Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Question for All the Hexie Makers!!

Hi Everyone -

I was taught to make a square and then wrap the square around the hexagon template and sew it down and then sew the hexagons together.  But as I receive flowers from my partners, I see that most of you have cut the piece of fabric into a hexagon itself and then sewed it around the template.



My question is - does it matter?  And if it does, what measurements do I cut the fabric in order to wrap around the template properly??

Thanks to anyone who has the time to leave a comment!!  I look forward to your answers!!

Kris

14 comments:

  1. Giving it a 1/4in seam allowance, I add 1/2in to the size of the finished hexi ... so for a 1in hexi, I use a 1 1/2in fabric hexi ... a 1 1/2in hexi would elicit a 2in fabric hexi and so on. You can actually get acrylic templates around about if you want something substantial to cut around ... I know 'Patchworks Plus' in Australia have a template for a 1 1/2 in hexi (for a finished 1in hexi) in stock.
    Hope this helps ...

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  2. The way you do it is quite fine. I have a template and cut strips of fabric 2.5" wide. THe hexagon should have a finished side of 1" so add 3/8" all around that shape.

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  3. I don't use a template for the fabric - I just cut it roughly the shape of the hexie. Mine are probably a little more than 1/4 inch to be folded over. Your method would be fine for me!

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  4. I sew it similar to Sunny. I cut a square a bit bigger than the paper hexagon. Then, I sew the fabric square with an "X" in the middle of the paper hexagon. This seems to help stabilize it for me. Then I trim the square by cutting a roughly 1/4 inch seam allowance around the paper hexagon. Next, I fold the seam allowances over the paper hexagon and tack down the corners.

    I hope my directions make sense!!
    Deb

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  5. It's what they look like from the front that really matters!

    Imagine 50 years from now when someone is examining my hexie quilt, and trying to repair it because it's worn in parts... they'll spend hours speculating why some of my hexies were made with square bits of fabric, producing odd seam allowances on the back!! hahahaha

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  6. Jane has an amazing template on her website. It is only $3.50 and is worth every penny.

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  7. For me I make a square-ish shape. Make my hexies. Then before I sew them together I trim up the fabric to about 1/4 of an inch from the edge. I like the way that it looks. For the hexies I get I trim them up before I store them.

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  8. Kris if you are if you are from Utah U.S.A the Hexies you made for me are just beautiful, however you made them, I agree, it is how they look from the front that matters. I do use one of Quilt Jane's templates, it makes it so easy. Cheers Rosalie.

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  9. Kris, I too used the instruction to use a square but I just didn't care for the unevenness of the seam allowance on the back. So, I took my little paper hexies and set them on a piece of cardboard and using my ruler, added 1/4" to each side.

    For 1" hexies I begin with a 2.5" strip and cut every 3". Then I place my cardboard template on a stack of these rectangles and clip off the corners with my scissors. Since several members in the swap like fussy cuts, just trim the center out of the cardboard template, i.e. the paper hexie size, and voila!

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  10. I was taught the same way too, once its folded round it doesnt matter so long as the finished hexie has 1" sides! But something new I have learned is its better to tack through the back of the fabric when wrapping around the template so it doesnt leave piercing marks in the front and then also the tacks dont have to be removed at the end!
    Heather x

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  11. Doesn't it make you feel good to know that there are so many ways of making a hexie. It's only the outside which matters. These comments are absolutely fascinating.

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  12. I do both. I have the template from Jane (which I love) and use that for fussy cutting or cutting from larger cuts of fabric. But if I have charm squares, I just cut them in 4's and use the squares. Sometimes, I trim the squares sometimes, I don't.

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  13. Hi! I like to keep it simple! I cut 2.5 inch squares, easy to fussy cut if needed. I find it easier then to use up scraps or left over pieces from my projects!
    I tack from the back and sew together from the front.
    I don't think it matters how it is done, it is about how it looks from the front.
    Take care, Leslie

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  14. I actually have a Accuquilt Go Baby! and have the die cut for making hexies. I use the 1 1/2" die to cut my fabric so my seam allowances are actually about 3/8". I use my Cricut Expression to cut my papers and can get about 30 1" hexies from a 12"x12" peice of cardstock. -- Patti

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