Wednesday, March 13, 2013
WIP Wed: Honeycomb / Hexagon Machine Quilting Tutorial
I'm about a third done quilting my Organic Chemistry Quilt. I decided to do a simple grid all over the quilt, but also wanted to use hexagons on it. After looking all over the Internet for ideas, and pretty much coming up with nothing, I decided to create my own.
One great thing about this quilting design is that just about anyone can do it with a walking foot. All I did is to use the same cereal box template that I used to make the appliqued chemical hexagons, and used a plastic pot scrubber (my makeshift "Hera marker") to trace the outline of the next shape to stitch on.
Hopefully this give you an idea of how I am quilting it. I tried to use chalk marker at first, but the white is almost impossible to see on such a light background, and the few I did in a peach colored chalk didn't easily "erase" with water or a lint roller. I've had colored tailor chalk stain previous quilts, so immediately stopped using it. This "Hera marker" leaves a crease that lasts just long enough to guide my stitches over!
It'll take a while to do this, but I find that I really really like this design. I bet it'd be super easy on a long arm machine too.
Of course now that the design is taking shape, I may not be able to resist free motion quilting inside some of those "empty" hexagons ;-).