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    Sewing hexagons

    Would someone please explain to me WHY I must use a paper foundation when cutting and making hexagons. Is is because of the bias edges?? Can I make them without the paper foundation?

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    www.inklingo.com there ya go.Look and read about this way. No paper. I have no connection,

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    What pattern are you doing? Are you hand piecing or machine piecing? If you are hand piecing I don't see why you can't just mark your 1/4 inch and go for it. If you plan on machine piecing, I can't see how you would use the paper foundation anyway.
    English Paper Piecing is just one way of sewing your hexagons together, it is a nice portable project to take with you, however if you prefer to just hand piece them, just starch the fabric well and handle them gently and you will be fine.
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    Try making the hexes with paper and without. Do the one that you like the best. I don't use paper, I handstitch the hexes together using a 1/4" seam and keep adding as I go. No stitches show at all.
    Got fabric?

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    I am just sewing the hexies together with 1/4" seams - no marks, no paper and no thread showing. So far, so good. After the first one they are laying perfectly flat and that one was fixable.

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    I've never used a paper foundation for hexies. Don't know why you'd need to, either. I think the answer is, there is no "Must". Do what works for you.

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    No, you don't have to use papers. Try it without and see if you like it. I have done it with and without, and like the papers best, but its a personal prefrence. I don't have to worry about 1/4 in. seams, or marking the seams etc. Just works for me.

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    That is English paper piecing and is used by people who like that style. You can use any way you want.
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    Here's something you may want to check out. http://www.cindyblackberg.com/ I took a class from her at the International Quilt Festival a few years ago. She is a hand piecer and has stamp sets for fabric. Scroll to the bottom of the home page for the link for templates and stamps.

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