies.
a jelly roll.. or a whole bunch of 2 1/2" x WOF strips.
a layer cake or a bunch of fat quarters... i'd say 8 or so FQ will work
a solid that contrasts with your fabric... i don't have exact yardage yet... but you'll probably need around 1-2 yards depending on how bit you want your quilt to be.
fabric is nest
by tula pink
{ & is just for show... this is what i'm using... }


when?
we'll be starting in about 2 weeks or so.
there is going to be more than one block...
and we will be doing 1 or 2 blocks a week.


questions?
this post will also serve as a place to ask questions.
& i'll update it as often as i can.

so start asking!



okay, I forgot to ask... what is WOF? I'm new to quilting and some of the terms. Thanks for helping me out.
WOF = width of fabric
here is a list of common terms


will this be easy enough for a beginner?
this is probably considered a bit above a beginner level project... but i'll be posting lots of photos... and i'll be here every step of the way to answer questions!


Are there large focal areas of the blocks, or are small scale prints better? (I'm totally using this to justify shopping)
both!  for the parts made with jelly roll strips... you'll end up with small pieces.. but the areas that will use the layer cake or fat quarters will be big enough areas to focus on large prints if you want!


do I have to join the flicker group to join in?
you don't have to... but it is lots of fun to see what everyone is making!


Jelly roll and layer cake of same fabric line is best? For someone without much of a stash and no idea how these get used. Could solids work for FQs? 
can be.. but doesn't have to be! and yes solids could work for FQs... you'll need the jelly roll first.. so if you want to get that part & then wait to get the rest of your fabric as the quilt comes along that will work too!


There's a line I want to use that doesn't have a Jelly Roll. Any guesses how much I'll need? The fat quarter set comes with 21 fat quarters. I'll need 8 for the "layer cake" portion. Will 13 fat quarters equal what I would get from a jelly roll?
very cute fabric!  how much you'll need depends on how big you want to go... but it will be a lot easier to have fabric that is the full WOF {aprx 42"} and not the 21" of a FQ.  You could order 1/4" yard cuts of the fabric you like... 13 or so should be enough.. and then you can use the other 8 for the 2nd part of the quilt.


Okay, question: are there special quilting tools or templates you use with a hexagon quilt?!
yes.  see rulers below.
and we will be making a template too.  you'll be able to make it from paper or you can get template plastic if you'd like.



Is there a special ruler we will be using?
ruler options

my #1 suggestion.
60 Degree Double-Strip Ruler by Creative Grids


other options

60° Triangle 8in Ruler by Creative Grids



Equilateral Triangle Rulers by American Jane


i'll also show you how to work with a standard 6 x 24 ruler
and some of the others shown below...
but getting a 60 degree ruler will help... trust me!



I am really excited about this quilt. I always wanted to learn how to make hexagons. I have a question though. Where does the contrasting fabric go? I couldn't picture it from your Neptune pillow. I have Neptune jelly roll, if I can find a layer cake, that will be my fabric choice. Thanks for leading this quit along.
the pattern is a variation of my pillow... soon enough you'll see where all the fabric goes... as long as you have the jelly roll you'll have enough to get started!

74 comments:

BaileyGirl5 said...

I'm in!! I am going to start pouring over fabric sites .... and yet, invariably, I will be jealous of everyone else's fabric once we start. I can't wait! Thanks for hosting this quilt a long.

RWL said...

*clapping and jumping up and down* wwheee! fun! (and now i'm home at my mom's and am totally going to raid her stash...hehe!)

~melissa p. said...

okay, I forgot to ask... what is WOF? I'm new to quilting and some of the terms. Thanks for helping me out.

smoothiejuice's hectichousehold said...

ok i think i'm in, will start pulling fabrics as this is my stash reduction year. gotta go finish that pinwheel one this weekend! yikes.

~melissa p. said...

My brain is not working this morning...i think i forgot to hit post for my first comment and it never posted..who knew...here goes again. I'm in. Another quilt along I should not be in...don't tell my husband :O. Will this be easy enough for a beginner? I have already joined the flickr group and can't wait to get started.. i have a At Water's Edge jelly roll, now I have to get my layer cake and yardage. Off to shop.

Megan said...

Sign me up! I made a hexagon quilt like this back in the fall, and it was lots o' fun. I'd love to make another one!

Melody said...

Count me in. Sounds like fun. I am going to choose my fabric from my stash. Is there a special ruler we will be using?

Tracey J said...

Yea! Thanks Julie!

Question:

Are there large focal areas of the blocks, or are small scale prints better? (I'm totally using this to justify shopping)

Angela Walters said...

I want to do it too. Sounds like fun!!!

craft-crazed said...

do I have to join the flicker group to join in?

mascanlon said...

Oh no, I totally should not be in but I am! Now to decide, Plume or Whimsey or Fresh Cotton or maybe Fruitcake (that would get a Christmas gift done too but its not available yet..sigh). None of which I have so of course its off to shop. Thanks Julie.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I'm in! Can't decide on fabrics yet. I'll make that decision later :)

Ann said...

Jelly roll and layer cake of same fabric line is best? For someone without much of a stash and no idea how these get used. Could solids work for FQs? Have not done my pinwheels yet but maybe I will skip to this.

Sinta Renee said...

I love hexigon quilts. I want to play too.. so count me in the group!

Beth said...

There's a line I want to use that doesn't have a Jelly Roll. Any guesses how much I'll need? The fat quarter set comes with 21 fat quarters. I'll need 8 for the "layer cake" portion. Will 13 fat quarters equal what I would get from a jelly roll?

Here is it...too cute!!

http://bit.ly/bOEg06

Prissy said...

I signed up a week or so ago!

moramargaritaster said...

Sound fun.Please,count with me,I want to play too.
Thanks and have anice weekeknd.
moramargaritaster@gmail.com

Debbie said...

I can't wait to try this! I don't have a stash that matches anything, so I'm going with the Nicey Jane in the blue/green colorway I think :) I just love your blog! I follow on FB and get really excited when you post, thanks for being an inspiration.

Deb said...

I know I'm crazy, I haven't finished my pinwheels from the quilt-a-long yet, but I really want to do this.

Mary said...

Sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing the supplies list - I've been wondering! Now I just need to figure out what I want to use :-)

Candi said...

I'm so in! I think I know what I'm going to use, but i'll probably change it 3 times before we start ;)

D-Carlton said...

I'm in! I love hexagons! Will probably use Arcadia or Neptune because I have hoarded so much of that fabric. I also just made your "play" quilt using "blush" love it. Thanks so much!!

Trisha said...

I haven't done an Old Red Barn quilt along since the original but this one is really tempting me. I just happen to have a Simple Abundance jelly roll and layer cake. Hmmm....

Natalie said...

Hi, Thanks for hosting this, I absolutely love hexagons. I would love to join in. A great excuse to do some fabric shopping! Thank you so much. Natalie - Valley Farm W.A.

Ann said...

Hey Julie - I am in and I have signed up on the Flickr group as well. I have been saving a Neptune jelly roll and layer cake just for this quilt. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

amylouwho said...

ah. another quilt along I want to do but can't! Darn it. I'll be following along anway!

Jeannette said...

Yep, Yep...I'm in! I am very excited to try this! Thanks for hosting this quilt-along.

a.niza said...

This is going to be really fun! Thanks a lot!!!

Denise :) said...

Okay, question: are there special quilting tools or templates you use with a hexagon quilt?! I'm in! :)

Jessica Christensen said...

I'm pretty sure I signed up over in the flickr pool already, but that was weeks ago, and I can't remember that far back. Too lazy to go check all the comments for mine. I'm in. Can't wait!

Micki said...

Your hexagon projects are beautiful!
Micki

KarrieLyne said...

Umm...I have to think about this one for a bit. Hahahah..just kidding! You already know I'm totally in! Now to figure out what fabric to use! :)

Heather said...

you know i'm ready!! i have my momo wonderland layer cake and jelly roll ready ;)

xo, Heather

wishes, true and kind said...

This is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to get started!

Meg said...

I just can't say no to something this cool! Now, to use my Cotton Blossoms JR and LC, or my Crazy 8... Decisions, decisions!

SheilaC said...

Is this good for beginners?? I have never made a hexagon before!

Think I may have some fabric for this though :)

SHeilaC

Kari said...

I may be one of the last quilters with a blog to have joined flickr- but I finally did. I thought it would be too complicated! I was wrong-silly me thinking too much again.
So I'm in and now I joined Dana's flickr thingy so I can do this marvelous Hexagon quilt with you.
Thanks doll!

grendelskin said...

Thanks for the FAQ update! Still haven't selected my fabrics but have loads to do before we start (finish wonky, finish pinwheels, plus those two QFKs....)

KarrieLyne said...

Julie, I think you need another ruler. What do you think? *giggles* :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I left a photo on flickr of a quilt I have already started and am anxious to be part of this quilt along.

Tricia said...

Can't wait! Finally an excuse to use the ruler Hubby got me for Christmas! I ordered Hunky Dory from fabric.com for a steal.

OrangeRoom said...

This sounds like so much fun. Seriously tempted, I'm thinking about it....

Heather said...

I want to do this, so sign me up! It will be so awesome :D

Trillium said...

Consider me in!! When do we start?? I'm ready to go :)

Debbie said...

Julie, I am so glad you are finally using that "Nest" fabric you bought from me in Long Beach. (July 2009 - almost a year ago) I can't wait to see what you do with it. You are such an inspiration! Hope to see you in Long Beach in a couple of months. Debbie/Elkhorn Quilt Company

susan said...

ok i am going to try this! we have some lovely jelly rolls at the shop i work at and havent had a reason to buy one yet, can you believe it??? thanks for doing this

Teresa said...

AWESOME! I am geeked! I bought that triangle ruler for no particular reason last year! It must be fate! Now I MUST go fabric shopping. Darn ;)

Zeynep said...

I am really excited about this quilt. I always wanted to learn how to make hexagons. I have a question though. Where does the contrasting fabric go? I couldn't picture it from your Neptune pillow. I have Neptune jelly roll, if I can find a layer cake, that will be my fabric choice. Thanks for leading this quit along.

Diane said...

I'm in - I will be checking back to get my directions.

ladybug quilting said...

Ok,You talked me into it!
It wasn't that hard really :)
Can't wait to get started.

Christine said...

Well, I think that this will be one that I join in as well. Yikes, I better get some good sewing time in to finish up some other stuff on the go!! Oh this is exciting, hexagon quilts fascinate me! Thank you for doing this :)

Meghan said...

Just got Glam Gardens jelly roll and layer cake from Burgundy Buttons. So excited for this project!

holly k said...

I'd like to join in!! Sounds like fun!

Christine said...

Just curious about how many 2.5 WOF strips do we need?? I have a collection I would like to use, but not sure how many of each print to cut. If you could let me know that would be fantastic!!

Thank you so much!

Paula Lynn said...

What will be the finished size of the quilt?

Duff said...

a quick question--you state the 60 degree double-strip ruler by creative grids but link to the 45 degree at IHAN. I almost bought the wrong one!

wicked2 said...

ok, you talked me into it! can't wait to get started - just need to choose which fabric from my little stash to use!

Patty S. said...

I'm in!!!!!

Denise :) said...

This may sound like a really silly question, but I can't find an easy answer and you were the logical person to ask. Is there a place online that I can look at the Moda collections and see what different prints are included in a package? I like the idea of a simple jelly roll and layer cake purchase and having the fabric shopping completed, but I want to love *all* the fabrics included (I mean, for the most part--I'm realistic!), but I'm having trouble finding someplace, anyplace, that shows them all! Any suggestions? Thank you! :)

kimmie's quilt's said...

this sounds like a blast count me in!

Sewlmate Sister said...

Hi Julie, I'd like to follow along, gotta keep up with my new quilting buddy!
Ruth

Paula Lynn said...

I'm in too. This is my first quilt-a-long!

--Paula Lynn

Peggy Somers said...

I am excited. Relatively new to quilting. But I am up for the challenge. Sign me up.

Jeannie said...

I forgot to post I'm in. Got to check my rulers :)

sleepyowlstudio said...

I'm in, and so excited about it. I've been quilting for several years, but never a quilt-a-long. Still debating fabric (might be a good time for a stash challenge), but that's part of the fun.

Sandie

PenglipurLara said...

A friend who is participating showed me this post! I would like to participate...but I am a bit slow...so please bear with me if I ask a lot of questions along the QAL
he he he

Lee-Na

Stef said...

I'm in! And very excited!!

Meghan said...

Julie, I'm curious to know what you're using for your contrasting solid. I'm trying to decide what color I want, but maybe I should just wait for the instructions to see what we're doing with it...

lari smiles said...

I have a jelly roll of Kona Brights (solids) and a Bali Pops pack. Will either solids or batiks work for this quilt or shall i (heaven forbid!) go shopping for more fabric?

jane said...

I'm in. But I'm playing with my fat quarter stash. I cut a 5 in. strip, sew 1/4" on either side of center, cut down the middle and end up with two strips able to make 8 triangles.

Sarah said...

this sounds awesome! I'm in! I will use my 2-1/2 strips from our strip swap at quilt guild! Fun, Fun!

Cathy said...

I love this idea! I have just started quilting and will be making a baby quilt. thanks for the lovely pics and instructions. Looking forward to the next step!

Pat said...

I love this idea! Your original is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us...I'm in :)

Emily said...

I am pretty sure my LQS still has Neptune Layer Cakes. I'd be glad to purchase and ship for anyone who has their heart set on this one!