Welcome to the Loverly Quilt-a-Long! This post is part of a series, and you can read all about the series here. Hopefully you have your copy of Adventures in Hexagons, your fabrics chosen, and you’re ready to dive into the fun of cutting fabric!!
As I mentioned in my book, this project can be made in multiple different ways. I’m hand piecing mine with acrylic templates from Marti Michell. However, you can follow the exact same cutting instructions to English paper piece the quilt!! (Hint: save time by purchasing the Loverly paper pack from Paper Pieces!) All of the strip widths in the book yield shapes with a 1/4” seam allowance. If you prefer a little more wiggle room when English paper piecing, cut your strips about 1/8” wider than the dimensions listed in the book.
For the quilt-a-long, I’m making a fall version of the Loverly table runner. Here are all my background strips cut and ready for templates.
Tips for Cutting Patches
I wanted to share a trick for cutting house-half-hexagons with you. These shapes are not specifically included in the acrylic template set, but you can cut them easy-peasy with the hexagon template. First, cut a clean straight edge at the end of your strip, using a regular rotary cutting ruler.
Now you have a good clean edge to align with the left side of the hexagon template. Make sure the point of the hexagon just touches the top of the strip.
Cut the remaining side and the “roof” of the house, and voila! A house-half-hexagon!!
Another tricky shape is the jewel. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to fit correctly on the strip, does it? The strip width in the pattern minimizes your cutting time. First, align the jewel with one long edge of the jewel along one cut side of the strip.
Trim the long edge of the jewel as neatly as possible, and move the strip out of your way.
Next, rotate your cutting mat to cut the remainder of the jewel sides.
Now return that strip to your rotating mat, and line the template up with the long angled cut edge and the edge of the template. Trim remaining sides. Continue alternating the jewel template as needed to efficiently cut shapes from the strip.
Other than those two shapes, the cutting for this project is pretty straightforward. (As you can see here, I still have a bit of that work left to do! Time to make more coffee. . . )
Prep Shapes for Sewing
After you’ve finished cutting, it’s time to prep your shapes! If you’re hand sewing or machine sewing, take a few minutes to mark the dots from the templates on the back of each fabric shape. I do this with a regular, plain ole’ mechanical pencil. I’ve tried the fancy shmancy quilt marking mechanical pencils, and find those leads break way too often. If you’re English paper piecing, baste your fabric to the paper shapes. In my book, I’ve included three different basting methods, so check that out if you need help with the basting.
Tune next week as we get this table runner sewn together!!! (Spoiler alert: next week’s post may include the world premiere of The Caffeinated Quilter youtube channel. There. I said it. Now you’ll hold me accountable to make it happen, right?!)
If you’re quilting along with me, PLEASE share your progress on the Adventures in Hexagons facebook page, and tag your photos on instagram with #loverlyquiltalong #adventuresinhexagons, and tag me @thecaffeinatedquilter. I can’t wait to see your creation!!