Sunday, April 5, 2009
Hexagons....I can't believe I'm working on these!!! Paper piecing thousands of these small shapes. But I have to be honest...it's addictive. I can't quit. I even ordered the giant bag of these crazy things. Susan Stiff from Moda fabrics gave each of us a box with hexagons and a box of cute Petite 4s TM (320 - 2 1/2" squares) at our retreat. Thank you Susan...I love working on these. Until these Petite 4s TM packs are released at quilt market in May you could cut a charm pack into 4ths.(If you want to view retreat pictures take a look on Laurie and Polly's blog and Lissa Alexander's blog.) Laurie and Susan sewed hexagons during the free time at the retreat....but I began knitting socks. (More on that tomorrow.) When I returned home, the hexagons began to call to me. I couldn't resist.
Recipe for hexagons:
1 package of the darn things (1" hexagons)
1 spool thread and chenille needle (this sharp needle goes through the paper well)
1 charm pack cut into 4ths
1 spool mono-poly invisible thread
1 sewing machine
Take a look at the pictures to see how to baste the fabric over the paper edges. No need to be fancy with this. The basting thread will be removed. Use the mono-poly invisible thread and join the hexagons together in rows using a narrow zig zag stitch. Sew the rows together. Remove the basting stitches and pull out the paper and your done. This method is quick and fun. Wouldn't this make the cutest baby quilt?
You know what I will be up to. Watching a bit of TV and making hundreds of these small pieces.
Happy stitching dear friend. Alma