Our first Featured Quilt in the Week of Shapes is a quilt featuring both triangles and hexagons aptly named Hexagons by Kati Spencer. Kati has only been quilting for two years. This first image of the quilt is actually the back of the quilt. Can you believe she made this back out of the leftover triangles from the 6.5″ hexagons that were cut for the front? Read on as she tells us a bit more about designing and creating this 58″ x 70″ beauty.
Question: What was your inspiration for this quilt?
Kati: When I started this quilt, I simply wanted to learn a new skill. I saw a video tutorial on machine-piecing hexagons and decided I had to try it. After cutting out all the hexagons, I was left with stacks of small triangles. While working on the front, I was designing the back in my head. I wanted to use the triangle scraps, emphasizing that shape while echoing the hexagons from the front. Rather than beginning with solid plan, I simply started sewing triangles together and the resulting design eventually took shape. My inspiration for this quilt came from all the great projects that were popping up on blogs and flickr made from hexagons, triangles or a combination of the two.
Question: What is your favorite part of this quilt?
Kati: I have lots of favorite things about this quilt. I love the colors. Orange and blue is my favorite color combo. I love the uneven sides of the quilt, even though they were a pain to bind. I also love the back more than the front. I love that the design on the back can look like a 3-D cube depending on your perspective. That wasn’t intentional at all. My husband noticed it once the whole quilt was completed.
Question: What did you learn making this quilt?
Kati: I really enjoyed making this quilt. I love trying new techniques. I learned, especially with this quilt, that new techniques don’t need to be intimidating or scary. I learned it’s worth it to try new things. Machine-piecing hexagons wasn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined. I also realized that very frequently I like the backs of my quilts more than the front. I love designing both sides. It gives me the chance to use more of my ideas. I think the back of the quilt provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with something new and different.