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Thread: hexagon quilt Help me I am drowning!

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    My mother, bless her heart, left me portions of a hexagon quilt that her mother started years ago. I want to finish the quilt, but have no clue how to attach hexagons without making a wrinkled mess. Help!

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    Hand piecing is the best way to avoid puckers however, if you want to do it on the machine make a dot with a washable marker 1/4" in from each point. Sew them together just like any other Y seam, going from dot to dot. Time consuming, pain in rear but you'll like it when it's done.

    Make sure that they're all the exact same size. If they aren't there's no way in the world to get them to go together evenly.

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    Hexagons are much easier to manipulate by hand. The finished quilt will be worth the effort!

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    thank you so much. I have never made y inserts or seams, but I certainly understand sewing dot to dot. It seems the general concensis is to hand sew the pieces. I need to learn how to do that, too. You know, stitch size, etc. I think I have taken on quite a challenge, and am hoping it really will be finally finished this next year. Thanks again for your help. toni

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    Look at some of these videos, they will help you. If the link doesn't work just google english paper piecing. Hope this helps.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=how+t...ls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=how+to+do+english+paper+piecing&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=n0u&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=iv&source=univ&tbs=vid:1&tbo=u&ei=lLYHTbGKGsjAngfBisiGDg&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CDIQqwQwAg&fp=d11f6a9dffb573cb

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    If you still have individual hexagon pieces, you might like to check out English paper piecing. It's a technique that makes accurate handpiecing really easy. I did it with about 1,500 hexagons this summer, it takes a bit of time but works really really well.

    I picked it up here and there, but I bet someone here knows a good online link to the technique if you are interested.

    Edit: Heh, crossposted. Links already posted! Don't you love this board. :)

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