I wanted to make a Double Ring Hexagon Quilt. There is a free pattern here : the Double Ring Hexagon Pattern. But I did not want to use English paper piecing, I wanted to it with my half hexagon quilt Template from Carol’s Quilts. This means no x or y seams. Easy for a beginner like me 🙂
I used a jelly roll and about 4 fat quarters worth of fabric from my stash to make a single bed quilt. (The hexagon template is a width of a jelly roll and I used Carol’s Quilts 2 1/2 inch ruler to cut stripes from my stash) I cut the half hexagons and lay them out as above. Then I sewed them in stripes:
Then I sewed the stripes together. The single half hexagons at top and bottom, I pinned to sew later when I put the double hexagons together. When I sewed the stripes I left about half a hexagon length seam un-sewn so I could join the hexagon double ring strips together more easily.
I wasn’t sure what fabric I was going to use for the light grey above (the fabric that joins between the double hexagons), so I left that selection to the end and didn’t sew it on the strips. If you are using a single fabric go ahead and add it to all your strips. (Feel free to ask questions in the comments if I am not making sense!)
And below is my finished quilt top. It was much, much faster than using the traditional English piecing. I enjoyed making a single double ring in an hour as an evening project. As you can see I used fabric from my stash or left over from the jelly roll to connect the double hexagon rings and it made it look a little scrappy which I like. It would have been lovely with a single fabric as well.
Carol’s Quilt Template includes the additional small pieces that you will need to finish off the edges of the quilt or you can use a rotary cutter and cut off the small triangles off each strip to make a straight edge on the top and bottom of the quilt. There is a helpful tutorial here for sewing the half hexagons together: it took me a few goes to get it right so that the strips had nice straight edges.