The offending post has been corrected and by way of an apology, I would like shine the spotlight on Talb9999's block. This is her first hexie block and first time English paper piecing EVER! Amazing! The block is embellished with little rosebuds. She was asked if they are wrapped ribbon but said she "didn't have any ribbon the right size so she used material and doubled it over to avoid rough edges". To see a close-up of this blog visit Talb9999s blog! To see more wonderful Soupcon blocks please visit the Soupcon QAL FLICKR Groupl!
Tutorial Time!!!! I've showed you three hexagons which are all variations on a simple star. I started with a tutorial for this simple star block on January 19, 2014 and January 20, 2014.
Then on January 23, 2014 I posted a tutorial for this block. I used the same method as for the previous block but added a border around the inner edges.
The third tutorial and variation of the star block was on January 26, 2014 . In this block the star points are divided in half and made with two different fabrics.
So now it's time for the fourth tutorial in which elements from all three stars are combined!
You will need a sheet of 1" hexagons which you can find here. Start by drawing your sewing lines to form the start points on the hexagons; the directions were in my January 19, 2014 post. You'll need six star points and one hexagon for the center.
The next step is to add the horizontal line that is 1/2" up from the base of the star.
The last step is to divide the remained of the star point in half. This line will be used to match up the seam of the two fabrics used to form the star point. As always the numbers represent the order of placement and sewing of fabrics.
If you've been reading my blog you have the basic technique down pat so I'll go through the steps quickly! If you aren't familiar to could start with my January 19, 2014 post for the basics.
To make the star point stitch two 1 1/4" x 6" strips of fabric together along the long side. Press the seam open and cut six 1" slices. The papers are tacked with a dab of glue to the wrong side of the fabric making sure to lineup the seam on the line in the star point.
Fold on the line and trim the fabric.
Cut twelve background pieces that measure 1 1/2" x 2". With right sides together stitch a background fabric to the star point. Don't forget to shorten your stitch length. Trim the seam allowance if necessary and then fold back the fabric. Finger press or press with a hot, dry iron.
Repeat on the other side and trim the fabric around the outside being sure to leave a seam allowance of about 3/8".
Carefully pull the paper away from the stitches, fold it back on the line and trim the seam allowance down to between 1/8" to 1/4".
With right sides together stitch the last piece to the base of the star. Press it open and trim the remained of the seam allowance.
Baste using the traditional English paper piecing method.
I like to chain piece so I'm working on all six hexagons at once. After they are all basted they can be stitched together. The colour change in the star point is very subtle but very effective!
Now if you really want to have fun with all of these hexagons why not try some different arrangements? How about this one for starters!
Think outside the hexagon!
This could be the beginning of something interesting!
How about this little switcharoo?
So how did I decide to stitch them together? Well I can't tell you right now because I've got oodles of hexagon fun planned so you'll just have to stay tuned if you want to find out what I did with them!
One of my lovely readers recently told me about The Needle and Thread Network. It is a place where Canadian fibre artist of all sorts can display their work on WIP Wednesday. Sign ups begin on Tuesday and close on Thursday. You can check out this blog here!
Until I post again, happy hexagoning!
Wow Karen, those are so pretty. It's amazing the different effects you get by just changing up the placing. Thanks for the tutorial. I will so have to try FP these. Sheer heaven, FP a EPP hexie! Taking the addiction to a whole new level!ReplyDelete
And it is a great way to use smaller scraps that would otherwise go in the trash. I don't feel bad experimenting with a 1" strip of scrap fabric and when I do I can come up with some wonderful colour combinations and effects!Delete
So many different ways of joining these hexies. I would have tried also to put a blue one in between them. Then it could be sailboats on the water.ReplyDelete
You are so right about that! I had thought about alternating with solid blues but I didn't have them cut out. It would also be fun to use a light blue on one side and a slightly darker blue on the other side of the pieced hexagon to create a shaded effect! So many possibilities!Delete
wonderfull and so amazing these new hexagons!!!!ReplyDelete
Aren't they great? I hope you'll give them a try!Delete
Karen, thanks for this clear step by step...you have forever changed my Hexi world!! LOL!!! VReplyDelete
Thanks Valerie! I've got more planned so your world is going to be changed even more!Delete
Love these, haven't had a chance to play with the fractured hexies yet... should get off the internet hahaha. But then i wouldn't find out all this fabulous stuffReplyDelete
I'm glad you took the time to comment now get back to work! I'm expecting to see some really lovely results!Delete
I thought the last arrangement looked like little sail boats too! Too Cute!ReplyDelete
You are right! I like playing around because I see all sorts of different things!Delete
excellent tutorial Karen - shall give them a try pretty soon - they look so beautifulReplyDelete
So glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I find the 1" size a comfortable size for me but if you have difficulties try a hexagon that is a little larger.Delete
Im going to have to make some but think I think I will start with slightly larger hexi 's!ReplyDelete
So beautiful and have joined the Flickr group and am so inspired I want to leave work and go home to stitch!
Try using 1 1/4" hexagons. They don't sound much larger than 1" but if fact they are and you may find them a perfect size to work with! Let me know how you make out!Delete
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So many possibilities! Thanks for another great tutorial. PS - I like the first one best.ReplyDelete