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Old 02-23-2013, 07:59 AM
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I have brought pre-cut hexies by Robert Kaufman. There are 42 of them. I can piece the hexies out to how I want them for a table topper. How do you sew them together so they lay flat? Is it in one row? then sew them to that row?

have tried to sew them by machine but no luck. What is the secert?
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:10 AM
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I am new to them too - I just purchased a hex quilt kit from Tula Pink collection - I am going about it the old fashioned way - english paper piecing- my first time - never thought I would hand piece - but it's a nice to-go project. I believe you have to mark the quarter inch around the perimeter of the hexagon - then start sewing 1/4" before the edge and stop 1/4" before the end. As for how to go about it - I would just trial and error it - just see how it goes. I am curious as to the reponses you get because I need to know also.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:24 AM
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You could check out directions on line for Grandmother's Garden Quilt. It's one of my favorite quilt patterns and on my bucket list. I have bought plastic hexagon templates to make my hexagons with using reproduction 20's and 30's fabrics. To use the plastic templates, you draw around them adding a 1/4 inch seam (I have bought pencils that are 1/4 inch apart in a plastic holder from Keepsake Quilting just for this). You run basting stitch around the piece, pull it in over the plastic template and iron. Voila you have your hexagon. I am planning to hand sew them together with a whip stitch and use it as a take along project. I hope this gives you some ideas. I am sure others will have more ideas too! Have some fun with it!
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:27 AM
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Thanks I see that Moda is also comming out with pre-cut Hexies. But they do not tell you how to put them together.Shouldn't they at least tell you how to do it?
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:30 AM
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Check their web site, they may have a pattern and it might be free.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:35 AM
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I'm sure they could be machine pieced, but have never done it that way, so no advise there. I am on my 3rd hexagon quilt, (GFG) and use "english paper piecing" method. I use paper hexagon to stitch the fabric to, (print and cut my own) then whip stitch them together. Do a search for EPP and you will get lots of hits. I have to tell you, it is very addictive! At least it is for me. I'm already planning my 4th. Good luck with how ever you do it.
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There's English Paper Piecing - make hexagons the finished size out of freezer paper and iron them to the wrong side of the fabric hexagons. Iron edges over the freezer paper and hand-sew. I had trouble with this using 1/2" hexagons. I ended up just using the hexagons as a guide for where to sew.

So, that leaves another option - use the freezer paper as a guide as to where to sew. Or use a plastic template to mark the sewing line on the wrong side of the fabric.

The most important part is to start and stop sewing 1/4" from the edges of the hexagon. And to stay on the sewing line.
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I'm too impatient to mark all of the hexagons, and sew them together using my machine and a 1/4" foot in addition to a 1/4" mark going crosswise in front of the needle. Put two hexagon edges right sides together. Start 1/4" from the beginning of that edge (it's probably 2" or 3" depending on the size of the hexagon), sew a 1/4" seam and stop 1/4" from the end. That's why you need the crosswise mark on your machine plate. Open up the two hexagons that you have sewn together and press. They'll be joined along a short edge. Take a point of a third hexagon and you will see how it fits between the edges of the two you have already sewn. Now you have two edges to sew together with a "Y" seam. As long as you start and stop 1/4" from the end of each seam you'll be just fine. Press again. Pretty soon you'll have a bunch sewn together!
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Moda did indeed have a tutorial on how to sew those pre-cut hexagons. Here it is.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2013/02/...mbs-quilt.html
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There is a YouTube video on machine piecing hexagons.
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