Friday, April 10, 2009

PUT A HEX ON YOU


Long, long ago, before I ever made a quilt, my aunt got me started making hexagons. My color choices were pinks and blues, and I am sure some of you can date this project fairly well. You probably even recognise some of the fabrics! After reading about Libby's hexagon adventures, I took mine out of hibernation for inspection.  Each individual hexagon measures 2 inches across. What on earth will I ever do with them?  I know what I should do with them, but will I? It is doubtful. I have about 30 of them. Anybody interested? Only respond if you actually will do something with them. I want them to go to a home where they will grow into something productive! If too many respond I will have a drawing a week from today.

Well leave it to Libby to draw me into her fun! I started following links from her posts to others who are creating very nice hexagon projects. So I started playing around. I know there are some nifty methods out there these days, but I came up with my own little tricks, so I thought I would share my madness.

First I trace a hexagon template to a strip of freezer paper. I fold the freezer paper several times, then cut around the drawn hexagon. This gives me four to six hexagons. If you are concerned with the freezer paper slipping, you can actually press the layers together on the outside edges with an iron. Don't press within the lines of the hexagon tho, 'cause it will seal it together. 

Next, press the hexagons to the back side of fabric, shiny side down, of course.  Trim around each hex leaving a seam allowance. Fold the seams over and baste down using some yukky colored thread that you don't like any more.
Now you can sew your hexagons together into pretty patterns. My current hexagons measure 1-1/4 inch across. They are still not as small as some that Libby did, but they are a size that I am happy with for creating a table topper, or whatever this turns into.Posted by Picasa




22 comments:

Janet said...

I like your new hexagon project - I've been resisting the urge to it myself. Now that you've posted a little tutorial though I might not be able to stop myself... :0)
Thabks Marcie!

Quilt Hollow said...

Nope, don't want another project either though I too have been lurking at Libby's and others and admiring them! I'm just popping in to see what the new post was about because there for a second you were on top! LOL

*karendianne. said...

Well gee wiz, I think this is great but I have to click on the picture before replying. What a dork! But still, do you leave the paper in? I think maybe I better skip this. I'm in over my head and messing up your Blog, too.

sewprimitive karen said...

Wow, Marcie, your hexagon diamonds look really nice.

Libby said...

Oh they are just like potato chips, aren't they? It's impossible to stop with just one, or two, or three . . .

Want to save a couple of scissor cuts? You can fan fold your fabric strip just like you are doing with the freezer paper and cut multiples at one time. Also if you orient your shape with a point at the top and bottom, you only need to make 4 cuts instead of six - the sides are already done *s*
Yep, I'm lazy and look for every shortcut I can find! Have fun.

Karen said...

Looking good;) Yes, my kids did get her, but not til Sun. night. We've been having a great time and my sil has a job interview with a guy that his Uncle Dave knows. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be something he wants. I will pass on your "June" msg;)

Kathie said...

If I cut out multple shapes like this after I fold the paper as much as I can I staple it so it doesn't shift as I cut , then remove the staple after you cut and ah perfect hexagons :)
even though this looks wonderful what you have laid out here and Libby's is awesome, as well as so many others I have seen in blogland
I am NOT starting these, I am NOT starting these, I am NOT starting these,
ok, so you think if I write this 100 times I won't?????

Carol said...

Your new hexes are just wonderful...but like Kathie I'm going to write a 100 times "I'm not starting these, I'm not starting these!"

Angie said...

What an excellent idea, Marcie, to use the freezer paper!! Now who would have thunk it??? :D Thanks so much for sharing the idea---I just may have to give it a try too. :) Happy Easter!

StitchinByTheLake said...

You are a brave girl Marcie to tackle hexagons! blessings, marlene

Janet said...

I'll just have to cheer you on but the units you are doing are my favourite! I've seen many lovely hexagon quilts lately, yours is going to be a cracker too.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Oh my goodness! I'm sooooooo in. I've been looking, trying to resist. I just can't take it any longer, lol.

I took out some Quilt Patis that I purchased YEARS ago, but now they're too big for my taste. I found a site to download a predrawn tiled hex template and will print that off on freezer paper I guess.

I have no color plan yet, but I'm thinking 30's repros.

Eileen said...

No, Marcie, I am not interested in your flower garden blocks. Been there done that many years ago. About the fourth quilt I made. All by hand also. Using a cardboard template cutting around. Seems like your idea is simaliar to the English style of piecing.

christine said...

SO glad that I'm not the only "hexaholic"

would LOVE to give your hex's a home, would they like to travel to Australia? (can pay postage)




studio_fishy@y7mail.com

Karen said...

Isn't it funny how we see something on a blog and pretty soon that hook grabs us and we are doing the same thing!

Nana B said...

Hi there, I swore I would never do that grandmothers's flower garden stuff, but I have a friend that is doing a large queen, all hand pieced, with 1 1/2 hexs. But I did do one block a long time ago, turned the edges under and appliqued it to a plain square and added stems and leaves and made a flower out of it.

Rose Marie said...

I'll take your flowers in a heartbeat and do something with them! In fact, they are destined for me as I just got some old fabric at a donation table at a quilt show last week. Yes, those lovely flowers are for me. :o) Have I begged enough?

Lea said...

I always adore hexagon quilt and you and Libby's tempted me to start it. No....no..no...*LOL*

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hi Marcie!

You and Libby have given a much needed push to restart my heaxagon quilt! I'll post more about it later.

Have a great weekend!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hello again Marcie!

Check out my post for today! :0)

Annette said...

Your hexagon flowers from way back are beautiful. You could just applique them onto fabric and sew them into a quilt that way. Would make a lovely lap quilt. I just caught the hexie bug and have been stitching them for a couple of days now. Who knows how far I'll progress but I'm having a good time so far.

*karendianne. said...

I saw Rose Marie won these plus one of your patterns. Very cool of you. I think you're a real gem. And no one paid me either! :)

Jeweled Love, *karendianne.