The Hex Inspiration: Thanks to Yvonne Hollenbeck
In August, the Prairie Quilt Guild hosted Yvonne Hollenbeck as the guest speaker. She is a quilter and Cowboy Poet. Now, I don’t know much about poetry, much less cowboy poetry so I debated whether or not to attend… Man- I’m so glad I did! Her lecture showcases 5 generations of her own family’s quilting, mixed with story/history and very very humorous poems. The whole show was way more than I thought it would be. I loved it. If you get a chance to see her lecture, do not hesitate to do so.
The above picture is one of the amazing quilts from her lecture. When she held up the whole quilt is looked like these little simple 9-patch blocks were dancing around in no discernible order. She commented “You know, this the pattern where the 9-patch is on a hexagon.” That baffled me. (Maybe I’m easily baffled & should come with my own warning label.)
I started off trying to figure out what in the world she meant by 9-patch + hexagon. Ultimately decided I needed the picture to go by. Then I went home and started drawing the next day.
Well. That looks hard. Yeh, after further inspection though- I’m pretty sure this is the pattern (These were the shapes, with different actual measurements). The inspiration quilt was made by hand piecing and hand quilting, of course. I think Y-seams must be easier if you are hand piecing. Either way. What’s a few Y-seams? I’ve got to give it a try!
Now, I needed to collect the basic shapes:
Yep. That looks good. (For reference, the 9-patch block measures 3 1/2″ in the photo above.) Now to dive into the systematic method of which areas to sew first to make the block go together as easily as possible… I laid all the pieces in place first to look like 1 big octogon and just jumped with both feet.
The trickiest part was, by far, realizing the hexagons “share” a 9-patch with the neighboring hexagon. I do think I’ll try to grow the small piece a bit bigger. I mean, right now its only 3 little hexes plus some fabric scraps. Ah, and those Y-seams… I’m sure the size of the quilt will depend largely on how much of the blue Katie Jump Rope floral I have left.
*Fabric in my sample by Denyse Schmidt + unbleached muslin