Free Mystery Hexagon Quilt Part 1

Updated: Apr 3

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Part 1 of our Mystery Hexagon Quilt.

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I have put some basic English Paper Piecing (EPP) instructions with this Part for those who are new to English Paper Piecing . Please refer back to this page if you need to as I will not be adding them in future instructions. These instructions on technique and construction are how I like to EPP, so it is not the only way, just my way, so please use your own choice of EPP techniques and construction.

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Lets get started!

Part 1

We are going to start our quilt in the middle and build out as we go.

The first part will get you warmed up, so its nice and easy to start with.

Hexagon Requirements

Colour Values Reference

D - Dark

M/D - Medium Dark

L/M - Light Medium

L- Light

You will need to make the following fabric Hexagons

18 Dark Hexagons

13 Light Hexagons

6 Light Medium Hexagons

Tools Needed

Sewline Fabric Glue Pen

Sewing Needles


Making the Hexagons with Fabric

Cutting the Fabric

The easy way to cut your fabric is to place your paper template on the fabric of your choice. Then with a good pair of scissors cut your fabric about 1/4 inch bigger than the paper shape.

By fan folding or layering your fabric you can scissor cut multiple pieces at a time.

Helpful Hint

I like to cut up my fabric into squares first, then stack the squares on top of each other, place my paper template on top and cut off all the corners. This way I can cut 8 to 10 at a time. To determine what size square you need measure the widest part of the hexagon - point to point- then add 1/2 inch. For example 2 1/2 inch squares are a good size to cut for 1 inch hexagons.

You can also use a Perspex Template to cut your fabric shapes with a rotary cutter

Gluing Fabric to Pre-Cut Papers

Centre your pre-cut hexagon paper shape on top of the wrong side of your fabric shape.

Run the Sewline glue pen along the side you want to glue, near the edge but not right on the edge of the paper shape.

Fold the fabric over the edge of the paper shape and press with your finger to hold fold in place.

Repeat for the remaining sides until the shape is completely covered.

Sewing Shapes Together

To sew your fabric covered hexagons together thread up your needle with a neutral coloured Bottomline thread. The stitch used is a Whip stitch.

You place two shapes right sides together and sew through the top of the fabric edge not through the paper.

Helpful Hint

A Thimble on your finger will help you push through your needle and stop you from getting sore fingers.

I like to use the Appleyard Cottage Finger Savers. These sticky leather re-usable circles stick to your finger, that way you can place them in exactly the right spot.

Binding Clips are really helpful to hold your pieces together when sewing. You can always raid your stationery draw for binder clips or bulldog clips if you don't have any binding clips handy.

Make the Centre Shape

There are lots of ways you can construct this first shape, this is how I constructed mine.

Start with the Light Centre hexagon and sew each Light/Medium Hexagon onto the centre hexagon as shown in the diagram. Secure your stitching with a knot before moving onto the next hexagon, the thread can remain continuous.

The sew order has been numbed in the pictures as a guide.

Sew the hexagons to each other along each side. You will have to bend the papers to make the hexagons face right side to right side together when sewing up the side seams.

Repeat the same process to add a row of 12 light hexagons then another row of the 18 Dark Hexagons

Helpful Hint

There are lots of ways to knot your thread, use whatever method you like.

I like to knot my thread every time I move to another piece just in case my thread breaks, that way I know the previous piece is secure. If your thread does break part way through sewing, don't worry you don't have to restitch the whole piece. Just overlap your sewing about 1/4 inch and continue along the piece you are sewing.

Part 2 will be available in 2 weeks

Happy EPP sewing!

Cheers Veronica

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