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Introducing the Oblongagon!

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by Lorna McMahon
Ahhh!  The big day.  Big plans. Plan B that is.  Time to finally cut into those new Christmas fabrics!
I settled on a large size.
Six inches seems like a good size when working with fat quarters.  You can get 9 six inch squares.
I proceeded to cut the first fat quarter into 6″ strips and cross cut them into 6″ squares.
Ahhh!  Yes!  Those look nice and big.   Now fold that square up into half.  Lay the 60 degree line of your ruler on the fold and lop off the corners.
Yes!!!  Unfold.
Oh, no…
Hmmm…  Must have been picturing an octagon when I reasoned that squares would work for this.
Yes, an octagon… like they make for a stop sign.

Panic ensued.

So, what I have instead is an oblong hexagon I like to refer to as an OBLONGAGON!
It does look a lot like two tumbler blocks end to end.
The top and bottom edges are 2.5″ long and the side edges are 3.5″ long.
Thankfully, this is still workable.  The shorter top and bottom edges are all sewn to other shorter top and bottom edges, making columns.  And the long sides are all sewn to long sides.
Hey!  Red and Green are Christmas colours!  Did I mention that Christmas is coming?
Only 83 days left to GO!
Turns out those fabrics are called Holiday Frost by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass & Co.
I have also added some of the other new fabrics I recently purchased, as well as a few stash fabrics.


It is not very practical to put up a design wall in my quilting hallway, but I knew that it was a necessity for this project.  I tacked up some batting and arranged my oblongagons into 13 columns of 12.  These 156 pieces should result in a quilt that will measure approximately 50″ x 66″

I cut the first oblongagons from the top of the even numbered columns in half and arranged them onto the bottom columns so that the top and bottom of the quilt will have straight edges.
Planning to leave the sides pointed.

If you did not STOP reading this post by now, and before you GO…

I just wanted to thank you all for wishing me luck yesterday!  I think it must have helped!

Keep On Quilting On….

34 Responses

  1. hydeeannsews says:

    it is a great invention!!! how often do you get to create a new shape and name it? lol. your quilt looks great, lorna!

  2. that's a cool shape, and I love the fabrics!! and hey! sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do to get a quilt all laid out!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love the grey and red combination and your obolongons are so clever. I can see an obologon quilt in my future… if only so I can use \”obologons\” over and over again.

  4. Rachel says:

    Very pretty quilt, I love the colors. I like the new shape name. It's fun to say. 🙂 There are not enough days left before Christmas for all the crafting I need to do!

  5. So when are you going to have an Oblongagonalong? 😉 (Kidding. Unless…)

  6. Anonymous says:

    in spite of your troubles, the quilt is looking great!

  7. I knew you would make something fantastic! Love it!!(So are you sewing those with Y seams or am I missing something.)

  8. I knew you were destined for greatness! And here you go on the wings of the oblongagon!

  9. Love the simplicity and clean feeling design – your \”design wall\” was your friend, as the interplay of colors and shades is lovely!

  10. Anne says:

    It looks great, Lorna. Love the fabrics you've chosen. :o)

  11. I'm really liking the looks of this one! Grey and red are gorgeous together…

  12. Susie says:

    Looks great

  13. The best stuff comes up when we didnt exactly intend it right? This is fantastic!

  14. Katherine says:

    Looks lovely! Sometimes the best ideas are disguised as mistakes. ;o)

  15. Hehe love it! Oblongagon! It's quite catchy! ;)Your design wall is looking fabulous with all those pretty colours!

  16. Lisa says:

    Love it! Your fabrics are beautiful!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Fabulous….love the fabric too.

  18. Ginette says:

    What a happy accident! I think this quilt will be fabulous!

  19. Sabrina says:

    Ack! I love it! This is going to be awesome. 🙂

  20. Great post!!! You crack me up! LOVE LOVE the quilt!!

  21. Vicki says:

    So inventive! Making that lemonade from lemons. Your fabric is fantastic. I could go on, but I am limited in space. Just love it!

  22. Jacqui S. says:

    Does it matter? what a good arrangement of blocks, someone would love this as a present.

  23. Yay for tacking up batting! Looks great.

  24. Lindsey says:

    Love the fabric and the design! Looks awesome! Can't wait to see it finished!

  25. Love the Oblongagons! The quilt looks fantastic.

  26. Wow, they look fabulous, Lorna!I love that colours scheme! Estheresthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  27. Hi! That looks fantastic! How great and fun that those oblongagons worked as hexies. Just lately I saw some where quilt made with that kind of blocks – I think I pinned it. x Teje

  28. I love the Oblongagon! And I love them in those fabrics. Not a mistake, but a design element! Now all you need is to make a template…

  29. Just beautiful, Lorna. I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  30. Wow this looks great–love the fabric, the shape–everything!

  31. Awsome! You have invented a new shape (contact the quilting patent office!) AND the fabrics are gorgeous! Definitely holiday but not screaming Santa! Love it!

  32. Vera says:

    Those fabrics are awesome! Love your project.

  33. Anonymous says:

    I was glad I realized hexagons are not equal when I made my jumbo hexagon quilt before I cut a pile of squares! You quilted yours the same as I did, too. I think it was the perfect quilting to compliment this design.