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Hexagons Made Easy Appliqued Hexies

on Feb 1, 2013 in Blog, free spirit fabrics, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt | 0 comments

Hexagons Made Easy focuses on two main types of hexagon construction techniques. Both techniques eliminate Y-seams and hand stitching (like English Paper Piecing techniques). Let me tell you about the first technique.

((The second, Reversible Techniques, found here.))

Applique

When creating hexagons for applique, you have to first consider how to turn under all 6 of those edges and have nice flat corners. The book shows you how to stitch a facing to the hexagon shape, which when turned right-side-out, will create a hexagon with all the raw fabric edges concealed. You can use the facing technique for any shape.

Image from Martingale Press

Image from Martingale Press

Shapes that require every single edge concealed, but will not have the back shown, are quickly turned right-side-out by slicing through the facing and turning the shape. There are many tips and tricks in the book to make you as successful as possible at this method. The diagrams created for the book are clear and exact.

Quilts

There are 7 original quilt project in Hexagons Made Easy, in addition to using the Applique Technique in the 18 block designs.

Quilt Back- Free Motion Quilting By Jen Eskridge

I was able to show the back of this wall hanging (above) on the blog when I was quilting the project for the book deadline, but now I can totally show you the front. (below) Hooray! Although I have not done this, the wall hanging is situated in a way where you could add clock movement to the center of the finished design.

Image from Martingale Press

Image from Martingale Press

The quilt is a basic introduction to placement and machine applique. It only requires 12 hexagons. Pretty easy, right?? Get your feet wet while making this modern, contemporary quilt with loads of negative space. This particular wall hanging is great for the extra pieces from a charm pack (5″ square precut fabric squares) or featuring fabric scraps. I chose to feature a handful of Anna Maria Horner fabric scraps, left from various other projects.

 

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