It helps if you have an idea of what you want to make. In Chop's Pick I knew exactly what I wanted to make - a quilt of diamonds surrounded by a striped border to create the effect of a Persian carpet. And I stuck to that plan.
Chops (he was a really great cat!)
This is what happens when you use a design floor instead of a design wall
What the Hexagon. by Barbara C, 2011
Most of my hexagon quilts do not have much of a plan. In one quilt I drew inspiration from a fabric. I really love the print fabric I used to make Flora and Fauna and I thought it would be great for fussy cutting diamonds. And I did just that. Once I had a stack of them and arranged them on the "design floor" the design plan gradually evolved into a quilt I called Mom's Flower Beds. I haven't shared the quilt with you yet but will do so in the future.
I am currently working on a quilt that is made up of hexagons and stars that are appliqued. The inspiration is an 18th century folk art quilt that was displayed at the 2010 Chicago Quilt Festival.
I love the muddy colours in this one but had seen some variations of this quilt made by others and they used bright colours. I decided to go the bright route and fussy cut fabrics to make the stars and hexagons so mine will be made of bright colours.
The outer corners of the folk art quilt are pieced blocks but I decided I wanted to repeat the flower baskets.
Other quilts start with no plan in mind. I just make a hexagon block from fabrics I like and work out from there. This one is a work in progress. I love the fabric in the centre. I used my foundation pieced hexagon method to make the star and then started adding to it.
There are loads of antique quilts and modern quilts to inspire. Have you dropped by The Great Hexagon Quilt-Along, a blog dedicated to hexagon projects? If not you should! Google "hexagon quilts" and you'll find all sorts of delightful images to tickle your fancy and give you ideas.
Get yourself some design sheets (you can download them for free at www.PaperPieces.com) and pencil crayons and start doodling and drawing and colouring. You might just come up with something fun and interesting!
Or just make one REALLY spectacular hexagon piece and applique it to a lovely square of fabric; it can become the feature of a medallion quilt. Add several rounds of borders and you are done!
Until I post again, happy sewing!