100 Days of Hexagons: Blocks 41-50 and Fussy Cutting

In what seems like a blink of an eye, we have now reached the midpoint of this 100 Day Project.  Occasionally I like to add a little something different to my process, and for a few blocks in this set I included some fussy cutting.

Fussy cutting is when you select a specific section of a printed fabric to highlight in the block.  Novelty prints are particularly conducive to this style, but any fabric that has an area you want to feature can be used. For this project, I am tending to use one section of each fabric, but you can also combine multiple fussy cut sections of the same print for an amazing effect.

Since yellow is my featured color for these blocks, either the background or featured portion of the print needed to include a yellow as a significant part of the design.

In this fabric, the yellow sloths are the only yellow in the print, so I tried to minimize the use of the background in the piecing. I also included a print in the surround that incorporated a grey triangle. The grey sloth background becomes less jarring if grey appears elsewhere.  This grey also appears in small amounts in prints throughout the design.

In my initial fabric pull, I went right to my stack of yellow fabrics, but for fussy cutting the search went deeper into my stash. I don’t have a huge collection of novelty prints, and this Cotton and Steel jacks print was one of the first that I pulled out for the fussy cut portion of this project. I like that fussy cutting allows you to distill a multi-color print to a couple of key colors.

I allowed a little more of the cream background to appear in this block since cream and white appear frequently in the overall quilt design.

This flying geese fabric wasn’t in my initial pull of novelty prints, but at some point in my search, the edge of this fabric ended up sticking out a bit from the surrounding fabrics. When I looked up at my stash from my sewing machine, a section of the print with two yellow triangles caught my eye.  I couldn’t wait to include them in my next hexagon.

The flying geese are fairly small in this print, but I was excited to improv piece a couple more flying geese to go with the initial pair.

This floral print is one of the only prints in my collection that has a distinctive print and a yellow background.

The coordinating background color allowed me to cut a larger section of the print to include in the fussy cut section.

I’ll probably be including more fussy cutting a I work through the second half of the hexagon blocks. It is sometimes helpful to break out of my natural piecing tendencies by having a distinct starting point.

Here is the view of the halfway point in the whole project.

I hope you’ll follow along with me as I construct these 100 blocks in 100 days! Here are the previous posts and some of what’s coming up:

Tiny Cottage Garden: Mini #25

After finishing my entry into the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge, I had quite a bit of fabric left so I thought that I would create a mini quilt using some of the extra fabric.  For this mini I used 60  45 degree triangle and 6.5″x24″ rotary cutting ruler, but no specific templates.Tiny Cottage Garden front view

This fabric line has designs in several color ways that seem to lend themselves to fussy cutting, so I wanted to explore this aspect of the fabric in the design.  Two colors of the floral fabric I used in the border had the same color flower center, and I thought it would be fun to piece them together to create a single border print.  The main part of the quilt design focuses on a fussy cut diamond star, and the yo-yos in the center of each diamond are also also fussy cut from the same fabric.Tiny Cottage Garden yo yo detail

For the batting in this quilt I used a piece from a sample pack that Hobbs Batting had given me at a quilt show several months ago.  This batting has a fusible on each side which allows you to iron the top and back into place simultaneously meaning that there is no basting!  I loved not having to baste!  This batting is fairly thin, so it isn’t necessarily perfect for every project, but it worked really well in this application.  I am thinking about getting some more to use for small projects- it was so great to not have to mess with safety pins, and I don’t do sprays (but that’s a conversation for another day!)

I enjoy creating designs that are asymmetrical so the border of this mini only encompasses two sides of the star.  The quilting pattern on the border embraces the garden theme with vines quilted in variegated green thread.Tiny Cottage Garden back view

The quilting on the stars is very simple with only a double row of stitching which echoes the diamond shape.  This allows the Zentangle quilting in the star surround to really shine.  I had never tried this type of design, but now I am in love.  It may be hard to not use this design on absolutely everything!  It was really easy to do using a walking foot, and I didn’t even have to do any marking since this project is so small.  I’m sure if you looked closely enough you would see differences between each area, but it isn’t immediately noticeable.Tiny Cottage Garden quilting detail

For the quilt binding, instead of cutting a true bias strip, I cut on the angle of the pattern instead.  This allowed for the equilateral triangles in the fabric print to line up along the edge of the quilt.Tiny Cottage Garden back detail

Quilt Stats:

Title:  Tiny Cottage Garden

Size: 15.5″ x 15.5″

Techniques:  Machine piecing, fussy cutting, Y-seams

Quilting:  Freemotion leaves; Zentangle and echo quilting using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and RB light blue solid.

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Fusible Cotton Blend

Thread:  Pieced using Gutermann Mara 100 in white, quilted with grey cotton quilting thread, Connecting Threads 50wt Magenta Cotton Essentials, and Wonderfil teal and variegated green 50wt cotton thread.

Binding:  Strips cut following the pattern on the fabric (about a 60 degree angle), machine stitched on the front, hand stitched on the back

What was new?

  • Zentangle Quilting
  • Fussy cut yo-yos
  • Cutting binding on an angle which matches the pattern of the fabric
Quilt 25 / 50

Quilt 25 / 50

Goal #2 is finished!

Goal #2 is finished!