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Thread: English Paper Pieced Hexagons

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    Here is how I make my hexagons. First I make the paper pieces. I use this site to print off one template.
    http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal/

    I make 1" hexagons, which are 1" on each side. I print off one sheet, then put 5 sheets of scrap paper under it and cut all at once.
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons001.jpg[/IMG]

    Now cut 2.5" squares from your fabric.

    Place the template in the middle of the fabric. I like to do it kind of diagonally.
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons012.jpg[/IMG]

    I use hand quilting thread and John James betweens needles. Cut a length of thread the length of your forearm or so.

    Finger press one corner together.
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons004.jpg[/IMG]

    Bring the needle from the back to the front, going through the paper and the 2 layers of fabric. I use this video to help me http://vimeo.com/10990847

    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons006.jpg[/IMG]

    Then go down through again
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons007.jpg[/IMG]

    I like to do this twice on the first corner. Then repeat for all the corners.
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons009.jpg[/IMG]

    I don't cut my thread after this, I string about 3 together.
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons013.jpg[/IMG]

    Here are your hexies on the back.
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons010.jpg[/IMG]

    And here are your finished hexies!
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...exagons014.jpg[/IMG]

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    how do you join the hex's?? I've never paper pieced!!

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    That will have to be the next installment! Try this great video: http://vimeo.com/11382391

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    AWESOME O'ASH! Thanks!!!

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    wonderful video!! thanks!! O darn, another todo!! :) :)

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    What a great tute. Thanks.

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    Thank you for the great tute! :D:D:D

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    It is very addictive too, great for tv watching or traveling

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    In sewing the single hexagons together are you using quilting thread or regular sewing thread?. I have cut out 1.45 inch hexagons and I think will cut 3 3/4 squares. Thanks for any input, cindy

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    Would you please tell me how do you remove the paper..I am new at quilting and piecing.. Thanks!!

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    thanks, I bookmarked it adding to my to do list. :? I better get busy.

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    So you leave the paper in them?? Doesn't that make for a very "crinkly" sounding quilt? And then what happens when you wash the quilt? English PP quilting has me VERY confused.

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    You will evetually remove the paper. Give her time i am sure she will get there. Good Tute so far.

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    When the hexagons are all joined up you remove the paper.

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    We had a guest speaker who showed us a Hexagon quilt in process that she took everywhere to work on. Wow! Five of us in our mini group are now creating one, all so different.
    Always been popular, but I think it will become extremel popular again!

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    I made a Grandmother's Garden Quilt using this method. I used index cards for the templates and kept a stack of them plus the fabric pieces in a candy box, took it with me whenever we went on a trip. Basted them, then whipstitched them together while sitting in the back seat like the queen. Hubby and sons do the driving. I learned this method watching some 4-H girls at the county fair and I think of them often teaching the teacher. I used the templates over and over.
    This was also my mother's favorite quilt pattern but she didn't use the paperpiecing method, just folded and stitched them together, paper method works much easier.
    Carol J.

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    Thanks for the great tutorial, now for the question. What do you use to cut your paper hexagons and how do you keep the layers from shifting while you do it?

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    My template is 1 7/8" on each side. I use the pesky little cards that fall out of magazines when you read them. I use to just throw them away. They are just the right thickness and have sometimes have pretty pictures on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    My template is 1 7/8" on each side. I use the pesky little cards that fall out of magazines when you read them. I use to just throw them away. They are just the right thickness and have sometimes have pretty pictures on them.
    I do not understand how to remove the paper, if you have sewn though the paper while shaping the hexagon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindagor
    Thanks for the great tutorial, now for the question. What do you use to cut your paper hexagons and how do you keep the layers from shifting while you do it?
    Last night I stapled around the edge of the sheets of paper and it seemed to help somewhat. One staple on each side. I wanted a larger shape and was able to get 1.45 with the same count as the 1 inch. When going to 1.5 it cut the count down considerably. Today I will try and figure out what size of a square I need.

    Are there any math wizard out there.
    If an one inch sided hexagon needs a 2.5 square ,,, then what size square would work for my 1.45 inch sided haexagon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Cindy
    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    My template is 1 7/8" on each side. I use the pesky little cards that fall out of magazines when you read them. I use to just throw them away. They are just the right thickness and have sometimes have pretty pictures on them.
    I do not understand how to remove the paper, if you have sewn though the paper while shaping the hexagon?
    You are just basting to the paper. You remove your basting stitch after connecting all the hexegons and then pop the paper forms out and reuse for the next project. I'm not sure how well plain paper holds up to re-use, they are not very stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Cindy
    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    My template is 1 7/8" on each side. I use the pesky little cards that fall out of magazines when you read them. I use to just throw them away. They are just the right thickness and have sometimes have pretty pictures on them.
    I do not understand how to remove the paper, if you have sewn though the paper while shaping the hexagon?
    You are just basting to the paper. You remove your basting stitch after connecting all the hexegons and then pop the paper forms out and reuse for the next project. I'm not sure how well plain paper holds up to re-use, they are not very stiff.

    silly me, of course one would remove the basting threads and then it would just pull out( couldnt see the forest for the trees), lol..
    Now does anyone have the math questions answer?

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    For the math question, just measure accross the widest point and add 1/2 inch {about 4in}, then measure top to bottom and add 1/2 inch {about 3 3/4in} so if you want to cut squares, then a 4 inch square ought to be just right. The addition of the 1/2 in will be enough to turn over a 1/4 inch for your 'seam' when you stitch the hexegons together. You can trim off, or leave any extra fabric around the shorter widths. If working with irregular shaped swatches you could just pin your template and cut out 1/4 inch larger than the template.

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    That is my carry along project. I just keepmaking the little hexagons and eventually I will decide what I want to create. Mine is scrappy but I like scrappy

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    Thank you for doing that, and God bless.

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