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Thread: CLASS - DEC 2 2007 - MACHINE STITCHED HEXAGONS

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    Here are the first three photos [NOTE: the edited chat transcript is available on Page 2 of this thread.]

    1. first, clip the corners of your first flower petal. you don't need to clip the center.

    2. lay your first petal face down on the center, making sure it all lines up.

    3. sew your first seam. make sure to stay between the clip lines.

    backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam
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    it's very important to not go past the corners. you'll see why as you go along.

    if you do go past, get your seam ripper out and clip the extra stitches.

    see the picture
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    ok, press the petal open and lay the next petal face down on the center, lining up 5 of the six sides.

    see photo

    sew from the outer end in toward the other petal.

    when sewing hexagon flowers, or to create y-seams, it's best to sew toward the inner join whenever possible.
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    next step is to press the second petal open, then lay the third petal face down, lined up on the center. just as you did the first and second

    as i hope you can see from the next set of photos, you'll go all the way around the flower that way. always center the petal face down on the center, then sew from the outer edge in toward the previous petal

    use straight-pins to anchor the petals and to make sure you don't sew past the corners.

    if you do sew past the corners, you really need to pick away the extra stitches using your seam ripper
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    as you go around the flower, clip the petals in the corners. be very careful to not clip past the line.

    hopefully, this photo will illustrate the way the little clips help each new petal tuck into the previous petal.
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    now that we have all six petals sewn to the center, it's time to sew the petals to each other. as before, we want to sew from the outer edge in toward the center. AND we do NOT want to sew too far. we want to stop at the corner. backstitch both ends of the seam.
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    ok ... ready for steps 5 and beyond

    i want you to note the extra clipping at the corners in the center. you don't have to notch them, but the petals lay flatter if you do.

    as usual, the photos came up out of order. in step 7, the flower is all pressed. notice, please, how i pressed everything to the side, going in the same direction around the flower. that's the best way to keep it flat if you aren't pressing the seams open.
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    heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's the flower!

    notice how it lays flat ... that's because we took the time to make sure we didn't sew too far in toward the center; because we clipped carefully; and pressed neatly.

    all of this is going to make the next round of patches go on very easily.
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    now we're ready for the contrasting ring around the flower.

    once you have the hex where you want it, clip the center corner, flip it face down, pin into place, then sew from the outer edged into the v
    kep in mind that these photos are out of order.

    in 0613.jpg, i've already sewn the first half of the "Y" and have lined up and pinned for the second half

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    next photo shows a ring hex positioned face up.
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    next, that patch has been flipped face down; clipped and tucked in at the center; pinned to hold it in place, then sewn from the other edge in. just as we've done several times already.
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    sewn and flipped up
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    this is what it looks like when you're ready for the next seam.

    now flip it so the open half of the "Y" is lined up with the next petal. when you turn it face down, it will fold the other petal in half

    line up the background with the petal, then flip the whole thing over.

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    when it's flipped, pin at the center as we always do, then sew from the outer edge in.
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    when you flip the flower back open, you will see the background hex sewn neatly into place.

    i call this a "Y ON EARTH WAS I KILLING MYSELF TO DO THE Y SEAM AS ONE CONTINUOUS SEAM?"

    it's easier and gets the job done.

    :P
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    eventually, you'll get to a point at which you have a "U" to sew; not just a "Y"
    when you get to the "U", just do the same thing you did when it was time to sew the 6th petal to the center

    pin on both sides; sew across; then sew the left and righ side seams to complete the "U"
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    my block

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    Love those Christmas colours, heres my block so far, I'm slow lol

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    this is my garden block. many, many, MANY more to go. there will be white patches between them so they "float" on the background.
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    the edited chat transcript.
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    You guys! These are GREAT!!! Wowie!

    I'd no idea this was going on (note to self: check the board more often!!) Thank you, Patrice, for teaching and for posting all these great pics! I want to copy everybody who has posted so far. May I? SO pretty!

    I'd often wondered if there was clipping involved in assembling hexagons. Now I know! Blessings on your head, oh Teacher of Hexagons! :D

    (ooh, now I really MUST finish my other class project... the flip & sew table runner!)

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    This is an awesome class!!! I am a new quilter and thought hexagons would be too hard but you make it look so easy!

    Thanks,
    Kay Kelly

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    I just found this today and would like a copy of the file. Is that possible? I could download each photo, but would like the instructions too.

    Thanks for your help

    Kay Kelly

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    Well - duh. Found the instructions. Downloaded the pics and instructions. Thanks Patrice.

    Kay

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    this is my garden block. many, many, MANY more to go. there will be white patches between them so they "float" on the background.
    Beautiful job, Patrice! I LOVE the Jewish star material. I have been searching for Jewish themed fabric and all seem to have gold metallic in the pattern (which I think cheapens the look). Where did you get yours? Who is the manufacturer?? Thanks in advance. Happy Hanukkah!!!
    bev. :]

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