Hello, September! Hello, Hotel Fredericksted! This month I’ll be sharing projects and ideas for Jennifer Paganelli’s newest collection for Free Spirit’s One Fabric Nation program. (Disclosure: Free Spirit provided the pretty fabric–a yard of each sku. I get to share my thoughts and ideas with you.)As soon as I laid the fabric out, I knew what I wanted to do with it. Hexies are still popular (and let’s be honest, for some of us they never go out of style) but I wanted mine to be large with a scrappy feel. I recently acquired Marti Mitchell’s 60 degree Diamond and Triangle ruler. I’ve been using the smaller version from the Strippers template set for some other projects, so I was primed and ready.You can get a half hexagon ruler, but the handy 60 degree Diamond and Triangle gives you both shapes in one ruler. (There’s a trick to the half hexagon which I show you in the pattern pdf.) I cut my triangles and half hexies and started sewing a lap quilt.I added solid side setting triangles to make it easier to bind. Then I loaded it on the quilt frame and quilted it up with Superior Masterpiece thread.Stinka “helped” with the photos. I’m afraid she was so wound up from the lively color, I wasn’t able to get many clear shots. Still, there is nothing like a black cat against Sis Boom fabrics. Especially when the attitude comes through loud and clear.These shots give you an idea of how wonderfully the prints play together for a scrappy feel. Part of that is due to the difference in style between the sku’s. It’s a great mix.But back to this particular quilt…I put together a free pattern for you. You can access it here and on the Freebies page. I don’t want you to panic about those points and seams. I wrote the pattern for rows instead of whole hexie construction with Y seams. Much, much simpler. The rulers cut off the “ears” which means matching up the pieces is easy. And even if your points aren’t perfect, not to worry! There’s so much going on, you won’t notice the imperfections.The throw uses a fat quarter bundle. This collection has 18 differenct sku’s so feel free to substitute with any other fat quarter bundle of the same size or greater. Or dig deep into your stash and put together your own mix.
Hotel Fredericksted ships to stores next month. So start planning now!