I’m working on my 52nd Hexagon Quilt. This one is cut from Alexander Henry’s fabric “Frida’s Garden” for Frida Kahlo, a Mexican Artist born July 6, 1907, died July 13, 1954. Below is one repeat of the fabric.
Fabric cut into equilateral triangles.
I decided to incorporate cubes into this hexagon quilt. You choose 3 colors for your cubes. A light, intermediate and a dark fabric. I chose these three colors taken from the block fabric.
We make two kinds of triangles, striped and V triangles. For the striped triangles sew the strips into 6 sets of 3 fabrics each. Cut 14 strips of each shade – light, intermediate, and dark. All the strips are 1 ½” x the width of the fabric. Press all seams open! (Confession, I forgot and pressed to the side the side, I had to go back and press my seams open).
Striped Triangles – Sew the strips into 6 sets of 3 fabrics each as follows:
Light – dark – light
Light – intermediate – light
Intermediate – light – intermediate
Intermediate – dark – intermediate
Dark – light – dark
Dark – intermediate – dark
Using a Clearview Triangle ruler, align the 3 ¾” line of the ruler along the bottom edge of the light-dark-light assembled strip, and cut along both sides.
Note: the point is missing on the cut triangle. This is not a mistake. That missing point
will be absorbed in the seam
To cut the second triangle, flip the fabric over and cut from the wrong Side again using the 3 ¾: line.
V Triangles: Sew 4 of each value of the remaining strips together in pairs as follows:
Light – intermediate
Intermediate – light
Light – dark
Dark – light
Intermediate – dark
Dark – intermediate
You will have 6 strip sets – 2 each of 3 color combinations. Press seams open.
Align the 2 ¾” line on the Clearview rule along the bottom edge of the assembled strip, and cut along both sides. Note again that the point is missing.
Flip to the wrong side and continue cutting as before. The 2nd triangle is a reverse of the 1st one cut, no problem, we will need both.
From the 4 remaining strips of each color, cut 3 ¾” trapezoids using the Clearview Triangle ruler
Sew a trapezoid to every 2 ¾” triangle, matching the color of the trapezoid to create a V triangle.
You can quickly chain sew triangles to trapezoids.
From the Striped Triangles, V Triangles and trapezoids you can make these five different cubes:
I placed Frida’s Garden on the design wall. When I had a design I was satisfied with I started to play with the cubes. I simply replaced hexagons with cubes.
This is part one. I want to use some machine embroidery and broderie perse in the borders. First I need to sew blocks into rows and then join the rows so I can audition my ideas.
This is just wonderful! I’m trying the 3Ds now.
Grrateful for sharing this
With the Frida fabric, what size do you cut your triangles to match the strip set illusion blocks?
Julie, I flowed the instructions in Maxine Rosenthal’s 3rd book One Block Wonders Cubed. My hexagons were cut from 3 /3
Oops i hit send. My strips were 3 3/4” for 6” finished hexagons.