May 4, 2009
I've got a basket full o' hexagons
So I've got another new obsession: making hexagons per the English paper piecing quilting method! It's really fun and easy to do. You carefully cut out a hexagon of paper (I'm using card stock because it's a little heftier), pin a slightly larger piece of fabric to it, fold over the edges and baste. You can find instructions and a template here. (Don't you just love online tutorials?)
Pretty soon you will have a growing stack of hexes! Because I love to keep busy, I find that these are a lot of fun to do while relaxing and watching TV. My husband even thinks they are cool. (That is, he thought they were cool as a great way to use up scrap fabric. He didn't seem to think it was quite so cool when I told him I'd like to get more fabric to make matching centers and borders to tie everything together into a quilt.)
I'm loving making new designs out of my fabric scraps, like this big flower made from a lot of little flowers on some Amy Butler daisy chain fabric. I only wish I had a larger fabric stash... but if you've been sewing a long time, I imagine it would be great fun to put all your scraps into hexes and quilt them. What a nice collection of memories of past projects that would be!
Finishing this quilt may take me a while, but for now I'm happily occupied sewing lots of little hexes.