Hi friends! Today I am sharing a tutorial to help you tackle that pile of hexagons you have laying around.
I would love to see all of your Modern Hexies! Please share your work over on Instagram with #modernhexies
In English paper piecing, hexagons are usually sewn together and the process can take a very long time. This process eliminates the extra sewing and adds in a glue element to speed things along and make for a very striking effect.
- Paper hexagon pieces, my preferred size is 1″, this is figured by measuring one flat side of the hexagon. The measurement across the entire hexagon from point to point is actually 2″. You can find printable sheets online (print on card stock so you may re-use the template multiple times), paper punches, and also precut hexagons from paper pieces online.
- Thread for sewing your hexagons, any color is fine because you will not see the thread used in the final project (it is disposed of).
- 2.5″ squares of fabric for your hexagons, Charm packs that consist of 5″ squares are perfect for this project because all you have to do is cut into 1/4 to make the 2.5″ fabric square needed. There are also mini charm packs that are already the 2.5″ size. If you have a pile of scrap fabric, just make sure the scrap is large enough to wrap over the edges of the hexagon template with room to glue down.
- Aleene’s Fabric Fusion – this is a clear, water-based adhesive that is machine washable and flexible. It creates a permanent bond between fabrics. I used the bottle of Fabric Fusion but there is a glue pen version that I am sure is great.
- Baste your hexies.
- With your iron set on high heat/steam press all of your hexies. This will allow the hexagon to keep it’s shape when you take out the stitches and the paper template inside.
- Lay out some sheets of paper under your fabric, this will keep any glue residue from sticking to your work surface.
- Keeping your hexie stitched together start to layout your design. I place the first right in the middle of where you want your design to go.
- Continue to lay out your pattern horizontally and then fill in from the middle out.
- Now that you have all of your hexies in a pattern, look over the entire area to make sure that you like how they are grouped. A great way to check this is to take a black and white picture with your phone and see the value.
- Remove your middle hexie – starting from the middle and working your way out will help you keep everything measuring nicely.
- Using your scissors, snip the thread on the back of your hexie and pull out the thread.
- Now remove the paper hexagon template. Your hexie should stay well folded since you ironed with high heat/steam.
- Now using your Fabric Fusion glue, draw a thin line around the back perimeter of the hexie.
- Place the hexie back into it’s spot in the middle and repeat.
- Remember to work from the inside out so that your hexie pieces will measure nicely.
- Once your glue has dried you are free to quilt as you like. I prefer to quilt from point to point, but matchstick quilting across the entire project is just as beautiful.
For more in depth instructions check out the Hexie Pillow Pattern, included instructions for bonus layout Hexie Flowers and links to full video tutorials on basting your hexies – prepping, spacing and glueing your hexies – tips and tricks for quilting!
Thank you so much for stopping by friends and I hope to see you again soon!