Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Piece Hexagons: Part 2

Find the first post on how to piece hexagons here.

This second half of the tutorial shows how to piece the rows together. I admit this part of the tutorial is much easier to show in person. It's hard to visualize the process with just pictures. I might get adventurous and do a video one day. The pictures might not make complete sense until you actually try it. I know hexagons can be intimidating, but I promise they really aren't that hard. Give it a try and work through it with the steps in the tutorial and it will likely make more sense as you go.

First up we have two strips of hexagons that we sewed together last time.


Match up two seams to be joined. The pieced strips should lay offset like this.

Line up the edges of the hexagons and pin at the seam.

This part is a bit tricky to show, but everything should be folded out of the way.  Make sure the edges match up.

Now stitch just as we did before. If this is the edge of the project, simply start stitching from the edge of the fabric. If you plan to add more hexagons later on, use the tape as your guide and start stitching at 1/4". Stitch only to the seam line. Do not go past the seam. I will occasionally handcrank the last stitch and adjust my fabric as needed so I don't go to far. Stitching past the seam will create puckers. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam to secure.


Readjust the fabric and prepare to stitch the next seam down. Again fold all fabric out of the way and match the edges of the hexagons to be sewn together. Pin where needed. Notice on the front of the fabric piece, we only have one seam line to act as a guide. This makes it very hard to know where to stop stitching.

Flip the fabric over. There are two showing seam lines on the back. For this seam we will actually sew from the bottom seam to the top seam on the back of the piece. (The blue arrow shows the seam we just finished.  The black arrow shows our next seam to stitch.)

Sew seam to seam, backstitching well.

This method of sewing one seam on the front then flipping the entire piece to sew a seam on the back can be cumbersome, but it's well worth it to me because of the results. Actually seeing where you need to stop rather than "feeling" your way through it is much easier.

We've now sewn two seams. Continue this process down the strip until all sides are sewn together.

TIP: When stitching a seam, it's better to be a bit short than to go too far and stitch over the other seam line.

TIP: If edges aren't perfectly lined up, roll them together and hold with your finger as you sew to make sure they match up.


Press horizontal seams down.  Rotate pressing side seams to the left and right.


Once you've finished pressing from the back, iron well from the front, getting your points to lay nice and flat.


Done!!

6 comments:

  1. I have this on my list to try out great tutorial - thanks.

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  2. Hexagons have been on my to do list for a while now. Thanks for the great tutorial. I can't wait to try this out!

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  3. Thank you Kati for a great tuto! I prefer this - hand piecing is too slow for busy mee. x Teje

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  4. You're awesome Kati! I somehow didn't get my hexagon ruler here in Italy (still figuring out where it's at) and I've been wanting to do the hexagon quilt that I've had fabric for for a while. Now I feel like I can! Thanks for all of the work you've put into these tutorials.

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  5. It looks difficult but I will have to give it a try, sometime. Thank you for the great pictures.

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  6. Thank you so much. I can not hand sew any more and stayed away from machine sewn hexagons as I dreaded all the marking of seam lines and perceived difficulty of sewing. NO MORE !! I sewed two test hexagon flowers this afternoon and will eventually make a scrap runner.
    Your instructions and photography made the technique very easy to follow.

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