Scrap Happy Sampler #2 February Block of the Month
Welcome February! Today I’m posting the Scrap Happy Sampler Block of the Month for February. But first, I hope you all enjoyed January’s Lone Star Block of the Month. I know those set in seams can be tricky so you might be happy to have that behind you!
February’s block is all about hexagons and english paper piecing. I think these hexagon flowers are so cute! Perfect for the ‘happy’ sampler!
I think you’ll find this method of piecing to be fun and portable! English paper piecing is a technique of basting fabric over a paper foundation to hold and support the fabric pieces while sewing them together. It’s done entirely by hand so you can give your machine a rest this month and sew ‘old school’.
The pattern calls for 28 hexagons and the templates are included in the pattern for you to print and cut yourself. I cut mine using my silhouette cameo! (check out the Silhouette Valentine promotion)
It’s very important to have your hexagons cut accurate so they piece together perfectly! I’ve cut 3 extra sets of hexagons to GIVE AWAY! If you would like to win a set, leave a comment below just telling me if you have experience with paper piecing or if this is your first time trying it! I will choose 3 random winners February 3rd and get them in the mail right away! (US residents only please)
The hexi-flower pattern will be available for the entire month of February for free. When February ends, I will list the block pattern on Craftsy for a small fee and the March BOM will be free. If you’re behind, no worries… you can find the January Block on Craftsy too!
One of the tools that I used to cut my fabric hexagon pieces is an ‘add a quarter’ ruler. This is an optional tool but we will use it again in another paper piecing BOM coming up this year. It will again be optional but it’s a nice tool to have. If you have one that is ‘add a half’ that will work just fine too! What makes this ruler unique is that there is a little ‘lip’ on the underside of the ruler that rests right up against the paper, giving you an accurate cut. You should be able to find these rulers at your local quilt shop or you can find them here at amazon CM Designs Add-A-Quarter Ruler-6″ Yellow
If you’re following along, you will notice that February’s ‘Block’ is actually 2 half-blocks. Not all months will be an actual ’block’. We will get to placement and design of the quilt top later this year but I think you’ll like the non-traditional look of the completed top! Also, if you’re paying close attention you might notice that my background fabrics are different. I chose to make my background a little scrappy too – using up my white/cream/beige color larger scraps. Anything goes!
This block is also great for fussy cutting fabric if there are words like ‘honey bunch’ or a design in the fabric you want to feature.
It’s also fun for an i spy quilt for the kids – just a thought! I added in a little hello kitty hexagon to my block, a remnant to remind me of my kids when they were smaller. And of course I had to use a valentine fabric scrap of hearts – because it is a February block after all!
Thanks so much for following along! I hope you love February’s Hexi-Flowers and will share your blocks with me on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/groups/scraphappy/