Many years ago I decided to have a go at english piecing and make hexagons. It was a complete disaster and I didn’t actually manage to make anything….primarily because I couldn’t work out how to join the hexagons together.
Since I have been reading blogs and looking at pictures on flickr I have constantly been coming across hexies and wonderful creations made with them. A few weeks ago I decided that it was time I got over my hexagon sewers block and had another go.
To try to eliminate one of the risk elements in the project I bought a pack of one inch precut hexagon shapes from www.paperpieces.com . I figured that my previous attempts may have been spoilt by unevenly sized hexagon pieces so it would be best to ensure I had some even sizing.
The second thing I needed was some decent instructions. There were instructions with the paper pieces but I didn’t think it would hurt to have a second set to refer to so I flicked through my magazine pile to find a recent copy of MagicPatch which I remembered had some instructions for piecing hexagons. Finally I pulled together a selection of fabrics with patterns I thought would work in one inch pieces.
Phew…after all that preparation it was time to get going. I cut lots of fabric squares, pinned the hexagon pieces to the centre of the squares, and tacked the hexagon together. It was a miracle….it looked like a hexagon!! I tried it again, and again, and again……and they all looked like hexagons. Why was it so hard last time?
I then throught that maybe my luck would run out when I pieced the hexies together…..but no that worked too.
I’m so pleased that I’ve finally overcome a sewing failure. I think I may now have the hexie bug……and I may well have passed it on to my children!!
(Message to the queen mother: Yes that is the Prince of Rock sewing….I didn’t ask him to do it he asked me if he could have a go. The sun must have gone to his head!!! Very amusing seeing him sitting there with his tongue stuck out sewing.).
Now I’ve got the bug I can’t stop making hexies…I have so many ideas of things I can make. Hopefully I’ll have some actual things I have made with them to show you soon.