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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 502853 views.

Thanks for taking the time for this refresher on hexi prep. This is on my to do this week list.....linked to digging into my scrap bins (yup I have graduated to multiple bins). I had totally forgotten the hole and pin in the middle.

thanks so much for the explanation.  I was thinking of finding graph paper on line, that would be pretty quick as my hexies are not going to be that small.  And I have lots of card stock.  I had made a bunch of plastic ones years ago and didn't like using them for the reason you indicate.  I haven't printed off the pattern yet but I'm pretty sure they are about 3" across, too big for a punch.  Good point about the glue.  Here is what I am planning.  The pattern is Spinning Wheels from Piece O Cake.  They usually do applique but this is paper pieced.  But I'm going to "mix it up".  I'm going to do freezer method paper piecing to piece the spokes, then prepared edge applique for the tiny hex in the middle, then EPP to piece the large hexis together.

I originally thought to do EPP on the entire thing but once I got the pattern and looked at it, I don't think I want to go to that level.  And I don't like all those seams in the middle for the tiny hexigon the way she has it pieced.  So by blending the methods I get a little bit of everything in the project.  I'm going to try a couple as samples before I cut out a ton of fabric tho, to make sure it works as I think.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


THAT  is an incredibly ambitious pattern!  But, I think you've figured out a better way to approach it.  I'm eager to see your samples.

You said the hexie was 3"... WHICH measurement is 3"?  Quilters always measure hexies along a side.  If you measured 3" point to point, then that is really a 1.5" hexie.  But if you did measure your pattern and one of the sides is 3", then you have an enormous hexie!  And, yeah, I've never seen a punch that large.  It would be easy enough for me to cut a whole bunch of large hexies like that with my Scan n Cut.  Just let me know if you want me to start the machine going!

well here is one.  Not sure exactly how I feel about it.  thinking.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


oooooo.   that is very pretty ... but I can see it is also very fiddly.  I think it might depend on how much you love the fabrics you're using, what the final effect is gonna be, and how much time you're willing to spend on it.

It *could* be a bona fide Forever Project ... work on one or two units in between working on other projects.  It doesn't even need to be a full size quilt.  You could make enough to create a table runner or accent piece.

That's what I did with the 5" practice hexies I did when I was deciding whether I even liked the EPP process.  I made enough to create a table center piece.  Unfortunately, I didn't think *enough* ahead as to fabric choices, so this practice center piece goes with absolutely NOTHING in my house.  LOL!  But, it was a very good learning experience.  :-)

I actually kinda do like the combination of techniques that you used.  Machine piecing the cream/rust was a brilliant idea and then covering the center with a separate, small hexie is the perfect solution.


From: Midkid5


I think it's amazing how you can look ahead and know that you didn't want all the seams and have an idea how to change it.  If I were doing it I would struggle with the center hexie direction, do I center it in the middle of stripes or do I try to match the angle of the larger hexie.  I try not to let these little thing bug me but I know if I were to do this pattern it would.


I was planning on "forever" when I ordered the pattern.  I thought it was EPP, but I didn't read closely enough.  It is paper pieced.  not English Paper Pieced.  Ah well.  I could make it EPP of course, but that is too much for beginner.  I really really don't want to get into the middle of another forever project that is painful like the one I am forcing myself to finish now.  I have all the petals done, now I'm sewing them into rows.  Aggggrh.  there are SOOOOO many seams at the intersections, I had to get longer pins.  It is all hand pieced, and I'm dreading putting the rows together.  I had shrunk the original pattern which was a MISTAKE.  But I've put so much time into it - and it does look really pretty.  I'm just not enjoying it.  Ah, maybe I need to go find another applique pattern as I know I love that.  decisions decisions.

don't give me too much credit.   I've learned the hard way - as soon as I saw how it was designed I went - nope, been there, done that.  Paper piecing is especially notorious for putting lots of fabric layers in small spaces.

super teeny tiny hexis - yikes

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)



I still need to finish my teeny tiny hexie basket. Its around here somewhere.