Hexagons Made Easy Reversible Hexies
Hexagons Made Easy focuses on two main types of hexagon construction techniques. Both techniques eliminate Y-seams and hand stitching (like English Paper Piecing techniques). I’ve already mentioned the Applique Technique; let me tell you about the second technique.
The idea of reversible shapes came to me after realizing that if we really wanted SUPER quick and EXCEEDING easy quilt projects, maybe we should skip a few steps. Now it will be argued that these projects are not quilts, but rather coverlets. That’s fine. You are right, you got me. They are coverlets. Could you quilt them? Sure. Will you still have a warm blanket gift without quilting it or binding it? Yep.
Fundamentally, you still use the facing technique to finish all the edges of your hexagon or other geometric shape. Instead of slashing through the facing to turn the shape right side out, you simply leave a small opening on a straight edge of the shape. You will not need to hand-stitch that closed. Oh no, simply tuck in the seam allowances, butt the shape up to its neighbor piece and use a decorative machine stitch or zig-zag to close the opening and join the pieces. The book goes into detail about how join the shapes, which threads to pick and which fabrics work best on reversible projects.
Reversible hexagons are also used in a handful of Home Decor designs. Stitched home dec projects are the last chapter of the book.
My favorite quilt project from the Reversible collection of designs has to be this Tilly Coverlet.
This project uses pieced hexagons as the front feature fabrics. It was made using Daisy Janie’s Tilly Fabric fat quarter bundle + white. The back is Northcott flannel fabrics applied in a quite random fashion. The coverlet is just warm enough for South Texas. You absolutely could make any coverlet warmer by simply adding a layer of batting to your hexagon, during the facing step. (This is explained in the book.) The project isn’t quilted and does not require binding, since all the edges are already concealed.
That is my favorite coverlet project, but my favorite Reversible Home Decor project is a toss up between this JOY Banner and the reversible Peek -A-Boo Table Runner. (both shown below)
You can see more quilt projects on the Martingale Press product page.