- Click here for my post about blocks 1, 2 and 4 (from Quilt & Zo no. 7)
- Click here for my post about blocks 3, 5 and 6 (from Quilt & Zo no. 8 )
- Click here for my post about blocks 7, 8 and 9 (from Quilt & Zo no. 9)
- Click here for my post about blocks 10, 11 and 12 (from Quilt & Zo no. 10)
- Click here for my post about blocks 13, 14 and 15 (from Quilt & Zo no. 11)
- Click here for my post about blocks 16, 17 and 18 (from Quilt & Zo no. 12)
About the quilt
The VariaHex quilt is designed and made by Evy Verbeek, of quilt shop Quilterspalet in The Hague, the Netherlands. The blocks in the original quilt have sides of 2.5 inches, and each pattern is used 8 or 9 times for differently colored blocks. The original blocks are made with English Paper Piecing (EPP). Because Inklingo templates for printing on your fabric offer several advantages compared to EPP (I will write a separate post about this, someday), I recommend making this quilt with Inklingo.
3 inch blocks vs. 2.5 inch blocks
But because not all necessary shapes for 2.5 inch hexagons are available (yet) as Inklingo shapes, it is easier to make the VariaHex blocks in a different size. I would make them in 3 inches. The necessary shapes are also available for hexagons with 1.5 or even 1 inch sides, but 3 inch offers you all of the following options:
- Make less blocks for the same size quilt
- Alternate pieced hexagons with unpieced hexagons, that you might fussy cut beautifully
- Leave out the least favorite blocks (like those with parallelograms, which are not readily available as Inklingo shapes. These are blocks 8, 11 and 17).
- More variation options by also playing with 1 inch or 0.75 inch hexagons, diamonds and triangles in your blocks. See also Tilde’s blog http://inklingosampler.blogspot.com/search/label/Hexagon
Numbers and Yardage
If you make this quilt with 3 inch hexagons you are already finished with 110 blocks (instead of 156), for a quilt of about the same size as the original.
If you make this quilt 11 rows high, 10 blocks wide each, the quilt center will become 57.2 inches high and 60 inches wide. That is just as wide, and a little under 1 inch higher than the original (56.3 inches wide). In both cases the center size is taken without the rows of appliquéd white ‘setting’ triangles on the upper and under border.
- If you use all 18 block patterns, you need to make each 3 inch block 6 times, and two blocks 7 times.
- If you use only the 15 block patterns without parallelograms, you need to make each block 7 times, and five blocks 8 times.
About the numbers of setting triangles: In the original VariaHex quilt, there are 24 triangles in each horizontal row of 12 blocks, which makes a total of 13 x 24 = 312. Add 12 ‘separate’ triangles at both the top and bottom of the quilt, which are appliquéd on the borders, for a total of 336 triangles in the same color.
If you make 110 3 inch blocks, you only need 11 x 20 = 220 triangles in the rows, plus possibly 2 x 10 to appliqué onto the top and bottom borders. That makes a total of 240 triangles in the same color.
It saves quite a bit of time if you can make 240 triangles, by printing them directly onto your fabric without measuring, and then cutting them several layers at a time with a rotary cutter the Inklingo way, instead of having to make 312 with EPP, where you have to measure, cut and baste around a paper each triangle, before you can start to sew! And that is just the setting triangles.
The necessary yardage (washed, preshrunk) for 240 setting triangles is 1 yard and 21,75 inches, about 1 5/8 yard. You can print 27 sheets with 9 triangles each on this, which gives you 3 spare triangles.
In the original VariaHex over 250 different fabrics are used for the blocks. That makes it difficult to provide yardage estimates. But you can use scraps and small cuts for Inklingo as well.
- Cut your freezer paper (FP) in one of the smaller ‘custom sizes’ that are indicated in the collections for each shape. Print a pile of different fabrics for each shape in one run, and start putting your blocks together with these. Later you can check and calculate the numbers of shapes you need to print additionally to finish your quilt.
- Swap blocks or shapes with quilters who are also making the VariaHex quilt. With less fabrics you can still make a very varied quilt, and print a bit more efficiently (larger quantities of one fabric).
- Inklingo is very suitable for group projects! Inklingo makes the shapes exactly the same size every time, no matter who makes it. That makes all the blocks accurate, and fitting together, even if made by different hands.
Necessary Shapes and Collections
The necessary shapes for the VariaHex blocks are also available in smaller sizes, so you can make miniature versions, with hexagonal blocks with 1.5 or even 1 inch sides. Below you find a table with available shapes for several block sizes.
Necessary collections for 3 inch blocks:
- Inklingo cd #3 (with book)
- Download 60 degree Diamonds 3.0 – Lite #7
- Optional: 60 degree Hexagons 3.0 – Lite #6
For 2.5 inch blocks:
Most shapes for 2.5 inch blocks are not (yet) available in Inklingo. You can find the shapes that are available in:
Necessary collection for 1.5 inch blocks:
Necessary collections for 1 inch blocks:
Either: cd #1 (sold out)
- Download 60 degree Hexagons 0.5
- Download 60 degree Hexagons 1.0
- Download 60 degree Diamonds 0.5
- Download 60 degree Diamonds 1.0
Viewing the VariaHex
You can find pictures of Variahex blocks by Googling pictures ‘Variahex’, and via the links below:
For ordering back issues of Dutch magazine Quilt & Zo: via firstname.lastname@example.org, for EURO 6,50 plus shipping cost.
In 2012 20 VariaHex quilts will be on display at the Nadelwelt in Karlsruhe, Germany, and on the quilt festival in the North of the Netherlands, in the province of Groningen. You can find more information via www.quiltfestival.nl and www.nadel-welt.de
I am wishing you lots of fun with this beautiful project!