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English Paper Pieced Hexagon Quilt

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Looking for a hexies sewing project? Check out this beautiful english paper pieced quilt top surrounded by a border! This scrappy quilt is bursting with color and will inspire you to hand sew some hexies ASAP! #quilt #hexies #paperpiecing

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?

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Kimberley Anderson

Saturday 19th of August 2023

This is amazing. What size strips did your mum use for the border?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 17th of September 2023

sorry this took me a month to reply, but I did ask her and she measured to check, they are 2.5" :)

Priscilla Cooksey

Sunday 1st of July 2018

Hi Stephanie! What an incredible quilt! I LOVE all of the colors. It is really a work of art. And your mom must be very patient! Did you say that she sewed it all together by hand? WOW! Even if she didn't, I know that that had to take quite a while to finish it... By any chance, is there a purchasable pattern for it? I'd REALLY like to buy it if I could. Please let me know. I also want to make the pet Christmas stockings for my six-month old brother puppies Beezlee and Eli. They've been such a blessing since I lost Chewie. It will be three weeks this coming Tuesday... I hope to speak with you soon.


Sunday 5th of January 2020

Love it!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Hi Priscilla! She did sew all the hexies together by hand, incredible right! No pattern, she just kept making and improvising, sorry :)

Connie K Campbell

Monday 12th of March 2018

What a beautiful quilt! Did your mom hand quilt it also? I think english paper pieced quilts are so neat and I can believe how many hours she spent on it!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

She didn't! She sent it off for quilting and binding :)

Pam@Threading My Way

Saturday 24th of February 2018

I first saw your Mum's quilt when you shared on Instagram. It's great to see larger photos. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what your Mum has made. It's good to see how your Mum finished it with the borders - something I have yet to decide for mine, although, I'm guessing I'll have way longer than a year to think further on it. Kudos to your Mum - layout, colours, design - it all works so well.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I will send her your kind words, Pam!!


Tuesday 20th of February 2018

What size hexies did she use?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

I just added that, good question! 1.5".

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