Saturday, August 9, 2014

Block of the Month #12

Block of the Month #12
Molecular Hexies


A 12.5 inch hexagon block based on the BOM and
Presented by Lorrie M.

Two great things about hexagons are that they only require scraps of fabric, and you can work on them anywhere…at the orthodontist visit, after school pick up, or on road trips!

12.5" square of background fabric (White)
Scraps of fabric for hexies (Orange, Navy Blue, Candy Blue and Tarragon Green)
Paper template
Needle & thread

For the original CLMQG block shown on the left, I used a 1-1/4" hexie template and arranged them in two rows of 5 and 4.

For the variation shown on the right, I used a variety of different sized hexagon templates to create a Molecular Hexie block and laid them out in a fun pattern. You get to choose which design you'd like to add to your quilt. Be creative!

Print your templates and cut out the hexagons. *Before you print, make sure your printer settings for "scaling” say "none" or 100% to ensure the templates print at the correct size.*

Template downloads:
3/4" Hexie
1" Hexie
1-1/4"  Hexie
1-1/2" Hexie
2" Hexie

After you’ve cut out the paper templates, gather your fabrics and cut them at least an extra 1/4″ larger around all sides of the template for easy turning. Use a small pin to secure the paper to the fabric.

Either finger press the fabric over the edges of the templates, or if it makes you feel more comfortable until you get the hang of it, iron down all the sides. Once you’ve had a bit of practice making hexies you’ll no longer need to iron.

Thread your needle and make a small knot. Use any thread to baste your hexagons. I like to use up some of my older, less expensive spools here. Starting at one of the points, baste all the way around each hexagon, sewing through both layers of fabric and the paper. Make sure you take a stitch through each one of the fabric folds at the points so they stay secured.  Don't remove the paper yet!

To sew the hexagons together, layer the right sides of two hexagons and whip stitch one edge, grabbing just enough fabric to keep them together, but not going through the paper this time. For this step I use YLI silk thread which can be found at your LQS. It glides right though the fabrics without knotting, is strong, and buries your stitches making them barely noticeable! I use YLI silks for all of my hexies and hand appliqué projects. 

Tiny whip stitches make all the difference to make sure your stitching is barely visible from the front. Practice, practice! :)

Continue sewing your hexagons together one edge at a time until your grouping is complete.  Once your hexagons are attached to one another, clip all the basting threads and release the papers. Starch and press the group back into shape. But don’t toss those papers out yet! You can reuse them for other hexie projects.

Decide where you’d like to place the group of hexies on your 12.5” block and pin it into place.

Machine appliqué your hexie grouping with a top stitch close to the edge onto your background fabric.

You're all finished. The only hard part is choosing which design you want to do!

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