Wednesday, January 9, 2013

the real {WIP Wednesday}



Caution:
Hexies at play!

So I've never actually used hexagons in a project (crazy, I know!) So how do you attach them to a quilted item?  Hand sew where the sides meet, then top-stitch down?  Hand applique each one? I've seen so many methods I don't even know where to start.
I fear my usual "wing-it" method just won't cut it this time.  Haha!

I do love the zig zag (or chevron) design this layout gives - which will be more pronounced once its on its proper background fabric - linen! 

7 comments:

Gina said...

You can hand sew those rows of hexies down using a tiny blind stitch ,then hand stitch a running stitch on the top for a quilted look using perle thread . I have also sewn hexies down with a decorative buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine. But I think the hand sewing looks nicer .

Laurie said...

Spray starch the heck out of them and use your iron too while the papers are still in. When they are crisp enough to your liking - take the papers out gently - use a seam ripper and don't iron them again after the paper is taken out. Then you can applique them onto anything- I have gone with machine stitching.

Becca-Lou Creates said...

Love these, I've often wondered the same about the stitching so would be interested in seeing how you tackle these.

I have always fallen at a hurdle before this one though....did you cut these out by hand? if not what machine did you use? I could never face the cutting of these.

You are a brave lady but I'm sure the result will be fabulous, looking forward to seeing it

Alisia said...

Love the seperated layout!

Cristin said...

Becca-Lou,
These hexagons are "english paper pieced" and you can find a pretty good explanation of that technique here: http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/2010/04/hexie-paper-piecing-tutorial.html

I've already pressed these and taken the papers out so they're ready for sewing!

Natalie said...

Love the hexies! I sew them all together, and then applique onto the quilt. Congrats on the twins!

Becca-Lou Creates said...

Cristin, thanks for the link, will look this technique up.
B