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    Popularity of hexagon quilts

    Sure seems like hexagon quilts are really popular again. I have many friends making hexagons...most with the English piecing using paper, and another friend just piecing with no paper. I so far have not started making them myself, but am so tempted.
    Just wondering which method you prefer...and why?

    Thanks for your input!

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    i love english paper piecing! i enjoy the process- love the precision from basting fabrics around the papers-then joining into blocks- it is a great portable project i can put together a little tin with every thing i need to create multiple blocks when ever i just want something to do- traveling, waiting, watching tv. one of my all time favorite hand projects.
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    When I did mine I used a template to cut them out then I used my 1/4 inch ruler to draw the sewing line on and hand sewed them together, I did flower by flower. Then put them together when I did the path. I have not done the epp because I was concerned about getting my needle thru the paper as one instructor showed me getting difficult over time. And the other process of basting it all, then sewing them together was a consideration, but I found it easier to just draw the sewing line and sew it once.

    I am using "quilt patis" to make an "I Spy" tumbling block quilt. Once I have enough for a complete row then I sew the blocks together I just pop the "patis" out and use them over and over again because they are made from a thin plastic. (www.steigerfamily.com/quilting/pati.htm)

    I do like the portability of it all. It is easy to throw together and take along to where ever you go.
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    While I don't want to do the small EPP ones, I am intrigued by the new big hexagon and 1/2 hexagon rotary cutting rulers. I have seen some great modern large hexagon quilts that I really
    like.

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    I hand pieced mine, as I don't enjoy doing paper piecing. It was easy. Hardest part was cutting the hexagons; these days I would probably use the Accuquilt Go! It wasn't that hard, though. First I cut fabric strips, then I used a metal template from Ardco to cut the hexagons. I had a template with the center cut out. At first I drew the sewing lines on each hexagon, using the template. Later I just put dots in each corner. Later I just "eyeballed" the 1/4-inch line, and everything turned out fine without any marking at all.

    Jinny Beyer just "eyeballs" her 1/4-inch seams. If you get a chance to watch one of her DVDs or a video demo by her, you can get all her tips for fast hand piecing. (Jinny Beyer is amazingly fast at hand piecing!) That's how I finally worked up the courage to eliminate marking the sewing lines on my pieces.

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    I just bought the Hickory Nut templates. They are really neat, adn there is a great tutorial on how to use them on this site..just search it..,.was done by a guy named Eddie. They make really great hexagons!

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    Sewing with Nancy and Fons and Porter both had segments on making hexagon quilts using 1/2 hexagon templates. Just cut "halves" (with a 1/4 seam allowance added) and piece them together on the machine - easy - peasy! I bought F & P hexagon templates with the 1/4 seam allowance printed on it. Have not used it yet though.
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    Missouri Star Quilt company has half hexy templates in 2 sizes. One uses jelly rolls (or 2 1/2" strips) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7c1ewoQV24

    The other one uses layer cakes (or 10" squares) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC6Vr2k5yrM

    I have both templates but havent' used them yet!!
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    I've been using the 1/2 hex pattern template. I've got a set of 3",4",5" & 6". Then I obtained a 10" template. I've made 6 tops & completed a frindship braid quilt for my sister-in-law. I'm not sure on how to post pictures here, but I got to tell you by using these different sizes I have found I waste less fabric. It's a great, fast way to use some of my stash. However with all this bias sewing, be careful not to stretch the strips, but I do use starch when pressing now. It was a learning lession.

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    2 more Missouri Star Quilt company videos using the half hex templates.

    Christmas Table Runner
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27r6eGwDzXA&list=UUWnhR7raxVFDHmDXqCIzuAw&index=21&feature=plpp_video


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    i do alot of EPP---and i do not sew through the papers at all---so it is not an issue- i fold the fabric over the paper edges & baste them- but i do not sew through the paper- i do not have to remove the basting stitches- they stay-unseen on the backs- and i simply pull the papers out to reuse them- i guess learning to EPP with mylar templates instead of paper made it a bit easier- i have seen some with the fabric stitched right through the paper & really did not understand why anyone would do that- then you have to unstitch all of those- i will take a couple pics of both sides of a couple of my blocks...
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    Here is my two cents worth - I have done hexies both ways - paper pieced (english) which I am enjoying right now - you have to have a long term perspective on this method. I have done the 1/2 hexies sewn together - much faster and can be done by machine. They are not the same look at all - EEP is a more traditional, grandmother look and the other can be very modern looking.

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    I've been making a GFG with hex's for the past 10+ years. It's my travel project and it have over 4,000 hex's in it, hence the loooong timeframe. I enjoy working on it. I made all my hex's using the Ardco template mentioned above.
    I drew the cutting line of the actual finished size on freezer paper, cut on the lines then ironed it to the wrong side of the fabric. Next I cut a 1/4" seam around each and then basted the pieces together. I baste into the paper, but I was able to remove the paper and use it again. I'm in the process of putting all the big blocks together and then will have to decide if I will hand or machine quilt.

    Here are a couple photos of the quilt blocks:
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    Beautiful GFG!! Love the colors

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    I'm now working on my 4th EPP quilt. Since we spend a lot of time driving to see my daughter perform with her college marching band, I have lots of idle time and enjoy doing this. I love the precision of the pieces all coming together so perfect. It's also easy to take with on our cruises. If I can't bring a sewing machine, at least I can bring a quilting project!

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    I use cardstock and punch a hole in the middle too.
    later you just pop the template out.

    you can also use the hole for a pin too hold your fabric while you are sewing it.
    Have a nice day and a safe one too!

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    Gfg wip

    Here's a picture of my GFG that's got 14 flowers left to go of the 110 flowers. I baste onto the cardboard, then starch them, pull the cardboard out & stitch them together. It was my truck project for over a year when I drove my 18 wheeler, now it's my TV time project. After the flowers are complete, I still have one row of white, then a scrappy row to finish it off.
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    About 5 years ago I purchased quilt pattis. Don't know if still available. I have parkinson(isms). These are perfect for hand work. Each piece selvage of shape is folded over plastic shape, baist a ling running stitch to hold shape. 40 are in my pack and i have saved every one of them. As each floweret for grandmothers flower garden is completed i pop out the plastic pieces. It is wonderfut! Like holding two cards tigether and stitch! The paper is too thin for me. I tried card stock. That workedbut love my plastic pieces. Thicker than butter lids.
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    Not one was shown at the national quilt show in Ohio. Also absent cathedril window pattetn. These two are labor intensive. The shoe had WOW factor as far as labor intensive quilts! Just more modern patterns. The Grandmother Flower Garden flowerets are fun to make as a scrappy too! Love this pattern!
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    My question is how do you get your whip stitching to look neat? I made a two big hex's and put batting inbetween and then ladder stiched it. Then quilted the individual hex block and attached them together with the other ones. But with the English paper piece and with only the two pieces of fabric it's hard for me to have an even stitch is there a secret someone will share?

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    My question do you necessarily need the ruler/template or can you use your rulers and cut with the degree lines of the smaller rectangular rulers?

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    check out the templates by Missouri Star Quilt Co. There are 2 sizes of hexis.....LOVE THEM !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    While I don't want to do the small EPP ones, I am intrigued by the new big hexagon and 1/2 hexagon rotary cutting rulers. I have seen some great modern large hexagon quilts that I really like.
    Me, too. Ever since I saw them on TV (was that on "Sewing With Nancy" or "Fons & Porter"? Or both maybe?), I've been ineterested in making one. I'd always thought they were off the table for me because Y-seams are not my thing (AT ALL) but with this new technique, there are no Y's to worry about. I agree, tho... it does seem like hexies are everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabricbug View Post
    My question is how do you get your whip stitching to look neat? I made a two big hex's and put batting inbetween and then ladder stiched it. Then quilted the individual hex block and attached them together with the other ones. But with the English paper piece and with only the two pieces of fabric it's hard for me to have an even stitch is there a secret someone will share?
    I am doing the traditional EPP method and my stitches are very tiny and very close together, almost overlapping. When putting the right sides together I have one side just a hair smaller at the stitching side so when I stitch it together the one fabric pulls a tiny bit over the top and the stitches don't hardly show. I hope this makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenowc View Post
    I've been making a GFG with hex's for the past 10+ years. It's my travel project and it have over 4,000 hex's in it, hence the loooong timeframe. I enjoy working on it. I made all my hex's using the Ardco template mentioned above.
    I drew the cutting line of the actual finished size on freezer paper, cut on the lines then ironed it to the wrong side of the fabric. Next I cut a 1/4" seam around each and then basted the pieces together. I baste into the paper, but I was able to remove the paper and use it again. I'm in the process of putting all the big blocks together and then will have to decide if I will hand or machine quilt.

    Here are a couple photos of the quilt blocks:
    I am doing a table topper the same way as yours in many colors but mostly red,green & yellow along with other flower colors . I am anxious to see how you finish yours as I have no idea how to do it, I just know what I don't want and that is a border and binding. I am thinking the last row should be half hexis but am not sure how to do them, do I cut one of my current templates in half and add a 1/4 or 1/2" seam allowance, then do the flip and sew method for the backing?. This is the only thing I can figure out. Any ideas will be more than welcome.
    Happy Quilting
    Judy in Lower Michigan

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