My name is Konda Luckau. I have been long arm quilting for many years, and now I am writing pattern books. This started when I fell in love with charm packs a few years ago. I am sure many of you can relate. Most of my patterns are written for charm squares (except you can make your own charm squares out of layer cakes, fat quarters, yardage, or scraps). Check out my books at my website:
I have been thinking about making a hexagon quilt for a while now. These hexagons are large which makes it seem "do"able. I also like how they are pieced differently than other hexagon quilts. I decided to make it larger by making one more round of hexagons. Then the center would be on the lighter side, the next row would be a little darker etc.
First, I split the fat quarters up into two piles, light and dark. That didn't seem to have enough contrast within the piles so I swapped a few of the fat quarters.
In the directions, strips are cut at random widths and are cut at angles. While I like the randomness, I decided to make strip sets so the process would go faster.
I cut strips at 1.5," 2," and 2.5." Each strip set had 2 of the skinniest strip and one of each of the others. Then the strip sets had too much left on the sides for my liking so I sewed the strip sets together to make one long strip set as you can see a little in the next two pictures.
What ended up working well is to cut the two sides of the template as shown.
Then when I turned the template, it matched right up to cut the next shape.
After I had all the templates cut that much, I went back and cut the top two sides.
That's all for now. More to come. I am not loving it right now, but that happens sometimes.