Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hexagons: Part Two

As promised, I will show you how I sew my hexies together.  Thanks to my daughter Katie, who took the pictures for me.

OK-in this first picture I am holding 2 hexies right sides together. I start right in one corner and pick up a couple of threads from each hexie, avoiding the inside paper.


I do a whipstitch across the top of the two hexies. You are just skimming the tops of each hexie, just picking up a few threads of the fabric. If you hit paper, you are going too deep into the hexie.


Do you see how the green hexie is peeking out from behind the red one? That happens sometimes.  After you do a couple stitches, pull the shorter hexie a little so that it is lined up at the end and continue sewing.  They will ease together and then play nice at the end!


Here is another picture showing how I whip stitch the two together.


When you get to the end (see how nicely they meet up?), take a couple stitches but don’t cut your thread!


Here are two hexies sewn together.


Now we are ready to add the next hexie.


In the next picture, I am sliding the needle through the top of the hexie to get ready to sew again.


Imagine that the red is the center of your “flower” and the green hexies are the “petals”. In the next picture I am sewing the two green petals together.


At the end, take a couple stitches…


You will have something that looks like this:


Now take the hexie you just attached and line it up with your center hexie…


…and continue sewing.


Take a couple stitches at the end…


Two hexies attached!  Continue in the same manner, and add another hexie,


add another.


One more to add,


and you’re done!


This is what the back looks like:


I tried to get a close-up of my stitches.


Remember the hole we punched in each paper?


Just stick your scissors in the hole…


And pop out your paper to use again!


Remove the papers only when you have sewn all around your hexagon.  This occurs when you are sewing several pieces together


I am planning to make this little flower into mug rug.  I will give it a good press, carefully take out the papers and attach it to a piece of wool felt.  I will show it to you when I finish.

Oh!  Look for Movie Monday on Sunday this week.  I will explain later!


Catskill Quilter said...

First time visiting your blog, and I am HAPPY! Just started doing hexagons and my poor whip stitch keeps showing between the hexagons! Your photos are a help; tonight I sewed 34 hexes (the tiny individual ones) and tomorrow I will try again to sew them together, hopefully with a less prominent stitch between them.
I lived in Syracuse NY for 20 years, and even lived briefly in Baldwinsville. How cool that you are from there! Iam in northern Florida, where the summers are as nightmarish as winters are in Baldwinsville. Ohh, the snow...