This is the very first quilt I ever started and how naive was I to think that I would actually finish a completely hand-stitched queen size hexagon quilt in no time! I usually put it away for a few weeks after working on it regularly for months. This way I don’t get tired of working on it and lose interest. I pulled it back out again last week to start working on it. The pieces are made from 3/4″ hexies with 2″ square fabrics pieces.
I am using 13 solids of Kaufman Kona for the flowers and Canary Yellow for the center. For the row I will be working on, I make all the hexagon pieces ahead of time. These are all the hexagons I made last week for the current row.
Hexie pieces sewed through the paper
Previously when I made my fabric hexagon pieces, I used to sew through the hexagon paper templates to attach the fabric pieces to them. Last week I figured out a way to make my hexies without stitching the fabric pieces to the paper templates.
I wrote up a tutorial with lots of photos, hope you find it useful. I had to put the piece down to take the photos. Make sure to hold the folds down with your left thumb while you are sewing the corners.
1. Place the paper template on the square fabric.
2. Fold the top corner of the fabric over the paper template.
3. Fold the next side over the first fold.
4. Put the needle through the folds, but not through the paper.
5. Pull the thread through leaving a little tail behind. I don’t usually put knots because its easier for me to remove the thread bits without the knots.
6. Now go over it one more time through the folds.
7. This is what the first corner should look like.
8. Follow steps 4 and 5 around each corner.
9. When you get to the last corner, go through the last folded fabric and the flat fabric underneath it from the very first fold.
10. Just like the other corners, stitch through the same folds one more time.
11. I go though the very first stitched corner one last time to secure the fabric to the template nicely. Cut the thread after you pull it once through the first corner.
12. Your very first thread-tail and and last-cut thread should be at two sides of the very first corner.
Front and back of the finished hexie
I can’t say it’s any faster than sewing through the paper, but I do feel my wrist relaxing because of the lack of pressure exerted by the needle going through the paper. It doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a difference when you are making many pieces all together. Also the templates stay intact, so they can be reused many more times. This process also saves the needle from getting blunt too quickly from going through paper. I really like this new method for making hexies.
Last week I got a surprise email from Joan at MooseStash Quilting telling me that I got this gorgeous snow-dyed fabric made by her as the Flag On A Stick giveaway winner!! You will not believe how beautiful the texture is on this fabric and she even included a two-year planner! Thank you so much, Joan!! I have to think of something really pretty to make with this fabric.
I also have a giveaway winner to announce –
Robin is the winner of the these two patterns – Spring Kites and Fair Isle Star.
Congratulations Robin and I will email them to you very soon!
Until next time!