Here it is….Highway 10 Designs fourth pattern and we are calling it Lug Nuts! The PDF version is now in our Etsy shop and we hope to have the paper version within the month. Lori and I decided to use the Little Black Dress 2 fabric collection for this one, I had shown this in a teaser post a few week ago. We chose 3 ivory, 3 grey and 3 black fabrics for our quilt but you could choose any 9 fabric, 3 color combination you want.
Here is our cover and it took me a long time to get the right shot as it has been so cold and windy! I had to go chasing the quilt a few times too! Also trying to lay a quilt out in the snow and not mess up the snow or get snow all over the quilt was another challenge. But I got it! :)
These are super-sized hexagons, the quilt finishes 82” by 88” and the hexagon measures 20” across and 18” top to bottom. We though we would jump on the hexagon band wagon and give it a try. We came up with a way of making hexagons without any Y seams and uses simple construction techniques.
The only special tool you will need for this pattern is a 60 degree triangle ruler that is a minimum of 10”. We used the Clearview Triangle Ruler but any brand this size should work. I bet a lot of you have this type of ruler already and probably still in the original packaging! Time to dust it off and give it a go! :)
Lori came up with the idea to piece the backing with the leftover blocks and it adds to the modern feel. I don’t usually like to piece my backing but have to admit I really like how this turned out and didn’t mind the extra work as it was my turn to make our sample ! Look at that, she might have just converted me! Maybe I’ll make more of an effort to add interesting elements to my backing from now on!
I quilted it using the Fascination pantograph, a light beige So Fine thread and Dream Blend batting. It took some time to decide on the panto and since the scale of the hexagon are so large that helped in the final decision. I chose Fascination because it is the largest scale panto I have and the simple swirls add a subtle texture.
You can see how large the hexagons are against the fence boards. This quilt took me three days to piece and quilt, then two more days to bind so not a hard project if you have some quilting experience. We also included detailed instructions and diagrams in our pattern on how to bind an irregular edge.here. She made a cute table runner using this pattern in beautiful blue batiks. You’ll see it done in a different color combination and with beautiful custom quilting.