Tiny Dancer Quilt with the Hex 'N More

Tiny Dancer is one of my favorite quilt patterns by designer Julie Herman for Jaybird Quilts.  When Corey Yoder's Sundrops collection came into the shop, I knew the twirly design, Tiny Dancer, was just the one to make up with this fun fabric.

To make this pattern, begin with strips cut 6 ½” wide for the half-hexagons. Lay the Hex N More ruler on the strip lining up the 6 ½” hexagon line with the edge, then cut with rotary cutter on side edge of ruler. Flip fabric over and align the 6 ½” line with the newly cut edge. Your first half-hexagon! Now make two more from the 21” strip.

It’s important to cut off the little excess fabric on the edges.

Using the triangle section of the ruler, lay it on 3 ½” wide strips for the background.

Then the sewing begins. Place a triangle on the top edge of the half-hexagon and piece together with ¼” seam. Make six of these units for one block.

However, you are going to make half-blocks with three units first instead of sewing all six units together to make one block.  You will see why in a minute.  Repeat this step until you have the required number of blocks for the quilt you are making.

Lay the half-blocks out in vertical rows; by matching one row with another next to it, you will get the complete block.  I would suggest laying out the entire quilt before you begin sewing the rows together.  No Y-seams in this quilt!

It is fun to see this quilt come together so capably, and yet look challenging.  Certainly this one is for the experienced beginner.  

The Hex 'N More ruler will also help you with placing hexagons together.  Again, the hexagon and the triangle are both on the same tool.

Sew fabric strips together and cut triangles, then place them together into half-hexagons which will then form one two-color shape.  The Jawbreaker pattern will get you started with this technique by making a pillow.  American Jane's Merry-Go-Round pattern has this same look, but in a full quilt.

The Tiny Dancer pattern can be in any size from a baby quilt up to a king size.

Let me know if this inspires you!  I'm already making plans to use this tool again.  I think 1930's reproduction prints will look great and give a traditional look to this design.  Whatever you choose, be sure the background will contrast well with the other prints.

Happy sewing!