Friday, April 30, 2010

Part 2 of Hexie Tutorial - Flowers

Well hello again...here I am for part 2 of my tutorial....making a hexagon flower.

I like to join the sides (petals) of the hexagons together first.
Again...I DO NOT stitch into the paper at any time while joining the hexies.
I only take a small bite out of the fabric that is on the edge of each one that I am joining together.


I first join 2 with right sides together...then 2 more and then the remaining 2.
Then I join those segments together to form a ring.
I always knot off after joining one hexie to another.



Joining the petals first just works out better for me...and I can "audition" several hexie prints for the center...to see which one I like the best.


I leave my papers in when forming the rings.


However...I like to take the paper out of the center hexie, making it more pliable and a little bit "stretchy" if needed for allowing me to stitch the corners together perfectly.









After I have completely stitched the center hexie in...I knot off my thread and carefully pull out the papers. (see part 1 for paper removal)
If I am making a larger flower, at this point I would add another row of hexies before removing my papers....but I am using small flowers for this project.
By the way...I press the papers to use again just like I explained in part 1.



Then I press...and I mean PRESS...( I do not move my iron back and forth)...I just set it on my flower for a few seconds on the backside...



...and then I spritz it a little on the front with Mary Ellen's Best Press...and press the front.



I let it cool completely before picking it up. I like how the best press gives my flower a crisp new feeling ...and it smells good too! I used the Lavender Fields scent on this one:)



I used a regular whip stitch on the green and yellow flower above....which works just fine....however....I normally do a little something extra with my whip stitch that I want to show you.

Below is a close up of my variation of the whip stitch.
I feel that stitching this way secures my stitches better and helps to hide the stitches from the front.


I do a regular whip stitch but before I pull my thread up all the way...I insert my needle through the loop and then finish pulling the thread snuggly but not too tight as to break it ...or distort my seam so that it won't lay flat when I open my hexie flower.


This is what my stitching looks like from the top view of the seam.
This stitch is also how I knot off my thread...so I guess you could say that each stitch is a single knot
.
However when I knot off, I do the stitch two or three times in the same spot as needed for securing properly.....I also leave a small tail when cutting my thread after knotting.
I feel that by doing this, it's harder for the knot to come undone when pulled while stitching into a quilt.
I don't worry about the tails showing...I just make sure that they stay tucked in the back of my flower.



I have a good start on my flowers now....


I am making them very scrappy and all with a vintage look.
I am trying to make the centers of my hexie flowers matchy while not being too matchy (if that makes sense to any one but me)...lol!



I hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial on how I do my english paper piecing.
It works for me...and I hope it works for you too.
I would love to hear what you think!

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44 comments:

sewprimitive karen said...

Wow, those are gorgeous.

Darlene said...

Awesome tutorial and I like your tip for making a knot while whip stitching. BTW, I get the matchy thing - just matchy not matchy/matchy. I really do get it. LOL

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow these are awesome! I do love the colors! Please stop by my blog and vote for my friend. Have a great weekend!

Jocelyn

Taryn said...

Your photos are excellent and you've done a great job achieving a vintage look with your hexies. Thanks for the tutorial.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Awesome! I've learned so much. So now how will you use them? Do you applique them to a background piece or just keep hooking them together to make a giant bunch of flowers? Jenn

Joyce said...

Lori,
This is a great tutorial! I have been wanting to make hexagons for a long time but haven't had the courage.. you totally inspire me! Thanks so much for sharing!

The Retired Mama said...

I have read quite a few tutorials on hexagons. I like how you knot each stitch. Thanks for the insight.
BUT what I am in desperate need of is a tutorial on how to applique. I have you-tubed it and everyone is trying to sell a product. I just need to know what stitch to use to stitch down my design. I think I will use dissolvable backing to help keep my piece in place but do I attach my pieces with a whip stitch?
I just found out I am to become a grandmother and I really want to get this quilt made and into my daughters hands. If you can help I would appreciate it.

Kristy said...

Excellent instructions...I keep reading what a great teacher you are...it shows!! Love all your cute "stuff" too. Kristy in Ohio

Rae Ann said...

Okay Lori ~ I am simply over here drooling all of the floor. I am in love with these hexagons and this is an absolutely WONDERFUL tutorial!

Nedra said...

It was so fun to be able to talk to you this morning! Miss you!
I like your technique and will have to try that way. When I made mine, I always started from the center Hexegon and worked out. Did a regular slip stitch. I like the idea where you knot off as you go.

Elizabeth said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for all the tips and tricks. Can't wait to try!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You always give the best tips. This is getting bookmarked for me. I want to try how you do it. I am sure I'll like it better than my way.

Cynthia said...

Hi Lori, Still waiting for my paper hexies to come in the mail. I have plenty of work to do in the meantime...By the way, do you coordinate your scents of Mary Ellen's starch with the color fabric you use? hahaha! Just kidding!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Thanks for the info Lori -- your stitches are beautiful. I haven't tried this block yet, but I always get a kick out of them because so many people stitch them to within an inch of their life. Your way is MUCH more reasonable! ;-)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks Lori - both Part 1 and Part 2 were great. Easy to follow and wonderful photos.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Fantastic tutorial. I love the idea of knotting each stitch as you go..brilliant idea..I will have to try that.

P.S. I love your nails...gorgeous French manicure!!

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Pat said...

I love hand projects. I should do one of these hexie flower quilts. (ANOTHER thing for my "someday" list....LOL)

Anne Fannie said...

These look wonderful and I love your step by step directions! Wonderful!
Ann

belinda said...

Well I'm swooning and drooling over ALL the quilty/vintage goodies over at your place. I especially appreciate the hexie tutorial. I have been working on some this last year and now I may try some of your tips!!
You are so creative and inspiring!!

Mary said...

Thanks for the tip on knotting the hexies. I learned to EPP a while ago and saw a lady using the papers on a bus trip on 2006. She showed me the way you do it. I take my Hexies on road trips in my little tin vintage looking Singer can.

michelle said...

Lori, I had to tell you I finished my "eat CAKE" project and it turned out so cute. Only could have done it with your professional teaching. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with me and my sister Polly. You are such a sweet and cute woman. Thanks a ton. Also am looking forward to starting the darling quilt pattern you so generously gave me (which I still can't believe) You are one of my favorites. Thanks, Michelle (Nanette's sister)

Carrie P. said...

thanks for this tutorial. the knot as you sew is a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

marcab77 said...

you have a wonderful blog, and i am really enjoying it! thank you for sharing all of your techniques and ideas with the rest of us. you are so inspiring!
rita

LizA. said...

I've been wandering around the net reading about hexagons. Your pictures are wonderful. I really like how you stitch them together -- I'm going to have to try that. Did you know that if you use a small, single hole punch and punch a hole in your paper, you can use a chopstick to pop it out much easier? They get bent or beat up on the edges.....

Ginger said...

What a great tutorial. Thanks so much. Quick question, do you leave your basting stitches in or do you take them out? Thanks.

Marieke said...

Thank you very, very much for your tutorials (part 1 and 2). All I would like to know: what kind of paper do you use? I printed on regular printing paper, but I think that's not thick enough. Or is it? Your flowers look great!

trassydicosta said...

you have a wonderful blog, and i am really enjoying it!!!!!
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euphoria said...

awesome blog and great tutorial... I'm gonna give hexies a go and found this while looking for tutorials.

Lovely flowers too!

Thanks so much!

Nanny en Bilbao said...

¡Fantástico tutorial!.
Muchas gracias ppor compartirlo.
Lo pondré en práctica.
Gracias, y un abrazo.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori!

What a great tutorial. Not sowing through the paper was a great tip. I started on my first hexi flower yesterday...it's so much fun.

Thanks for putting this wonderful tutorial on the web, you really helped me.

Many greetings from a snowy Stockholm (Sweden)

Pamela

Btw: Looooooooooove your bloog. Both the look of it and all you write!

Kim said...

Well I am enjoying the old music... (Dean, Bing,Louie...) so much I just keep looking at your blog to keep listening......its my first visit and oh my goodness look at all I've been missing!

Great tut.....I taught this to school children once and they just loved the method of sewing fabric to paper...even the boys! Now I see how effective the technique is of not stitching to the paper...just using it as a guide. I certainly will try this method.

thanks so much and
Happy sewing

Pam said...

Great Blog..... wonderful instructions.....been wanting to make a Grandmothers Flower Garden for years. Want to make a memory quilt with fabrics that I have purchased on my travels.... can't wait to start.... thanks again.

Sew Divertimento said...

Thanks Lori!
I love your hexagon tutorials! I love that you don't sew through the paper. duh. =) I've already started cutting all of my little scraps to make a hexagon scrap quilt.
Thanks again!
~Andrea

hueisei said...

I love your tutorial.. i will sew the hexies based on the tutorial..Thanks for sharing it..Loves the paper clip idea and also the paper can be recycle again idea.

Marianne said...

Lori, You have inspired me AGAIN to get sewing! Your methods for hexies are much easier & faster than the ones I have been doing. Thanks for a great tip & for the shot in the arm!!!

Tavia said...

Thank you so much!! Tremendously helpful!! I am starting my hexi project Jan 1st! I truly appreciate the time you have take to share this :)

La la Lisa said...

I love this tute. Thank you so much for sharing it. Im new to fabric craft and am already an addict. I have tried, with projects with some success,using Hand applique and embroidery as well as crazy quilting. This tute has made the frighteningly scary not so intimidating. I feel confident enough to give this a whirl too now. Thanks again. Happy crafting. La la Lisa.xxx

La la Lisa said...

I love this tute, Thank you so much for sharing. I am new to fabric crafts and am already addicted to hand applique, embroidery and crazy quilting. After watching this, i feel confident enough to give this a go too. Thanks again and happy crafting

Judy said...

Great tutorial! Thanks so much for taking the time to make this. I haven't sewn hexies in years, so it was nice to have a tutorial to refresh my memory.

Elaine said...

I love your hexie flowers. They are beautiful. Thank you for your tutorials. They are so well written and photographed. I appreciate you providing these for us.

Amy said...

Nice tutorial!

N.C.Fabric Junkie said...

I loveeeeee love loveeeeeee your craft room. soooooooo homey. I bet you could spend all day in there! as for the hexies I was excited to know that you love your sizzix machine as I just purchased one and haven't had a chance to get any dies for it yet. looking forward too it after seeing your hexie tutorial. when I do hexies I used to do them just like you do but now I have come up with a way that I like even better. I draw the center out of freezer paper and simply iron them to my hexies no pins no paper clips nothing. the paper is just enough to give you the fold for each one and when you are finished you can simply tear them out. of course it does involve drawing the first page of them and then you can print out the others from there. love your blog! take care Linda

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