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Thread: Hexagons Machine Sewed

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    Hexagons Machine Sewed

    Hexes have always intrigued me. I don't mind setting in but when wants to make a charm quilt with tiny hexes, one doesn't want to do that lol. I did some research and found that some techniques, cut the hex in half. This forms a little boat like patch. The patches are then machine sewed in rows and then the rows are joined and it goes very fast. I don't want to do that either.

    Then there is the English paper piecing by hand and that's not going to happen. And so I did this. I did two things. The first one was to cut some 1.5 strips from my decorator line of fabrics to test the pattern. I made a strata and cut an equilateral triangle angle. Just put the ruler on your 60 d mark, cut, turn. Line the ruler up with the point of the tri and the 60 d at the bottom and cut your first tri, then alternate and keep cutting tri's. Sew 3 tri's together and that is half of the Hex.

    Now you sew these together in a row and then join the rows and you have a nice hex scrappy and I don't mind this type of hex cut in half. The next post will show the other way.
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    Little Hex Scrap or Charm

    When I first started to quilt, I took some classes from Sharon Hultgren. She was an excellent teacher. I bought all her books at the time, as they were learning books and all her rulers, as I was very impressed at what they could do. Instead of templates, you could cut diamonds, Hexes and all sorts of shapes with her rulers and her books all had tutorials on how to use them.

    So out came the book and the ruler to cut hexes. I had decided to do 1.5 hexes. You use the ruler to cut the strips for that size. (You can't use a regular ruler for this.) I had some strips left over from my last three quilts so to practice, I pulled these out.

    first you place the ruler on the 1.5 mark and cut that angle and then turn and cut the size listed and then turn twice and cut the points off and there you have perfect hexes.
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    I started to sew the hexes together in a row (no set in) edge to edge and back tack. Then I lined up two rows to make sure the placement is right. Now the sewing is very important at this stage. Sew from the beginning of the first side and just before you get to the seam line, back stitch. In other words, do not sew over the seam. Now, line the other side of the hex up and sew from the seam line to the end and so on.

    Now finger press all the seam in direction they want to go and the press the back and the front.
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    This works so well and doesn't take any time at all, well with lots of little hexes lol. I will do these here and there as I gather up more scraps to cut from. This was just a quickie.

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    I have seen them sewn like that. If you can't use a regular ruler to cut these I guess they would have to be cut by templates? Doubt I will ever get around to trying this. Too many quilts I want to make. Doubt I would have enough patience for this.
    Someone would love to try this. Thanks for posting. It will be a beautiful quilt.
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    Wow what fun. I spent the day off and on looking at peoples hexies on the web. Yours are great. thanks for the small tutorial using the machine to sew them together.
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    You're very good at teaching. Still not sure I want to try this one, but you've gotten my attention. Like what you're doing with that first one a lot.
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    Rosy, love your tutes, keep up the good work!!!

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    thanks for the great tutorial... hexes are on my bucket list
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    Thanks ladies, last year, hexes were all the rage on the web and I didn't have time to think about them. Usually I fall back on my sewing/seamstress experience. I figured, it's just like a pivot point, or skipping the seams, in this case, just sew up to the seam and leave the seam free. I have done this with lot of things, especially when designing a doll or animal pattern.

    With a doll face, where the seam is down the middle of the face, if you sew across the seam, you will have pocket on the front. So either you sew up to the seam or cut the seam way down at an angle. It helps to remember these little shortcuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liking quilting View Post
    You're very good at teaching. Still not sure I want to try this one, but you've gotten my attention. Like what you're doing with that first one a lot.
    That is a big block and will go fast and easy to sew and will take a of lots of scraps. I have these large decorator sample pieces, so I just cut the strips from those on the straight of grain. This will be a heavy duty quilt as that fabric is a bit heavier.

    I will work on the big strip blocks some more as it won't take that many to make a nice size throw etc. I will mix the tri's up so different fabrics will be together as I don't want to match fabrics in the same unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have seen them sewn like that. If you can't use a regular ruler to cut these I guess they would have to be cut by templates? Doubt I will ever get around to trying this. Too many quilts I want to make. Doubt I would have enough patience for this.
    Someone would love to try this. Thanks for posting. It will be a beautiful quilt.
    Yes, you would have to have a template, unless you could figure it out but it would be too much work to cut it with a regular ruler.

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    Thank you for posting this tutorial!

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    great tut and information. thanks for taking the time
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    Wow...looks great..Thanks for sharing...

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    How like you this?

    I like that little saying. I heard it in the "Tudors". Gosh, I have written an entire post and IE said it stopped working and I lost my entire post. This is a fairly new computer with windows 8. It does this quite often and it's just aggravating. I noticed as I was typing that at the bottom it says, Auto save. Does that mean my post is saved somewhere and I can retrieve it? Anybody know?

    Anyway, I played around with my hexes yesterday and decided that some “Inner City” blocks would look different in this quilt. I put a few in and really like it. I then cut some cat face and like the, “I Spy” and I love it. I will search my stash for more cute stuff to put in. So far it’s all on the board not sewed yet except for the two top rows.
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    To make the Inner City blocks, you have to sew one of each of these two strips together of light/dark; medium/light; medium/dark, the size of this strip must be the size of the original strip that you made the first hexes with. For instance. If the size strip was two inches for the hexes, the strips for the I C block will be one inch each strip plus your seam allowance, to end up being 2 inches.

    Today when I cut and sew a few more I will demonstrate it.

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    this is something I would like to try. Please keep your tutorials coming. If you have some Hexagons already cut could you make the pattern you have on design wall with them or do you have to have that sp ruler I really like the look. Thanks Juanita

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanitaBean View Post
    this is something I would like to try. Please keep your tutorials coming. If you have some Hexagons already cut could you make the pattern you have on design wall with them or do you have to have that sp ruler I really like the look. Thanks Juanita
    You could use the cut Hex for a template Juanita but I just like using the ruler.

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    Thanks so much Rosy for your tutorials! I love your last recent combo post with the inner city blocks! Love them together!
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    I am going to work on my hexes today. I was detained with other boring stuff hahahahah....anyway, I will keep you posted. ...soon.

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    A little story. At the moment as I am typing, there is a little dog inside my shirt lol. I am wearing a t- top with a scoop neck. The little dog is Milly and she is 1 year old. Every now and then, when I am at the computer, she asks to be picked up and crawls into my shirt and goes to sleep.

    She does this because, she was a very sick puppy when I got her, weighing only 1 pound and the Vet didn't expect her to live. I would have her in my shirt or in a scarf tied around my neck morning to night and I think she found the will to live and with the Vet and mother's lover, she made it.

    She now weighs 5 pounds and is as healthy as an ox lol. She is very dear to me.

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    I just love your story. My little granddog just went to the vet, she jumped playing and tore a tendon. Now she is in a large bed and has to be down for 2 weeks, no running or playing. And another 4 under close supervision. Our Son has her , but we love her too.

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    I love all your tutorials..keep them coming...and Thank-you!

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    thanks! those dreaded Y seams. I can do them but I dont' like them.

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