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Janet M27/07/2009 23:19:09
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The mind boggles!!
Jytte28/07/2009 13:01:09
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Just remembered - reading Janet's sad story - that I started off some time in the beginning of the 70's on making a hexagon quilt. I must say that at that point I didn't like paper piecing very much - too impatient I guess. I had always used a sewing machine for all sorts of work . A friend persuaded me to try paper piecing. I got going, using some Laura Ashley fabrics I bought cheaply. I am sure some of it was furnishing fabric.!
But - I made them far too big, and realised after a few that it would not look nice making a quilt, so I used some of them to make some cushions. They were so ugly!!
I don't know what happened to the cushions as I gave them away and they are now gone.
But i realise I have two or three bits left somewhere. Maybe I will find them and have a look.
I still don't like paper piecing very much. At the moment I am struggling with making some miniature quilt samples for my course. Some of them have to be paper piecing. 
Francoise Vrabel07/09/2009 09:37:05
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I've just finished this small wallhanging inspired by the hydrangeas in my garden last year.
Years ago I made a bag from haxagons, arranged in light and dark stripes, but dont have it any more.
Like many of us, I started in the early 70s, paper piecing hexagons from Laura Ashley fabrics, making cushions for Xmas presents. Eventually I made a bed cover, not quilted, just backed with calico which shrank when washed, and said never again! I started again about 15 years ago, by machine.
Irene B07/09/2009 10:11:23
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Lovely wallhanging Francoise.  I like the soft colours.
Irene B
Kay A15/07/2014 20:46:07
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I've just found this really old thread when I did a search for hexagons, as I've been thinking about trying them & making a scrap quilt. After reading all of the stories where people have added to them over the course of years & used old clothes which have held sentimental value I am completely in love with the idea!

As someone who is still new to patchwork I am now starting to understand how people end up with so many UFOs x

Anyone got any advice on the size of the hexagons? I was thinking 2" would be big enough to see the fabric pattern but not too big.

Alison16/07/2014 10:01:37
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Hi KayKay,

Be careful starting on this it is addictive!

You need to consider what size scraps you have, hexagons with sides of 2" will need scraps of about 4 1/2" square, this seems a big scrap to me, but then I'm the idiot who uses hexagons with 1/4" sides needing only 1" square scraps. I can't remember what size I used when I started, too many years ago, really it's up to personal preference and as I said the size of scraps you want/have to use.

2" sides need 4 1/2" square
1 1/2" sides need 3 1/2" square
1" sides need 2 3/4" square

These are just rough amounts rounded up to the nearest 1/4".

I hope this helps, if you have any questions please ask.


Margaret S16/07/2014 10:37:02
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Hi KayKay

I am no expert but I am working on some samples with 1 1/2" sides and I would say that they are plenty big enough for a beginner. Like Alison says, and she is the expert, 2" seems too big.

I have used my Sizzix to cut out the 1 1/2" hexagon paper templates.


Kay A16/07/2014 10:53:13
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4 1/2" seems like a big scrap to me too, I didn't realise it would need to be so big. I was thinking 2" tall, I don't know how long that makes the sides, I think that maths is beyond me

1/4" sides? Wow! I think that would send me cross eyed, but I bet the finished quilts look spectacular

i don't have a Sizzix machine, so I was wondering how everyone made sure that their hexagons were cut perfectly. I was thinking about buying some to start with, I've seen them for sale on eBay.

I was thinking that hexagons might be the perfect project to keep in my handbag as I think I'm about to enter the phase of life where I'm waiting around for kids. Whether it be outside school, or just in the car to make sure a little person has a decent length nap

Sylverine16/07/2014 11:37:02
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Hi Kay Kay

1 1/4" is the best size for me - my first quilt was in hexagons that size. I bought a template which gave me a metal hexagon template for the papers and a plastic see through one for the material. I just drew round them and then cut out, They fit in a zip lock bag nicely and easy to pop in your handbag as you say.

I make loads of cat mats now as they are an easier size to work on and don't take too long to make - around 23" x 18" in size.

I can't work out how to get a picture on here, but here is a link to my Facebook page which if you scroll down to the bottom of the photos you can see some examples of the cat mats.

Have fun with it.


Irene B16/07/2014 12:47:34
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KayKay, this might be helpful - free templates and also here

Irene rose

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