Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Basics for the Hexagon Swap!

Below you find find samples of fabrics that will and will not be suitable for our first hexagon swap.

These are NOT suitable fabrics-no large prints, stripes, novelties or holiday prints
We want to see consistent sizing is comparison to the size of the hexagon.
These ARE suitable fabrics-small prints with little open background shown

These ARE suitable fabrics-a nice all-over print in small scale.

Paper Pieces hexies HEX100

You can also cut your own using magazine inserts or card stock, but no computer paper or cardboard

If needed,use a straight pin (silk pins are good) to hold the paper piece in the center of the fabric square. Do not use ANY glues or adhesives!

With a knotted threaded needle (use a contrasting thread color) and fold over the first corner. Beginning at the front of the hexagon, insert the needle for the first stitch. This will be your starting and ending spot. I use a double strand of thread--you can use a single strand if you wish. I prefer you do not use any red thread for basting your hexies.

Fold in each corner and take a stitch through each corner and through the paper.

This is what your finished hexie will look like.

Here are one set of six hexies, ready to be stacked and tacked. No, we will not be sewing them into a ring. Just showing you how the six hexies look from the back

Front of the hexies (not sewn together!)

I add a single basting stitch from the back to the front and back again. Do not knot the thread. This complete set is ready for swapping!

If you wish to pre-trim your fabrics before making your hexies, just be sure to leave at least a scant 1/4" seam allowance on the back as shown.

Here are MY piles of sixes ready to be done

...and here are some finished sets, tacked and ready to swap!

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