Hello Honey Quilt

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This is the second quilt I’ve ever made (I think the first quilt I ever made has now been claimed by the closet monsters…we can’t find it).

As a knitter, one of the projects that I have been working on for the past 3 years is this hexagon Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits.

Each hexagon takes me about an HOUR to knit. Sometimes longer if I’m watching a really good TV show.  I knitted 60 of these babies and then got tired of knitting the same darn thing over and over again.

This fabric version came together much faster! I inserted a couple of knitted hexagons too. 

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The “hello honey.” and the cute little bee were cut out from my Silhouette Cameo machine. However, you don’t need a Silhouette Cameo to make this quilt. (By the way, here’s a series of video tutorials on using the Silhouette Cameo for quilting).

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If you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo,  you can still make this quilt. The bee image is from Silhouette’s online store for $0.99. See below for more details on how to use the Silhouette image as an outline to copy for applique.

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Hello Honey Quilt Pattern

The bee and “hello honey!” were applied with fusible web and then hand-stitched down. The hexagons were hand stitched together with English Paper Piecing technique and then machine stitched down onto the quilt.

Quilt size: 40″x60″
This is a perfect lap quilt size! No seaming down the middle as we’re using the width of fabric.

Materials

For the quilt

40″x60″ Front fabric (1-3/4 yards)
44″x64″ Backing fabric (just a touch over 1-3/4 yards, I like to get 2 yards and use the rest for scraps or for the hexagon applique)
44″x64″ Batting of your choice
1/3 yard Binding fabric

For the applique

Freezer paper
heavy starch
Heat ‘n Bond or other fusible for sewing (for the bee & hello honey!)
embroidery thread & needle
Silhouette Cameo (optional)

HEXAGONS: Assortment of fabric scraps to make the hexagons (each hexagon will require 3″x3″ piece of fabric), 41 hexagons

BEE: 6″x6″ yellow cotton fabric
4″x4″ black cotton fabric

hello honey!:
12″x12″ fabric (tight weave fabric like batik work really well)

FOR THE HEXAGONS:

1. Print out the hexagon size of your choice on freezer paper (ink jet only): here’s a free PDF from Love Patchwork & Quilting. I used the 1.5″ size (each side of hexagon is 1.5″) Cut out the hexagons.

2. Iron on the hexagons to your fabric, leaving  thumb’s width space between each hexagon for seam allowance. Cut out each hexagon with 1/4″ seam allowance.

3. Time to English paper piece! There are so several methods to EPP hexagons – just use your favorite method. I like to baste with thread. The glue thing just is too messy for me while I’m sitting on the couch watching TV and eating popcorn with chopsticks (so that I don’t get my fabric all greasy).

For the top of quilt: 4 hexagons, staggered side by side

For the main hexagon section, here are the row counts:

ROW 1: 8 hexagons
ROW 2: 9 hexagons
ROW 3: 9 hexagons
ROW 4: 9 hexagons
ROW 5: 6 hexagons

(refer to the photos above in the blog post for how I staggered and placed the hexagons)

Of course, you’re welcome to replace any of the fabric hexagons with knitted ones! I’ll have to update with knitting hexagon instructions at another time.

FOR THE BEE:

1. Prepare the fabric: Iron the fabric with heavy starch. Iron on the Heat ‘n Bond to the wrong sides of the yellow fabric and the black fabric.

2. Cut out image: Download the image and use your Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shape of the bee and the its black stripes.

The bee image is from Silhouette’s online store for $0.99.
Link: Echo Park Bee

3.  Fuse the black stripes to the bee with iron. Then fuse the bee image to the quilt. With the embroidery thread (I used 2 strands of the embroidery thread) and needle, stitch around the bee to secure. Make sure your thread goes through the black stripes as well. You can also just machine stitch all around the bee if you want, but the little skinny feet might be tricky to maneuver with anything other than a small straight stitch.

If you do not have a Silhouette Cameo:
- Purchase the Echo Park Bee image. It’s only $0.99!
- Silhouette doesn’t allow you to “save as” image, BUT you can Pin the bee image to your Pinterest board. From there, you can “save as” to your computer.
- Use your favorite graphics or photo software to stretch out the bee to desired size. Print out and then use a light box to trace onto freezer paper. Remember to trace out the black stripes separately.
- Iron on freezer paper to the FRONT of the fabric. Cut out with NO seam allowance.
- Peel away paper backing of Heat ‘n Bond. Fuse to your main quilt fabric. Sew around with embroidery thread to secure.

FOR THE hello honey!:

1. Prepare the fabric: Iron the fabric with heavy starch. Iron on the fusible on the wrong side.

2. Download the font if you don’t already have one you like. I got my font free from dafont.com – tons of fonts to choose from!

I can’t remember exactly which font I used (I have a gazillion installed on my computer) but here are some favorites:

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 4.46.58 PMLakesight font

wolf in the city Wolf in the City font

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 4.55.31 PM Lighthouse font

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 4.59.48 PMCheddar Jack font

Basically, you need a font that’s bold, strong and with thick lines or it won’t cut out correctly on fabric. If this is your first time cutting script letters on fabric, Lakesight font is your best bet.

3. Use your Silhouette to cut out the “hello honey!” with the font of your choice. Make sure the letters are 3″ tall so that they will cut out on fabric easily.

4. Place and iron on the “hello honey” onto your quilt. Use embroidery thread (2 strands) and needle to outline and secure the words.

If you do not have a Silhouette Cameo:
-  Prepare your fabric with heavy starch and Heat ‘n Bond
-  In your graphics or word processor program (or even in Google docs), type out “hello honey!” Make the font big! The letters should be 3″ tall. Print out on paper
- Use light box or window to trace onto freezer paper
- Iron on freezer paper to FRONT of your fabric, cut out the words with NO seam allowance.
- Peel away paper backing of Heat ‘n Bond. Fuse to your main quilt fabric. Sew around with embroidery thread to secure.

FINISH THE QUILT

1. Machine stitch with a zig zag or blanket stitch the 4 hexagons at top left of quilt. Do the same for the big hexagon patch on right side.

2. Create your quilt sandwich with batting and backing.

3. How you want to quilt it is up to you! I actually made this quilt before I knew how to quilt – so I didn’t quilt it :-) One day I’ll go back and quilt the darn thing!

This is such a cute bee pantograph:

Busy-Bee-quilting-pantograph-pattern-Lorien-Quilting Busy Bee Pantograph $18.50

4. Trim and square up the quilt.

5. From your binding fabric, cut out 2″ strips. Attach binding to quilt.

One comment

  1. Monica Eggleton says:

    Hi Jaden, Can you post and/or send me the pattern for knitting a hexagon? Or send me three, any color. I have not knitted in years, but I like the idea and the effect of having different textures in the pattern. Just let me know what works best for you. Thanks for sharing, Monica

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