Surely you have noticed that most appliqué blocks are
square. Don’t get me wrong, squares are great, and I do love them, but other
shapes deserve some love too. One day last year I woke up itching to work on an
appliqué background that was not a square or rectangle! I had been working with
EPP hexies, and so it was a short jump to the idea of appliquéing on hexagonal
The first decision I had to make was how best to design the
appliqué to show off the shape. Hexagons have six sides, so it made sense to break
the block down into six wedges.
Each wedge holds one flower. Appliquéing on a wedge would
lead to stretched edges, so each flower is appliquéd on a rectangle and then
trimmed to the wedge shape. These blocks are surprisingly fast to appliqué, and
the flowers radiate around the block as if they are dancing!
Each flower has a stem, leaves, and the flower itself, and
all of the parts have a purpose. It’s easy to focus on the flowers because they
dominate the block, but the stems are especially important. They pull the
flowers together into a cohesive whole.
Stems are tricky, especially when they repeat in a design.
If stems are too dark or bold, they will be the first thing you see when you
look at the block—and in most cases you don’t want your stems to be the focal point
in a floral block. I used brown-and-white prints for all of my blocks,
fussy-cutting the fabric so that the stems look light and a little bit
The flowers are anchored in the center of each block with
hexagons. The larger green hexagon simulates grass. Each of the smaller
hexagons is a spot of color influenced by the flower colors.
I enjoyed making these blocks so much that I wasn’t done
when I finished the bigger quilt. I decided to make a quilt showcasing just one
block, using solid fabric. I call it
Tequila Sunrise—I must have been thirsty!
Look close and you may notice that this block is not sashed.
The red block background merges with the red fabric around it. The hexagon is
there, but it’s softer. If I make another
Hexie Garden quilt, I will push this
idea a little farther, using the same color for the block backgrounds and
I am already looking forward to seeing the
quilts you make using the
Hexie Garden Quilt pattern! Please do send me
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