I have had a number of requests for instructions to quilt -as -you -go hexagons so here they are!
You can apply theses instructions to any size hexagon you wish to make.
You need backing fabric, a contrasting feature fabric (or fabrics), fusible wadding (or non-fusible wadding and basting spray), and thread to match your backing fabric (Aurifil of course!!). Scraps of fabric and wadding are ideal.
You use 2 hexagons, one smaller than the other. The smaller one is the finished size. The smaller hexagon should have sides which measure 3/4 to 1 inch smaller than the large one. Many different companies produce perspex templates for drawing hexagons, or if you’re confident you can draw your own using a compass. There are lots of instructions online. Here is one http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-a-Hexagon
Mark and cut smaller hexagons from your featured fabric and your larger hexagons from your backing fabric.
For each hexagon, you also need to mark and cut small hexagons from fusible wadding and fuse onto the back of the feature fabric hexagons.
I like to use a quilting ruler and mark 3/4” from the edge on the top side of the backing hexagon. This helps me to centre the small hexagon and have even seam allowances.
Place the small hexagon and the large hexagon together, wrong sides together with the fused wadding between, making sure that the small hexagon is centred.
Finger press a 1/4” seam towards the centre, all around the edge of the large hexagon , then fold over and pin in place.
Be careful to make neat corners – I like to ensure my corner seams all face in one direction (either clockwise or anti-clockwise).
Now sew all the seams in place from the front. To do this I use the same stitch I use to sew down quilt bindings, making sure to add a couple of stitches into each corner to secure. I use Aurifil Cotton Mako 40 for this task.
Make as many hexagons as you require in this way. To join them together, place two hexagons right sides facing, making sure corners are exactly matched and whip stitch together using very small stitches and trying to take only a small “bite” into each hexagon. Small stitches and small bites mean that you have a very neat appearance on the right side, with your stitches hardly visible!
This is all you need to do to make your quilt or item, but there are additional embellishments for those who are keen!!
You can add a row of quilting around the edge as I have done in the photo, or indeed quilt an appropriately sized motif in the centre. My thread of choice here is Aurifil Cotton Mako 12.
You can also embroider along the joins if you wish.
When joining hexagons together to make a quilt you can leave the edges as they are or make half-hexagons to fill in the spaces. In the scrappy quilt in the photo I have left the edges as they are.
There are many other possibilities for quilt as you go hexagons. I have made a couple of hexagon bags using a Patchwork with Busyfingers pattern.
A friend is making small quilt as you go hexagons into mug bags.
If you haven’t tried this technique have a go! It’s a great way to use your scraps of fabric and batting.
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