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Brenda in OZ31/03/2017 01:14:14
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Hi Everyone,

Do you like the look of hexagons? I love them in any fabric but making them by hand takes such a long time.

Some members of our quilt group requested a workshop to learn how to make hexagons on the sewing machine. I expected 8 or 10 members to turn up but on the day we had 18! It was a fun day and we achieved a lot.

Do any of you have pictures of items that you have made using hexagons on the sewing machine? Please post them if you have.

You make them one row at a time. They are very easy providing you keep the pieces in order, we found numbered pins were very useful.

Since then we have tried mixing hexagons with triangles and that gives a different look.

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rosemary Rosenfeld31/03/2017 08:35:34
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Love these Brenda.....like you ,,,,,,I love hexagons but can never face sewing them by hand!

best Rosemary

Margaret S31/03/2017 10:34:28
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Here is a quilt that I made in 2015 using the Sizzix Half Hexie Die. Easy to stitch by machine and then I used one of the machine embroidery stitches to quilt around each hexagon. I donated it to the local Girl Guides and they used it as a raffle prize. Yes, numbering is the key!!!

Sizzix Half Hexie Lap Quilt

Margaret

 

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Sylvia31/03/2017 17:33:30
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Can one of you explain briefly how to put hexies together by machine please.

rosemary Rosenfeld31/03/2017 17:51:29
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Hi Sylvia.....You sew together half hexagons a top half and a bottom one in order! And then make another row making sure you get them in the correct order... and join them together! And repeat as many times as needed!

I hope this makes sense? I'll try to make some pictures over the weekend if I can!

Best Rosemary

Margaret S31/03/2017 17:54:40
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Hi Sylvia

I used my Sizzix but it is easier for you to watch a youtube video by Missouri Star Quilt Co than for me to explain half hexies. Look for Missouri Star Quilt Co Using 5" Half Hexi Ruler. Very simple when you know how!

Margaret
Margaret S31/03/2017 18:02:37
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Hi Sylvia

Rosemary is right. It's as simple as that!

Brenda may have used another way with her hexies and triangles. You take a whole hexi and sew a triangle on to the top right side. You take a second hexi and sew a triangle onto the bottom left side. You butt the two together and join the seam formed by the triangles. Continue and this forms a straight row.

Well I think that's how you do it!

Margaret
Brenda in OZ01/04/2017 01:46:09
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Margaret, your quilt is beautiful! Our group has a gadget similar to your Sizzix and they are very good. Does it waste much fabric? Using decorative stitches for quilting is a good idea, we don't use them enough.

I had a look at your suggestion Sylvia. Do you still have to tackle "Y" seams when you join the rows?

I have uploaded a few pictures which might help. I worked with 2½ -inch wide jelly roll strips. You need to make a template for accurate cutting.

Take a piece of paper 5½ x 2½ -inches. Fold in half with the fold to the right and from the bottom left hand corner draw a 60 degree line to the top edge. Cut along this line. Open up and copy to a plastic template. Cut across the two bottom corners ¼-inch to make it easier to match your seams. (These drawings are not to scale!)

The template includes a ¼-inch seam allowance.

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A design board is very useful to lay out your half hexagons. Begin with one row, number your pieces and join them in order. Lay out the second row and repeat the process. Continue adding rows. My floor cushion measures 24 x 24 - inches with 12 rows and 7 pieces to each row.

I hope this helps.

Brenda in OZ

Margaret S01/04/2017 08:24:30
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Brenda

I was a bit out in remembering the instructions for hexies and triangles. Because you are making parallelograms there are no "y" seams.

Accuquilt have a good tutorial. Look for " Accuquilt Easy Baby Quilt using hexagons and equilateral triangles"

As regards my half hexie quilt, there was a bit of waste compared with using templates, but it was minimal and as I was using purely scraps I didn't mind.

Margaret
Sylvia01/04/2017 13:28:47
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Thanks very much ladies, I see it now. Using half hexies makes it possible. I couldn't think how one could do it by machine with whole ones.

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