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English Paper Pieced Hexagons


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English Paper Pieced HexagonsI recently took a class to learn this fun, new to me, method of paper piecing. The project quickly became addictive. I have done foundation style paper piecing in the past and love the ability to work with smaller pieces to create the block, but you are still saddled to your sewing machine. This style of piecing is all hand done so it is the perfect project for TV time or to take on the go. I absolutely love it.

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Supplies:

English Paper Pieced Hexagons - hexagon templates and one piece of cut fabric
 
English Paper Pieced Hexagons - package of hexagons and hexagon punch with homemade templates
 
English Paper Pieced Hexagons - glue pen
 

Steps:

  1. Whether you are using either purchased or hand punched templates, you will want to punch a hole in the center to make it easier to remove the template later. The purchased package of templates already had the holes punched in them.
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  3. Lay the template on the fabric and cut around leaving about 1/4" to turn under and glue.
  4. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - place template on fabric leaving room to cut around with a 1/4 inch allowance.
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - cut out your piece
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - template with 4 sides cut to allowance
     
  5. Continue cutting your fabric until you have seven hexagons. I made the center using a different fabric, as this pattern is the same as the one typically used to make the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
  6. English Paper Pieced Hexagons
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - all fabric pieces cut with the templates
     
  7. Apply a line of glue to one side of the template near the edge and fold the fabric over to stick it down.
  8. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - apply glue to one side of the template that has been placed on the wrong side of the fabric
     
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  9. Continue working your way around clockwise. Repeat with all seven pieces.
  10. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - fold the seam allowance over and stick down
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - continue gluing and folding the fabric down in a clockwise rotation
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - 3 sides folded
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - all sides folded and glued to the template
     
  11. You now have the pieces for your first block.
  12. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - 7 hexagon templates covered in fabric
     
  13. Arrange them in the way that you would like them to fit together.
  14. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - arranging the petals around the center hexagon
     
  15. Take two of the petals and placing them right sides together stitch them together using very small stitches that catch the fabric and hopefully not the template.
  16. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - place right sides together and carefully stitch the pieces together, take small close together stitches
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - first two hexagons stitched and opened out
     
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  17. Stitch this piece to the center hexagon along one side. You now have three hexagons attached to each other.
  18. English Paper Pieced Hexagons
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - now stitch to the center
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - center stitched to one side of one hexagon
     
  19. Add your next hexagon by stitching as before, either along the petals first and then to the center or vise versa. When you reach the end of a side double knot your thread and cut off the excess. I left the tails for now.
  20. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - add a third petal
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - stitch third petal to center
     
  21. Continue in this manner until all of the pieces are sewn together. You will have to lightly bend the templates as more pieces are added to be able to more easily stitch the pieces together.
  22. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - 4th petal stitched on
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - closeup of sewing petal to center
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - closeup of stitching petals together
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - underside of partially finished block
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - ready to stitch last seam
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - ready to stitch with needle and thread in photo
     
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  23. Press with an iron.
  24. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - press the finished "flower"
     
  25. Now you can play around with how you want to arrange the hexagon flowers. I am not yet sure exactly how large I want to make the final quilt, so I am playing with how to arrange one central block and then surround it with other ones.
  26. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - playing with layout of 8 blocks of varying colors
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - closeup of sample layout
     
    English Paper Pieced Hexagons - 3 hexagons in sample layout with gray flower in the center
     
  27. Once you have all sides of a hexagon block attached to the adjoining ones you may remove the paper templates. The holes punched into the center of the paper templates will allow you to use a crochet hook or a chopstick/dowel to help remove them from the fabric. The templates can be reused a few times. (This photo is an example of how to remove the templates when it is the appropriate time.)
  28. English Paper Pieced Hexagons - using a crochet hook to remove hexagon template only when there are pieces stitched on all sides
     
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March 9, 20180 found this helpful

love it

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March 10, 20180 found this helpful

Beautiful work!!!

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March 23, 20180 found this helpful

I recently took a class of the same. I fell in love with it and has proven to help pass the time when I am waiting for someone at the hospital. Don't need a sewing machine just needle, thread and fabric scarps.

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