English Paper Piecing with Small Hexagons
The first image (orange) is a finished block before I trim the fabric. What? I don't cut fabric hexagons? Of course NOT! I cut fabric rectangles that are at least 3/8" larger than the size of the hexagon. I punch a hole in the center of the paper hexagon (second photo) which does two things:
1. Gives me a place to put my pin to secure the fabric/paper together
2. Gives me a spot to stick a retracted pen through to "pop" out the paper.
|Wrong side of my 3/4" Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks|
The turquoise GFG shows what it looks like after I've removed the papers. Because I didn't stitch through the papers I'm able to reuse the papers; they haven't been weakened by stitches.
Here's a close-up of a GFG block with papers removed. The method for basting is to fold over the fabric and take a stitch in the corner folds, one at a time. You are NOT stitching through the paper; only through the fabric.
My favorite new hexagon size is 3/4"! I love working with those small hexies and have made quite a few blocks.
|Various sizes of papers|
|Wrong side of a GFG block using 3/4" hexies|
And then trimmed:
|Grandmother's Flower Garden with two rounds|
From the front:
|3/4" GFG with two rounds|
Another one with 2 rounds in process:
|Work in progress|
|Wrong side of an appliquéd GFG unit|
|Six hexagon blocks with green setting triangles pinned|
|Auditioning my hexagon ring|
|Hexagon stitched to interfacing|
|Clip into interfacing so I can turn it|