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A New Scrap Quilt using two and a half inch Strips

Hiya!  Have you missed me?  I’ve been in a real funk for the last few months and not coping well with things. 

Between my father dying, working with my two sisters to sort out his terrible affairs and a misunderstanding with someone I love to the moon and back, it’s been, well, dark.

Sew, time to go to my “happy place”, my sewing room.  I have a box full of 2 1/2 in squares.  Sewing them mindlessly  into pairs of light and dark is very therapeutic. 

But then, what do you do with them  A quilt of just light and dark squares doesn’t excite me very much. 

4 patch

I needed some half-square triangles that finished at either 4 1/2 or 2 1/2 inches.  I have a box of 2 1/2 inch strips and decided to experiment by sewing a light and a dark strip together length-ways along both long edges then cutting the strip diagonally to form finished squares.  It worked well enough but the finished squares were too big.

What I ended up doing is placing two 2/1/2 inch strips with right sides together and cutting matching triangles with my “Easy Angle Ruler”, then sewing them together along the diagonal seam.  When opened out the square measures exactly 2 1/2 inches.  I decided to do these in dark blue and light.first cutcut 22 2/1 inch squaresThen I sewed 2 of these together to form a kind of flying goose.  I made sure that each half was a different shade of blue.  The diagonal seam was a bit touchy, but I found that if I didn’t trim off the points, and sewed slowly with a sharp needle in my machine it worked pretty well.  I trimmed the points after this seam.


mock flying goose

OK, now what.  I sewed one of these onto opposite ends of a 4-patch.  Not bad, I’m starting to like this.

Then, to finish the block, I sewed a dark 2 1/2 inch square to both ends of 2 other flying geese and sewed them along the 2 remaining long edges.  I avoided using blue fabric for the corner blocks.  Here are two sewn together.

2 blocks

These blocks finish at 8 inches, so I need at least 144 of them.  I have about 40 done, and will spend more of this Easter weekend making more.

I drew the finished quilt out in EQ7 and this is how it will look when it’s finished.

two and a half inch

What do you think?  Would you like more details on cutting the triangles with the ruler?

I hope you have a Happy Easter.

Quilt as you go Hexagon Hot Pad

This is a great scrapbuster!  I used scraps of Christmas fabrics, and my next one will be in reds and pinks for Valentines.

Quilt as you go Hexagon Hot Mat
15″ square of a busy print for background fabric.
12″ square of ” Insulbrite”
12″ square of quilt batting
5″ square for centre block
6 strips of cotton fabric, 2″ x 4″
6 strips of cotton fabric 2″ x 6″
4″ piece of ribbon for a hanging loop
sewing thread to match
invisible thread for bobbin

Layer the background with wrong side up, quilt batting, then the
“Insulbrite”  with shiny side up. Pin through the corners to hold
it all together. Draw an ” X” from corner to corner.

Cut the center block intstart with hexagono a 5″ hexagon and center in on the “X” with right side up.  For my tutorial on how to draw the hexagon, please click here.

The lines are faint, but visible from corner to corner.



Take one of the 4″ strips and with right sides together, place
one long edge ehalf sewn first stripven with one side of the hexagon. Using 1/4″
seam, sew from the middle of the hexie to the end of the hexie.  Don’t sew beyond the end of the hexie.   You’re leaving the first half of the strip unsewn. We’ll deal with it later.

Open out the strip so right side is up and finger press it.

placement for second stripsecond strip placementUse a straight edge and draw a line across the opened out strip that continues the edge of the hexie.  With right sides together, lay the next strip along that line and thesewn and topstitched edge of the hexie, then sew it into place.

Flip it so the right side is up and finger press, THEN topstitch 1/8″ from the seam line. Continue adding strips and top stitching until 5 strips have been added. Before adding the 6th strip, fold the first strip out of the way. Sew and top stitch the 6th strip, then put strip 1 back into position and top stitch it into place.

first round topstitchedsew last strip


The second row is done pretty well the same way using the 6 inch long strips. Begin by sewing the half strip as before, BUT, again, don’t sew beyond the edge of the hexagon.  Finish strip 6 like before, by
pulling the first strip out of the way before sewing and top-stitching strip 6, then top-stitching strip 1.

Pull the batrimmed topcking fabric out of the way, then trim the front, “Insulbrite” and batting to the hexagon shape following the edge of the 6 inch strips.  Be careful not to cut the back fabric!

Use a rotary cutter to trim the trimmed backbacking 1 inch larger than the hexagon all the way around. Press the raw edge in by half, then press the fold over the edge of the hexagon to form a self- bound edge.self binding pinned
Top stitch close to the fold to finish, mitering the corners.
Fold the piece of ribbon in half and slip the raw ends under one corner of the binding before completing the finish.



If you want to print this tutorial, please click for a pdf. Quilt as you go Hexagon Hot Mat-1

If it doesn’t make sense, please email me at and I’ll help.