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Modern Hexies: My Latest Quilty Obsession

As I delved into the world of modern quilting, one project kept popping up at me: Modern Hexies. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to make them but didn't know where to get started. After a quick search, I discovered Nicole, the Queen of Modern Hexies, on Instagram!

Modern Hexies Quilted Wall Hanging

Modern Hexies get their foundation from English Paper Piecing, but Nicole brings them into modern quilting by switching things up a bit. Instead of joining the hexies together by hand, they are laid out about 1/4 inch apart and then quilted down onto a background.

I love this take on traditional English Paper Piecing for a few reasons. First, it's much faster than EPP and the layout possibilities are truly endless.

English Paper Piecing, Rainbow hexagons
Modern Quilting, straight line quilting with walking foot

For my first Modern Hexies project, I went with a pretty basic rainbow columns approach and loved the result! I had a lot of fun basting the hexies and then coming out with just the perfect layout. But one of my favorite parts of this project has got to be the binding. I took a 2.5-inch piece of each color I used for my hexies and joined them to make a rainbow corner.

I love how this turned out, and I'm already planning a couple more Modern Hexies projects! I'm thinking about making one more wall hanging with scraps from one of my favorite fabric collections, and a set of pillows as a gift!

how to do the corner of a multicolor binding - modern quilting
Quilt binding idea: multicolor quilt binding corner using fabric from quilt top

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