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!
I've had these rulers for probably 6-8 years now... and I think this is the first time I've used them. ((shame)) BUT they were the perfect tools for this job.
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.
Its fun to solve a puzzle, though. I do love the process.
*Fabric in my sample by Denyse Schmidt + unbleached muslin