Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hexagon Shamrock

Julia of The Hexie Blog  released her March block and it is as I suspected a shamrock! I had been sorting through my fabrics looking for blue with a hint of green in the print. I couldn't find what I wanted so instead I just went with an ombred blue print and used a shamrock print fabric for the centers of the hexagon flowers. I also wanted to use my foundation pieced English paper piecing (EPP) technique so I added a darker blue to surround the shamrocks. Here is my shamrock block which is made of 1" hexagons.

Notice how the points in the center form a four pointed star. I may fill in that space with an appliqued shamrock fussy cut from the fabric. This is a free block of the month and there's plenty of room for creativity so if you are interested pop on over to The Hexie Blog for a visit. You'll also be able to join the Yahoo group Julia has set up so you can see what others are doing. January was a snowflake and February was a heart. All of my blocks will be made in shades of blue with little pops of colour that reflect the theme of the month. I wonder what she has planned for April!

This is a close-up of one of the lobes of the shamrock and the foundation pieced EPP hexies.

This is the hexagon template I used to make the lobes. Only two pieces of fabric are needed to make this versatile hexagon. My light blue fabric is directional so I had to make sure that my hexagon was placed correctly on the stripes so I drew pencil lines on my hexagons so I was sure to line them up correctly.

I used this same template to make this star in my quilt Loopers in the Sky with Diamonds. It reminds me of a ninja star!

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. LOVE your interpretation of the shamrock !
    and stitching up that way does of course mean the unstitching can be planned, brilliant!

    1. I should also have mentioned that I folded and creased the background fabric on the diagonal, both ways. I placed the lobes on the fabric and pinned with applique pins. The first thing I did was stitch down the edges of the hexagons that made up the little four-pointed star. The rest of the hexagons were stitched down after. I figured that doing it that way would ensure that the little star was just right!

  2. This is fantastic! I love your creativity. Thanks for showing us! I'm just now sewing my block, but it will be just ordinary.

  3. some pretty nifty cutting and piecing there , took a fairly "ordinary " block to a whole other level, still plodding along with my "step 5" just need to finish stitching down 3 sides of the hexies

  4. Love your interpretation of the block, especially the use of the shamrock fabric. Great technique and yes it looks like a Ninja star to me, as well.

  5. Marvellous interpretation of the found a lovely place for your shamrock fabric !

  6. I'm always learning something useful and pretty at your blog, Karen. Thanks so much!

  7. Cute shamrock block. I'll leave those little hexies all to you, though. My big hands can't handle too many small pieces for very long. They sure are cute though.

  8. What a lovely idea for a block, although it is more of a four leaved clover than a shamrock. I do love the idea of using the fussy cut fabric in the center of each leaf. Very cute.