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Thread: Tip toe through hexagons Cutie style, assembling blocks

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    So here we are early Monday morning ( at least for me) and there are at least a few chomping at getting going on the assembly part of our project. Which I can talk some before I actually have to get moving and take some pictures. We are working with an equalateral triangle. Which for those that remember back that far in math it has three equal sides. For us that means that we can make three different blocks from the same pieces. So the first thing I want you to do is to audition the first couple of blocks in all three layouts before deciding which one you like the best. Now remeber that you are still going to loose the outside 1/4 inch so it won't be quiet what you see when you put it together. Really pay attention to what makes you decide to put them that way. Because you won't want to be auditioning the whole stack of blocks. Sooner or later you will want to be able to just pick the up and sew. Which in reality you can do that as well. This is just to show you the differences at the moment

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    Pick up and sew, yeah, right! I preview every block I sew. Hugs

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    It will get there where you recognize what you are looking for. A specific thing in the piece that will stand out. Like your stripe. Notice how it reacts to where it it. If it is a bit do you want the bit in the venter. If it is all along the edge. Do you want it to run the outside. After the first 100 blocks or so it gets easier. Just kidding. It takes as long as it takes. My mom when she was helping me with one did it til the end. She was growling at me as I just picked them up took one look and could pretty much tell which way I wanted it to go. And really, there is no wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    So here we are early Monday morning ( at least for me) and there are at least a few chomping at getting going on the assembly part of our project. Which I can talk some before I actually have to get moving and take some pictures. We are working with an equalateral triangle. Which for those that remember back that far in math it has three equal sides. For us that means that we can make three different blocks from the same pieces. So the first thing I want you to do is to audition the first couple of blocks in all three layouts before deciding which one you like the best. Now remeber that you are still going to loose the outside 1/4 inch so it won't be quiet what you see when you put it together. Really pay attention to what makes you decide to put them that way. Because you won't want to be auditioning the whole stack of blocks. Sooner or later you will want to be able to just pick the up and sew. Which in reality you can do that as well. This is just to show you the differences at the moment
    I had to repeat this! It took me a minute to understand - - three sides, three different possible OBW .... LOL ... no wonder your mom was growling at you she was probably like me - - the way it looks is just fine, what do you MEAN, I have to make a choice????? LOL I was impressed with the first lesson about selecting fabric, lining it up, cutting the triangles (and, happy!) and, now you point out that in two hexagons, there are SIX different looks! Oh, my! the possibilities! LOL just so cool to have someone who can see that ... I don't know if I would have gotten to it without your input. Good show!

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    I am all ready to sew.

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    Great, i am not but I am happy that someone is, my fire is taking a bit to get going and warm me up, so here is what you do after auditioning your block, take two pieces and right sides together and sew from the center out, do that for two sets, press your seams open and add the third piece and sew, I find it easiest to sew from the center out, and press and then pin the twins together to make a whole block, (pictures to follow)

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    I am pressing open as there is a lot of bulk other wise when putting the blocks together. this spreads it out,


    I do not trim my points, when I am assembling the blocks I like them to help line up my pieces and probably just to lazy to cut them off afterwards, some times I nip them when I am cutting the pieces apart as I chain piece, and we will be covering how I do that with these as well,

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    I can already tell I need to move my ironing board close to my sewing table, this is going to be alot of getting up going on. Sewing looks simple enough. When I get some done Ill post a picture. This is fun.

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    ohhhhhh goodie! didnt you mention to only sew three and then three and leave the two sides in half???

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    yes, so you end up with two pieces, this is one of the only times that I will actually pin anything, and that is to keep the pieces together until the next step, no way I want to be sorting pieces to find matches.

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    Auditioning my first block..........
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    Looking at them I would go with one of the first two, but there is nothing wrong with the third one either, it is personal preference,

    So i went with the first one anyway. and did my first two seams,
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    Press your seams open and line up your next piece, it is important to have straight which is your middle as it isn't always easy to tell what it the center and you want to keep it straight or you will be picking if you get it wrong, because part of the piece is hidden in the seam it isn't always easy to match up the way that they should go,
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    So our seam should look like this, the corner is where our seam should rest, if it doesn't it means that you are not consistant in your seam allowance, with this block if you do not have a perfect 1/4 inch it doesn't really matter, what matters is that you have the same seam allowance all the way through, your points will be where they are supposed to be if you do,
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    So we press open once again and then we have our two pieces that should look identical,
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    And this os one of the only time you will see me pin on a block, the last thing you want is all these pieces getting mixed up, trying to sort them is a pain, ask me how I know.......

    Overlay then so that they will be approx where they would be if they were sewn and stick a pin or two depending on how big your block is, usually one will do it,


    And we are done our first block, this is as far as they go until you go to put the whole top together,
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    Looks like I am doing this right.

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    wow! great pics!!!
    I was seeing how much my blocks changed in color value when I turned them! what color is at the center is dominant. which is great! I think I ended up with more greens than yellow, and now I evened them out, AND now they all look different, no two alike just by turning them :)

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    Seeing them in a picture makes my eyes see them better.
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    You are doing great, this is the fun part seeing how all the blocks come together,


    Changeing them changes where your eye focuses on but doesn't change the over all value of the block, you will see how they blend when they are put side by side,


    Pictures really help, a lot, keep taking them, it is easier to see what it looks like in a picture than standing up close,

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    When I decide what I am going to use in my center I spread them like this for ease of picking up the pieces, I leave the point up and move it to the right, under the arm of the machine until I am ready for it again
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    I sew two by two and stack the remaining pieces on the right, keeping the centers pointed up, everything is kept in order this way, I don't cut the pieces off,

    (this is for when you are ready to move froward from doing one block at a time)
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    I cut them apart, starting with the first one that I put together and leave it on top, I stack everything to the bottom, so when I press, the first ones are on the bottom of the pile, just like the pieces that are left to put on,

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    pressed and stacked, the press pile matches the piece pile,
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    For now I had better stick with just one block at a time, I have progressed to doing 2 piece strip piecing for now.

    I need need need an extension table for my machine. I might see if Hubb's can make me one.

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    I would get lost for sure doing them two by two. I want to get this one block by block, next time MAYBE.

    Great pictures, Cute, what tea are you drinking. May have to go get me of dat!

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