Science Fair by Jaybird Quilts has been in my “to make” pattern pile for at least a year or two. I even had the jellyroll already bought and in my stash for nearly as long.
As is often the case at the beginning of a new year I’m in full on GET ALL THE THINGS DONE! mode. I was also keen on trying out the new and challenging shape of the hexagon. Hexagons are once more making a comeback. They seem to be replacing the Chevron Craze that swept the pattern world two years ago. I still love chevrons, but hexies need a little love too.
The jellyroll I’m using is from the fabric line Quilt Blocks by Ellen Luckett Baker for Moda. I’ve had bits of this fabric line before but had never seen the whole collection and I must say, it’s very fun!
I already have my combinations picked out. Turns out the lap sized quilt for this pattern uses 26 2.5″ x 44″ strips for the Hexagon portion. As a typical Moda jellyroll has about 40 strips in it you’ll have plenty of choices to mix-n-match with which is great if you’re like me and can only buy a jellyroll here and there. You don’t need to use a jellyroll though and the pattern gives specifics on how to do this. Just keep in mind if you aren’t using pre-cuts you’ll need 26 different colors (or about that many) in about 1/4 yd increments to make your 13 strip sets. Contrast is also key so alternating light and darks and even throwing in a medium tone will help make your hexies pop.
Another tip, if you even plan on doing this pattern I highly recommend picking up the Hex n’ More acrylic ruler. You won’t regret it. The pattern does come with templates that you’ll need to copy and then cut out, but nothing beats a good, solid template ruler.
I’ll tell you more about the Hex n’ More ruler in a Cool Tools post soon, till then Happy Sewing!