The first pattern I ever had in a magazine was Hexagon Waterfall (featured in Quilt Now Issue 45 named “Charming Mini Rainbow Quilt”); it is available to buy in my pattern shop.
Hexagon Waterfall is an English paper piecing (EPP) small wall hanging, perfect for EPP beginners and more experienced hand sewers who want a quick and easy project. Like so many EPP projects it is perfect for scrap busting and as it can be made using fabric scraps it makes easy to vary the look of your project. One of the things I love about EPP patterns is the flexibility.
I’ve made a few different versions of this design including the original rainbow colours, a purple/green/grey “succulents” palette and one in traditional Christmas colours.
The Hexagon Waterfall pattern shows full instructions for turning the panel into a quilted wall hanging but it also works really well as a cushion.
You could create a cushion front by:
- using the full English paper piecing panel – this would create a rectangular cushion
- adding extra background hexagons to the left and right sides to change it to a square panel – this would create a more traditional, square cushion
- making the central “waterfall”motif without the background hexagons and then appliqué this to your cushion front.
For my Christmas cushion I used the main motif appliqué idea. I appliquéd the large EPP unit onto a cushion front using slip stitch with coordinating 80wt thread to keep the stitches invisible. I then added chunky hand quilted crosses around the edge and randomly-placed in the centre. The combination of these two very different hand sewing styles gives the cushion a very rustic look which I love for Christmas projects.
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