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    Super Member misseva's Avatar
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    Hexies - how do you...

    put them together? Do you make up one flower and add the path around it or do you make all the flowers then decide on where to place them and then make the paths?

    In what order do you attach? How do you handle it when it gets too big to carry around?

    Need your thoughts. Do you make a gazillion individual hexies then start putting the flowers together?
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    I'm a neophyte for GFGs ... so you can take it for what it's worth.

    It depends what mood I am in and where I am doing it whether I make a bunch of hexies ahead and join them or join as I go.

    For mine I have only been using three fabrics, so there wasn't much deciding. Just had to be careful to put the right colour in the right spot.

    And ... as simple as that was ... I still managed to put a flower in the wrong spot. To remove the whip stitching was next to impossible. (Listen to me about this part ... be sure you have them in the right place before stitching!!)

    What started to be just a small table topper as a GFG trial run ...
    ... by necessity, grew to be a larger table topper.
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    I'm using the Inklingo method for mine. I've cut bunches of centers (all shades of yellows) and sets for dozens of flowers. I have them in a coupon folder so I can take them with them. I sew each flower individually and then leave the completed flowers at home.

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    Hexies are very in right now - Guess I need to find my project from years ago and do something with it!! You're giving me the bug.

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    I think any of the way you said would work -

    I think it might be a good plan to have some idea of what you were planning to do with them before starting to put them together - there are other layouts besides the GFG layout - that are kind of interesting.

    If I was doing various flowers from scraps, I would do the flowers first and then lay them out.

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    I am working on a 3 color GFG now, and I am using the hexie-as-you-go method. LOL. I make 1 flower at a time and sew it into the bigger quilt top. I make enough hexies for 1 flower and then sew the flower together. If it was a scrappy look, it would be better to make a few flowers and then plan out the positioning of them before sewing together on the paths.

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    search for Grandmothers flower garden and hexagons. there are tons of tutorials out there and probably here too. I did individual or framed hex's and made a whole quilt with them. did them in rows and sewed the rows together by hand.
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    My GFG quilts are scrappy. I made a WHOLE BUNCH of flowers, then put them to gether with green path. Did npt use the traditional layout however. I am working on a hexie quilt now only making diamonds instead of flowers. Did the same way. Made lots of diamonds then whipped stitched them together after I deceided on the layout. I am making half diamonds now to finish up the sides. Need to make one more!! I'm getting there!! I didn't carry anything around once I started putting them together.

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    I am doing the American flag. If you get the hex paper, 8-1/2 x 11, you can draw and color in the design you want.
    I made the "stars" as stars on a blue background fabric, fussy cutting each one out. Then I made the red and white
    strips. I want to frame this one. I plan to demo this method at our quilt show this coming Aug. 8-9-10, 2013 which
    will be held at the School for the Blind in Newark, DE. If you want more info, just email me.

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    I started a GFG about 11 years ago - it has over 2000 hexes in it so it's taken a lot of time. I usually only work on it while traveling or used to sew on it at my daughters horse shows. Mine is made of us individual blocks then put together with a cream sash then a dark green joining them together. I will post a couple photos that shows what one block looks like. Each block features the same yellow center and green for leaves. The blocks each have a different fabric for the flowers.
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    Hi Nativetexan, I had 'gone off' hex quilts but your floral one looks so beuatiful It set me off again. I'm not sure what you mean by framed hexs, it looks as if some of them have a narrow border around them?

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    they are done individually. sometimes called framed. look for a tute here on hickory nuts I think they called them. anyway, I cut my hex's and batting the same size (if you want batting). then cut the backing at least one inch larger. laid the batting right side up, placed batting and hex fabric on top. then folded one "straight edge" backing over 1/4 inch to touch the hex raw edge, then fold over 1/4 again. this last fold will come over the hex fabric. pin, go to next edge and fold and fold, pin. then keep going. then either hand stitch that backing down or machine stitch. also can stitch inside the main hex fabric with a design. it's sort of quilt as you go. Enjoy. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ks-t27345.html

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    I'm making a GMG with 30's reproduction fabrics. All flowers will have a yellow center, a solid in the first round to coordinate with the print in the second round, then a third round of white. I'm using the English paper piecing method. I am piecing all flowers first and will put them together with either a green path of hexies or a green path of diamonds. I haven't decided on that as yet. I'm leaning toward diamonds, but I'm using 1 inch hexies and that means a very small diamond. I have 27 of the 67 flowers needed. I only work on this when I'm traveling or have long waits in doctors, etc. offices. We're on road trips the next two weekends so I'll get an opportunity to work on it again.

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    I'm working on my second GFG. I have a box I carry around for working on the individual flowers and the border for that flower, then I put them together at home while watching TV. Both of mine have been scrappy and I haven't obsessed too much about where each flower will go, however I did start out by planning which fabric combinations would go together into each flower, then cut all my hexes with my Go! cutter and clipped them together with binding clips. This way I just grab a bundle of hexes and matching thread to throw in my box and I'm ready to go.

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    I am doing a scrappy GFG quilt. I am alternating scrappy colored flowers with cream colored flowers with scrappy centers. I waited until I had about 45 colored flowers and about 20 cream colored flowers and then I had to start sewing them together to see what it would look like. I am trying to coordinate the colors as I go ,but I also think let the scraps fall where they may and it will all work out.

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    My DH received a partially done GFG from his grandmother years ago and I am finally getting it put together. I am making lots of black hexes, I use card stock to sew the fabric to and then whip stitch them together. Yes be careful of placements, I had a hard time undoing a seam when I sewed too many in a row. Since I am laying them on top of what was built I remove the papers and baste around the inside and outside of the circle, starch them well. Then I use the school glue and iron the ring over the flower to lock everything in place and stitch them down. I am using green diamonds to join everything. With what we were given it should be large enough for our bed. My DH remember the fabric in the flowers so it is a memory quilt which is why I have the black fabric with little white flowers surrounding the flowers.

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    Which ever way you choose to do your flowers, enjoy the hand work. I find it very relaxing and am surprised how quickly it goes.

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    I'm making flowers using the 1.25" templates. I plan on putting a green path around each flower, then sewing it together in sections. They sure are addictive!
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    I would love to see a picture of yours! I am thinking of doing one that way. My other thought was to use fusible/iron then sew.
    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    they are done individually. sometimes called framed. look for a tute here on hickory nuts I think they called them. anyway, I cut my hex's and batting the same size (if you want batting). then cut the backing at least one inch larger. laid the batting right side up, placed batting and hex fabric on top. then folded one "straight edge" backing over 1/4 inch to touch the hex raw edge, then fold over 1/4 again. this last fold will come over the hex fabric. pin, go to next edge and fold and fold, pin. then keep going. then either hand stitch that backing down or machine stitch. also can stitch inside the main hex fabric with a design. it's sort of quilt as you go. Enjoy. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ks-t27345.html

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    Check out the book by Dr Peggy G Rhodes and Julia c woods!! "Quick and Easy Hexie quilts". It s great book and and has a great technique for making hexies quickly and easily!! I love it. I will never again make hexies the old way! I highly recommend it!

    http://www.amazon.com/Quick-Easy-Hex.../dp/1604600551

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