Hassle-Free Hexagon Quilting
When I think of sewing hexagon quilts I’m always painfully aware of how much time and effort goes into creating them. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that’s a little off-putting, I mean its a whole lot of crafting commitment before you can see the finished results.
But, surely that’s not the right attitude to have!
I decided it was high time I gave myself a little team talk and get stuck into hand-piecing a hexagon quilt.
Think of that scene in Once Upon a Time In Mexico where Agent Sands (Johnny Depp) ask Cucuy (Danny Trejo): “Are you a Mexi-CAN or a Mexi-CAN’T?” Except, they are saying, Hexi…so, I ask you, Are you a Hexi-CAN or a Hexi-CAN’T?
Well, I have found three amazing products that take hassle out of creating the foundation hexagons – which, let’s face it, is a long drawn out process of of flapping about with scissors and paper scraps and takes a whole heap of time. Rather than cutting out paper pieces that need to tacked to the fabrics shapes before being removed for the final stages, try out Vilene Quickscreen Triangle. This interlining from their creative range is just the ticket for shaving hours off your make time! Printed with a series of triangle markings, you can use this as a grid to cut out neat, precise and (most importantly) identical hexagons- no matter how many you have to make. The best part, unlike paper piecing, this interlining is machine washable, so you don’t need to fuss about removing it once you’ve created your finished project.
Your fabric can be trimmed quickly and easily into shape with the aid of a EZ Quilting hexagon ruler – its a whole heap quicker than using a template and you can work with multiple layers of fabric at a time, to really get the show on the road.
Sewline fabric glue pens are a fairly new addition to my sewing kit, but now I have one I don’t think I’ll ever look back! Once you have your hexagon pieces cut, you need a way to secure the fabric around the piece of interlining – traditionally, with paper piecing this would be done with hand tacking (basting) stitches. Switching a needle and thread for fabric glue might sound a bit unconventional, but this will hold your pieces in places, allowing you to get on with creating your design.
So, what do you think? Let’s give this hassle-free hexagon quilting method a try!
Decide on the size of the completed hexagon, the EZ Quilting Ruler has a clever guide to show you the cutting lines for fabric including the seam allowance, and also the paper – or in our case, interling- hexagon template. Using the marked grids cut the Vilene into strips to correspond to the size required for the finished hexagon.
With the hexagon ruler positioned in place following the printed guides, trim the top with a rotary cutter to produce a point.
Flip the interlining over and repeat to cut another point at the other end, to create your hexagon. You can use scissors and just the guide lines to create your hexagons, personally I prefer to slice with a rotary cutter and ruler, I just find it a heap quicker and neater!
Using the exact same technique, slice your chosen fabric strips into the required width for you finished hexagons.
Place the ruler onto the fabric, using the guides to ensure that a seam allowance is being included and trim with a rotary cutter. Flip the fabric to create the second cut at the opposite end to complete the hexagon.
Now you’ll have both a fabric and interlining hexagon – you need one of each of these for every hexagon in you project. So, get cutting – see why I prefer this technique over fussing about with paper and templates?
Before you know it you’ll be getting into your groove cutting and slicking and you’ll have a stack of pieces ready for your quilt in no time!
Securing the fabrics to the interlining is a super quick if you swap stitching for Sewline fabric glue.
Place the interfacing hexagon on to the wrong side of the fabric hexagon. make sure there an an even border of fabric around each of the six sides of the interlining. I like to position the printed side of the interlining outermost, to avoid any show through.
Holding the glue pen straight up, so that the glue stick is flat to the surface of the fabric,smooth on a line of adhesive to the fabric. I love how the amount of glue applied is just right to cover the seam allowance and it goes on blue so I can see exactly where I’ve applied it, yet dries clear so doesn’t damage the appearance of the finished project – genius!
Neatly fold the fabric over the interlining and press carefully in place to secure.
Apply a line of glue to the fabric on the next side and fold over and press in place.
I think you can see where this is going, right? Keep working around the shape gluing, folding over and pressing in place the fabrics on each side – smoothing out any wrinkles as you go.
Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have all the hexagons your heart could desire!
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