Hexagons Continued

Hexagons continued, see the start of the story here.

Pictured is the progress I made while camping. By trial and error I learned a few tricks that worked for me.

This is also part of the “Quilting For the Rest of Us” summer challenge by Sandy, though I am not sure what I plan to do with it yet. Right now it measures 14 inches long and 9 inches tall. Not very large. I have more hexagons cut out, as I found that part very relaxing and didn’t know when to stop. I used the Fons & Porter Hexagon ruler by Omnigrid.

Here is what worked for me:

Reduce your stitch length to 1.5. They are small enough where you can sew to the exact meeting point and not too small that they can’t be ripped out, (ask me how I know) :).

I sewed my rows together first. To do that I put two hexagons, right sides together and I marked 1/4 inch in on my starting point and stopping point. It is only necessary to mark on the top piece.

Sew from corner point to corner point, I back-stitched a few stitches. I tried using the lock stitch but I found I didn’t have the accuracy I wanted at my stopping point.

Continuing working until you have the length and number of rows needed.

Accuracy is critical, otherwise you run into problems with your next step.

I started with smaller practice rows so when I went to the next step, I had rows to make mistakes on.

Now to sew the rows together.

The only points that need to be marked are the first ones in a row and the last ones. Your other seams will start and stop at your seam line points.

In this picture you will start sewing at the seam point on the left hand side and sew to the marked corner on the right.

Make sure you match your pieces right sides together. In order to do that, one section of your row will be folded so you can  be sure  you are sewing in the correct place. In this picture, the fold is on the left. Also move your seam allowances out of the way when sewing.

As you sew your rows together, match your pieces and sew from one corner at the point where your row seam stopped to the other row.

In this picture the pins are placed to point to your starting and stopping points.

If you do use practice rows, perfect your techinique in a way that works for you.

Other links with tutorials are: http://artquiltmaker.com/blog by Jaye at Artquiltmaker, and by Kaye Wood, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXYiTYj_crg

Enjoy the Journey      Jackie

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