Fen Koan–Original Quilt Entry

Yeah!  It’s that time of the year again – the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! Every year I waffle over which quilts I want to feature in the Festival. 


The first one I’m sharing with you is called ‘Fen Koan’ and I'm entering it into the 'Original Quilt Design' category.  This is not a typical ‘Kim Quilt’ but it’s one that I’m really proud of!

Quilt Stats
Name: Fen Koan (read the story behind the name HERE)
Size: big (I’ll measure when I get home from Quilt Market)
Machine Pieced by Kim Lapacek
Machine Quilted by Barb Raisbeck, Quilts by Barb
Category Entered: Original Design Quilt

I’m going to retell most of the story behind this quilt but you’ll have to go to my original post to find out more details.
FabricFascination BOM all 12 blocks

Fen Koan actually all started in 2012 with Fabric Fascination’s BOM quilt blocks.  I had a great time making these blocks using fabrics I typically wouldn’t – but look just how beautiful they all look together!


Then – Jared figured out the dimensions a hexagon would have to be to encompass a 12” block with 1/4” seam allowances.  After that – a family friend used those dimensions to make a Plexiglas template for me to use to cut out my blocks.


I made more hexagon blocks using the lighter batik fabric and then adding strips of the other fabric as well as some fun orange batiks. My aunt Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb quilted an awesome hexagon pattern all over the quilt!


I just love how this one turned out!  Not typical ‘Kim’ colors but still put together in a way that fits me!

What do you think?  Would you ever make a hexagon sampler quilt?  Should I look into getting actual templates made?

If this is one of your favorite quilts please head over and nominate it for the Viewer's Choice voting category.


  1. I love hexies, so I naturally gravitated to your photo at first glance. It's an amazing quilt. A great way to use blocks, orphan or not as in your case. And the quilting is to swoon over. You have my vote.

  2. I like that this isn't square. I like that a lot! I really like the hexagons with the diagonal lines. And the colors!

  3. I really like the large hexies, very cool!

  4. Really neat use of those blocks! Great layout too.


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