When searching for a new portable project for 2013 I considered making something with English Paper pieced hexagons but ….. I really like using my sewing machine for patchwork piecing and that really isn’t a very portable way to sew, or the easiest way to join hexagons.
Having said that though, I want to share with you some of the hexagon quilts that my friends have made using English paper piecing:
Ladybirdee’s wall hanging is approximately 12″ x 12″, so the feature fabric hexagons are quite small.
Cotton Mako’ 40 works well for paper piecing. It resists any abrasion if it gets caught in the papers and it is fine enough to give a neat, invisible stitch.
And then there is this miniature. Follow the link to see another set of miniature hexagons in Judysew4th’s friendship quilt
I have also quilted some very pretty “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilts made with hexagons:
By contrast, the following quilt was pieced with quite small hexagons.
Hexagons do lend themselves to ‘fussy cutting”, and can look great on coloured backgrounds
I’ve decided that I like the way hexagon quilts:
- use up the small pieces of fabric in the stash, and
- the way the fabrics can be colour coordinated
- and the way the hexagons can be fussy cut
However, I am not quite ready to make my own quilt using English paper piecing. I will have to find another method to make a hexagon project.
If you enjoy hand sewing don’t let my love of machine piecing stop you from trying this hand piecing method.
For more information about English Paper Piecing:
Fat Quarterly had a sew along running in 2012 and shared some very clear instructions:
Martingale features an extract from a book showing interesting, non traditional uses, for piecing the hexagons:
Lizard of Oz no longer sells pre-cut papers but her very useful written instruction is still available for free download:
I will keep searching for my next portable project for 2013.
Your suggestions are welcome.