The Big Hexie Experiment
|Big Hexie Experiment|
Last year my lovely neighbour made me some large 2" hexie templates. Then, in the fall, I was gifted some very bright scraps by a quilting friend. With all of these supplies, I thought that I would try the finishing technique of this project.
|Handwork happiness magazine|
Since I was gifted both the templates and the fabric, I gave this one to my lovely neighbour. She loves orange so it was perfect for her.
I've made small hexie projects in the past, and the hardest part is the finishing of the pieced. In this project, the seam allowance of the hexies on the edge of the piece are ironed to the outside. The batting, which is the same size and shape as the top (with its edges ironed out), is place on the bottom. You then put the hexie top face up and then place your backing on top of your top, facing right side down. At this point, you very carefully sew ¼" along the edge, leaving an opening a couple of inches wide. You flip the fabric inside out and then stitch the little opening. This technique is sometimes called the pillowcase technique for finishing a quilt. In Related links, I have linked to a YouTube video to explains the technique.
My lovely neighbour sent me these pictures after I had forgotten to take some of the finished cosy.
|Being useful as a wine cosy :-)|
|Finished hexie cosy|
|The back of the cosy|
What I learned
- The technique worked very well.
- I did have a bit of a problem pulling the edges of the hexies to the outside since I must have sewn parts of it down when I sewed the hexies together. Next time, I'll try to be more careful with my starting or finishing stitches.
- I also had to trim the edges to ¼" since my edges under the hexies are not very consistent.
- As I wrote this post, I realised that I hadn't taken a picture of the finished hexie cosy. Oh well....but as usual, my neighbour came through. 😊
- Handwork happiness magazine, Spring 2020
- Pillowcase technique for finishing a quilt - YouTube
- You absolutely need to go to Sandra's DrEAMi post to see the most amazing squirrel video. Wow - like them or not, those squirrels are pretty darn cool!
I'm linking up to Sandra's DrEAMi! link up as well other fun linky parties, Slow Sunday Stitching, Oh Scrap!, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday, Put Your Foot Down, Colour & Inspiration Tuesday, Monday Making,
Have a great week and stay safe, healthy and sane😊