I have always wanted to make a hexagon quilt. It is on my bucket list and one day I will make a traditional type one with the smaller English paper pieced hexies that you do in rounds like Grandmother’s Flower garden. Last week Stephanie aka Craftypinkcreates posted a pic on Instagram of a quilt as you go (QAYG) hexie quilt she was starting. Stephanie has made some wonderful hexie quilts over the years. She had tagged Crystal aka Raspberryspool who had done a tutorial on how to do QAYG hexies and was inspiring others to make them. In the past I have made pot holders which were hexie shaped or mini mug rug type mini quilts with hexies but never an actual hexie quilt. QAYG hexies are different to your traditional hexie quilts. In traditional hexies you fold your top fabric over a paper template and tack it down before joining it to another hexie. After you make the entire quilt top you then assemble the quilt in a traditional way and quilt it. With QAYG you make a quilt sandwich of backing fabric, batting and top fabric then fold the backing fabric to the front and stitch it down. To create the quilt you join 2 completed quilt sandwiches together and that is how your quilt grows. In QAYG hexie quilts you tend to use larger size hexies than you would for a traditional english paper pieced quilt but you can do smaller ones. I do have a QAYG bag pattern which uses the larger hexie templates but I have never actually made the bag. I watched the tutorial and the thought “I really want to make one” kept running through my brain. I have all the supplies needed in my stash including a roll of batting but I didn’t really want to cut it up. Silly I know the entire purpose of having the batting in my stash is to use it but I want to make a large quilt first and have enough for that if I ever get around to making a quilt top.
I then had a thought. I have a lot of odd rectangle pieces of polar fleece off cuts from various projects I have made over the years. I could use polar fleece instead of batting in the centre of my hexies. Ok so it isn’t the norm to use polar fleece but there is no law to say I can’t. I have a habit of not following the norm anyway 🙂 I might need to do 2 layers for it to be thick enough but I should have plenty to at least make a lap quilt. It will use up the odd bits in my stash so that is what I am going to do. At this point I haven’t thought of what fabrics I will use for the backs and fronts of the hexies. I might cut out all my polar fleece first to see how many I have then pick fabrics to use. Once I get into my fabrics I will see what I have and then start to play. I like the idea of a dark backing fabric and lighter top fabric but who knows what I will decide. This is a long term quilt that I will do whenever I have the urge to do some hand stitching, it has no deadline so it is a bit of casual fun. Even though I haven’t started it I am actually excited about this because it is a relief to know what I am going to be using my polar fleece scraps for. When we moved I contemplated getting rid of them but I then used them as packing protection around items in boxes. In recent months as they have sat on my shelves and I kept thinking I really should do something with those. Now I have the perfect project.