Yesterday, while perusing the internet, I stumbled across an interesting block called “Hexagon Puzzle.” The links from the images were broken, however, and it wasn’t until today that I found a good link with a picture. At first, I was lost as to how the quilter made the block look like folded overlapping diamonds. Then I realized the center was kites!
Remember me happy dancing about the new Inklingo Rose Star collection a couple of weeks (months?!) ago? Well, here’s another amazing use for that collection. I recieved some puzzled comments when I first posted about these kites. I’m not talking about using Inklingo to make flying objects, but refering to the shape you get when you divide a hexagon into sixths through the center of each side.
These little shapes are a TON of fun. If you search “Rose Star” quilts, you’ll find all sorts of lovely quilts with these kites as the focus of the design.
Or, you can pair them with triangles and get this:
So cool! In the link above, this design was used as an allover pattern, with hexagons in between the star units. I’m going to work them into my massive hexagon quilt a little bit differently. More on that later.
Here’s how it looks with before piecing:
I love how easy this is. The kite center goes together quickly, and if you’re hand piecing, you can sew the triangles around in one continuous seam. There’s no y-seams at this point, so you could also make the stars by machine. My machine, however, is holding tenaciously to a finicky tension for the Tumbling Snowflake quilt, so I’m not touching those settings for a little project like this.
If you’re interested in doing this with Inklingo, I used the 18″ Rose Star collection for the kites and the 3″ 60 degree diamond for the triangles. You would also need the 3″ hexagon collection for the setting between the stars.
In other news, I’m really excited to be a part of the Glorious Autumn Block party starting in a couple of weeks with the Quilting Gallery. You can click on the button at the top right for more information. 45 designers (including me!) will be posting block designs with the Quilting Gallery throughout September, October, and November. There will also be featured deals with lots of fabulous online shops. Stay tuned for more information on that one, my block will be up on November 7th.