It is stunningly easy to design with hexagons in Electric Quilt software.
You could do it yourself in a couple of minutes, but I am sharing one of my files with you anyway.
This is the quilt in the free project file (download below).
THE QUILT LAYOUT AND SIZE
Worktable > Work on Quilt > Quilt > New Quilt > One Patch Layout
Then you can set the number of units, the patch style, and the edge length using the Layout tab.
If I use hexagons with 1.5-inch sides, EQ tells me that the quilt will be 53 x 70.65 inches. (That is not shown in this image, but it is visible in the lower info bar in EQ.)
If I use the slider to change it to 2.25-inch hexagons, EQ automatically updates the size to show that the quilt would be 79.25 x 105.72 inches.
With 0.75-inch hexagons, EQ tells me the quilt will be 26.75 x 35.57 inches.
Is that cool, or what?
COLOR THE HEXAGONS
Next, I can switch to Layer 1 and start painting the colors with fabric swatches. There are so many to choose from!
I used the Paint Brush tool and the Swap tool to create the blue version.
For the coloring step, I found the Ctrl-z keyboard shortcut very useful. It lets me undo the last step if I don’t like it for any reason. I can go back many steps. It is worth learning this useful shortcut because it works in all software, not just EQ.
(Monkey thinks I spend my whole day Ctrl-z-ing. It’s not true. Sometimes I am using Ctrl-c (copy) and Ctrl-v (paste). My day would be very different without keyboard shortcuts!)
COUNT THE HEXAGONS
Electric Quilt counts all of those hexagons for me, by color. Hooray!
File > Print > Fabric Yardage
525 + 62 + 90 + 15
The hexagons have been counted for me!
For fabric requirements, I prefer to use the diagrams provided by Inklingo, but EQ gives an estimate. Inklingo diagrams make it easy to see if the odd scraps in your stash are big enough too.
EQ is too smart to let me design with hexagons with sides less than 0.5 inches (LOL), so for hexagons with 0.25-inch sides and hexagons with 0.375-inch sides, I design with 0.5-inch sides and rely on the info in the Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes to get the quilt size and fabric requirements.
I love it that I can design with any size and EQ counts the hexagons for me. Then I just have to count the ones on the edges if I want to finish with half hexagons for a straight edge.
DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILE
If you have Electric Quilt, I hope you are just itching to start playing with this one-patch layout.
By the way, in this example, my hexagons are set on the flat side. The difference between setting hexagons flat and on-point is explained in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book.
Northcott Vintage Rosie with rotary cutting layout
(Fabric not necessarily to scale)
When you have settled on your design, you can print the hexagons on fabric with Inklingo and start sewing. No templates! No basting! No stitches showing on the front.
This design looks completely different in different colors, doesn’t it?
That’s part of the beauty of Electric Quilt. I can preview several different fabrics and colors before I make a final decision.
When you download the free EQ project file, you can use the Swap tool to get results in a flash.
Until next time, these links should keep you busy.
Top 10 Tutes (tutorials about Inklingo)
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