Share a Past Project Thursday: Hex quiltSeptember 28, 2006 at 4:48 pm | Posted in games, Quilting | 2 Comments
I made this quilt a couple of birthdays ago for our friend Brad who is a big-time gamer. Board games, video games, role-playing games: you name it, he plays it. For this project, I narrowed the content down to two games that are played by laying down hexagonal tiles to create a playing surface. That’s seriously about all I know about How to Play. I’m not sure whether my playing pieces are placed or spaced correctly, but I like the way it turned out.
When it came to design and construction, I just made it up as I went along; you just can’t find quilt patterns for tile-laying games on eBay. The hexagons are cut from fabrics that suggest different terrain: ice, mountains, grasslands, plains, river, ocean, desert, and forest. Lots of inset seams to sew, but they weren’t as hard as I thought. The practice served me well when I learned how to make patchwork puzzle balls. I printed the game pieces on Miracle Fabric Sheets (fabric pretreated with Bubble Jet Set), then used double-sided fusible interfacing to iron them on. I didn’t know how to bind a quilt correctly yet; the corners aren’t even mitered. That being the case, I certainly wasn’t up to binding around hexagons on the edge, so I just hacked ’em off straight.