Happy Hexagons

Hexagons make me happy.  

As a math major (and a major nerd), I find a lot to geek-out about with hexagons.  Did you know that a regular hexagonal grid or honeycomb is the best way to divide a surface into regions of equal area with the least total perimeter?  The efficient design is used by bees, engineers, and quilters alike.

I'm looking forward to sewing with Moda's new pre-cut "Honeycombs" (laser cut 6" hexagons).  Piecing hexagons together is not quite as simple as sewing rectangles or equilateral triangles, but it can be done almost as easily with the right pattern and preparation.

And there is always paper piecing--a relaxing, portable project that you can work on at a coffee shop, on a camping trip, or on your couch.  Add in a few pentagons, and you've got yourself a stuffed soccer ball.

Hexagons also make a pretty awesome wedding cake, if I may say so myself...

Happy (Hexagonal) Stitching!

Check Mate! 2-step Quilt tutorial

Hi Everyone! It's Jera from the studio. This quilt got lots of love at the studio so we decided to post a quick tutorial on it. It's super easy...just two simple steps below. :)

For this quilt I used the Cuzco collection which can be found here. I used one charm pack (pre-cut 5 inch squares), or you can buy four fat quarters and cut your own five inch squares (you can cut 12 five inch squares from one fat quarter). Make something beautiful this weekend. Enjoy!

Materials for a 59"x 42.5" Quilt:
  • 39 pre-cut five inch squares (one charm pack or four fat quarters can be used)
  • 1.5 yards of white fabric (I used muslin)
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • 1.75 yards backing fabric

Step 1 - From your 1.5 yards of white fabric, cut a total of thirty-nine 9.5" x 5" rectangles. To do this, cut ten 5" strips along the length of your yardage, and then sub-cut each strip into 9.5" x 5" rectangles.

Step 2 - Arrange your pre-cut 5" squares and rectangles as shown in the diagram below, with a square and rectangle alternating in each row. To assemble the quilt top, start by sewing the pieces in each row together. Next, sew each row together. (Sew with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4" seam allowance and then press open).

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After you've sewn all the rows, it should look something like this...
Tah-daaahh! Simply beautiful.
I told you it was quick! If you happen to make one, we'd be thrilled if you posted a picture on our new Flickr photo stream. As mentioned before, I used the Cuzco collection but we'd LOVE to see it in some other colorways so grab a charm pack and get sewin'!

Happy Quilting!

Tea Wallet Tutorial

If you haven't noticed, we've gone a little fat quarter crazy at the West Seattle Fabric Co.  Personally, I love fat quarters because of their versatility.  They can be used in everything from quilts to small bags to stuffed animals, to where ever your imagination takes you!  

I thought I'd share with you a pattern for the tea bag wallet (adapted from here) that I made as a birthday gift for my mom.  It can be made from one fat quarter or, if you want a bit of contrast, use two fat quarters and make an extra one for a friend.  And while designed to carry tea, the size is great for all sort of things that might otherwise get lost at the bottom of your purse or bag.

Finished dimensions
  • unfolded approx. 7-1/4" x 9"
  • pocket sizes approx. 3" wide x 2-1/4" deep


I used two fat quarters and 1/4 yd of fusible interfacing.  It would work just fine without the interfacing, too.

  • Outside 8 1/4" x 10" (cut 1 of fabric, 1 of interfacing)
  • Inside 8 1/4" x 10" (cut 1 of fabric)
  • Pockets 3 1/4" x 10" (cut 2 of fabric, 2 of interfacing)
  • Tab 1-1/4" x 9" (cut 1 of fabric)


Apply interfacing to outside and pocket pieces.

To make the tab closure, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.   Open it and fold the long edges in toward the crease; press again.  Fold the strip in half again (along the first crease) and give it one last press.  It should look like very narrow binding.

Top stitch close to the edge of both long sides.

On the outside piece, mark the middle of one of the 10" sides.  At this mark, pin the ends of the tab to the outside, having the raw edges even.  Lengthen the stitch on your sewing machine and baste the ends of the tab in place.

Fold over the top edge of the pocket pieces 1/2" and press.  Top stitch 1/4" from folded edge.

On the pocket pieces, make lines 3 1/2" from each of the short ends.  (Test your pen or pencil to make sure your marks will come out.)  Pin the pocket pieces to the inside piece.  Stitch along the lines.

You now have two pieces.

Pin them together, with ride sides facing.

Sew a 1/2" seam all the way around, leaving a 4" inch gap for turning inside out.  Clip the corners.

Turn inside out, push out the corners, and press.  Top stitch close to the edge all the way around.

Fill will tea.

Mark where to attach your button.  Take the tea out and carefully sew on the button, making sure you don't sew the inside pocket closed!

Happy Stitching!

Had to share this!

Hey everyone! It's Jera from the studio. I just had to share this monster super soft rag quilt I made for my son's first birthday.  :)

I used a combination of Don't be Afraid and the Down Under fabric collection. I initially bought yardage of this monster panel to use as a table cloth for his party and loved it so much I ended up buying more for the quilt. I simply cut up the panel into blocks that framed the monsters.

I made this rag quilt using Monica's Easy Rag Quilt tutorial, and cut my blocks into 8 inch squares. this was so much fun and I was able to complete it in one evening!

 It's so much fun finding inspiration in fabrics. :) Happy quilting!