Updated: Jan 19
Welcome to Part 1 of our Mystery Hexagon Quilt.
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Lets get started!
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.
Colour Values Reference
D - Dark
M/D - Medium Dark
L/M - Light Medium
You will need to make the following fabric Hexagons
18 Dark Hexagons
13 Light Hexagons
6 Light Medium Hexagons
Sewline Fabric Glue Pen
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.
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.
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
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!