I decided I needed a change of pace from the quilting, hence the new hexagon project. It's great to be working with such fresh fabrics and I have always loved paper piecing.
Here are some brief instructions on having a go:
- First, go here to find out how to draw an accurate hexagon
- Make a template from cardboard or plastic
- draw lots of hexagons onto old envelopes, magazine pages or whatever and cut them out.
- Next, pin a paper hexagon to the wrong side of your desired fabric
- Cut around the hexagon, allowing a 1/4 inch of fabric extra all the way around or at least to fold over the shape
- Fold the edge of fabric over the paper and tack stitch all the way around
- When you have a number of these, choose two put them against eachother flat and whip stitch along the edge with tiny stitches
Many quilters don't like paper piecing because it is a little time consuming, but I find it very relaxing. Each to their own.