Having spent half my time at the Festival of Quilts last weekend looking for half hexagon template I listened when the nice salesman said that the whole hexie would do the job. Vaguely convinced I bought it and went off to laugh at giant rabbit quilts with bees stuck on.
Monday night I got brave and pulled the template out of the bag. It came with detailed instructions on how to use it and make 11 shapes! This gave me a pain in behind my left eye so I put it back in the bag.
Missus Moog came up for a visit on Wednesday and I may have spent a few minutes showing her the fabrics for my Fortnum and Mason quilt. This inspired me sufficiently that the template came back out that evening and I started to cut out 5.5" half hexagons. By the end of the evening I had about 30 so I went to bed.
The next day I had a small nervous meltdown when it became clear that all of the 5" blocks cut prior to purchase of the template would NOT yield a half hexie no matter which the template was twisted.
I spoke with my in-house geek/tech support that evening and he had a lovely time with several pieces of paper, algebraic equations and a particularly unusual mis-step in thinking six foot equalled 120" (!) Having rectified this mathematical illogicality he went on to tell me I needed 208 5" half-hexies and 368 2" half-hexies. Yes you see how my meltdown was resolved? An inner block of 5" hexies surrounded by two rows of 2.5" hexies. Yay!
Cut most of the large ones out today.
Wanna see what they look like?