My Mom sewed this amazing English Paper Pieced Hexagon Quilt and I just had to share it since she doesn’t blog or use Instagram. I watched her piece together different patches of hexies over different visits, saw the quilt top finished, and then finally the complete quilt after she sent it away to be professionally quilted. I think the scrappy quilt border was such a creative touch, I hadn’t seen anything like it before, so I wanted to make sure everyone else could be inspired by it online!
She asked me for a few scraps when I’d be working on a project; the green and orange pieces are also from the modern baby quilt she sewed my daughter. I can’t remember what I used that whale fabric on, but it is from my stash as well.
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She calls this an “I Spy” English Paper Pieced Hexagon quilt because all the little hexies have something different to look for with her grandkids. I asked her how many hexies she’d used to make the quilt but neither she nor I felt like counting them up. My kids had so much fun spotting different flowers, animals, counting colors, calling out shapes. They’ve outgrown the handmade toddler activity mat I sewed for them a long time ago, so this was perfect!
Isn’t the mix of colors so vibrant? I think the blend of florals, geometrics, and other patterns is so fresh and fun. She used 1.5″ hexies and says it took her about a year to make.
If you’re not familiar with english paper piecing, or EPP, you can see a picture tutorial for EPP here. Basically you fold the fabric around a paper template and hand stitch it in place, then stitch them together. So it’s hard to imagine how long this took, but countless hours!
She backed it with a cheery yellow polka dot and plain blue binding that matches the thinner solid border. Isn’t it beautiful?