I was meant to be paper piecing my pink hexies, but inevitably got pleasantly sidetracked. Still, at least I decided on a colour for putting between the pinks — from a grand choice of two possible ones in the local Geneva shop. Heavens, is that woman shop assistant uninspired and uninspiring! Ask her anything and she just shrugs. And this is a shop that opened less than a year ago… Count the months ’till it shuts, shall we? I wanted a terracotta-y colour but the choice was muddy brown or dusty pink. So pink it shall be. (Bad laptop camera, sorry)

Pink hexiesBut then I got a bit bored of stitching hexies, and wanted to try another way after seeing how others (Little Island Quilting) piece everything by hand. I happened to come across a pack of pre-cut hexagons by Kona in my sewing pouch, and was eager to try another way of sewing them together that didn’t involve cutting paper. In the absence of a sewing-machine this weekend, it seemed fun to try handpiecing in a running stitch.

Precut hexiesSo what happened? Well, as yet the unironed shape looks like this, and is growing fast. It is strangely addictive, and much faster than paper-piecing. Even the scary Y-seams aren’t that bad, even without measuring or marking the 1/4 inch seam.

Photo on 2014-01-19 at 16.52The back looks like this, with stitches in grey. I’ve been sewing strips, then attaching them. The shapes are apparently cut by laser, so that the absolute edges appear sort of discoloured (burnt?). This seems to also help them not to fray, so it remains to be seen whether this would be as tidy with handcut pieces.

Photo on 2014-01-19 at 16.50 #2On I go, one hexagon at a time. I think this counts as conquering a fear of Y-seams, doesn’t it? If so, hurray.

Updated: Now I have ironed it, and it seems quite happy to lie flat. Now, what on earth do I DO with this? Make a cushion? A bag? Another half-finished wotsit? I’m seeing the lovely Ms L tomorrow, so perhaps she will have a bright idea. Does this mean I risk getting thrown out of the English-paper-piecing circles for high treason?

Hexies hexedLinking up to Jessica, champion cheerleader and encourager, at Life Under Quilts.

Screen shot 2014-01-20 at 11.14.37 AMHappy hexing! JJ

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10 Responses to Sidetracked

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  2. helen beall says:

    I am loving your choice to use all solids. Don’t enjoy machine sewing, but whatever keeps you on Jessica’s blog is fine with me!

  3. mrsbrooke says:

    Ooh, I love the Kona colors! Sorry about the limited offerings of your shop. I have a shop nearby that’s kind of like that as well.

  4. Katy says:

    Cushion! I haven’t had bias problems when doing hexies by machine either, we obviously have some kind of voodoo magic touch 😀

  5. Allison D says:

    Very cool! I love the dusty pink and think it will look great. I have a bunch of the pre-cut hexagons, but was scared to do anything with them. What you have done looks great!

  6. The paper keeps the bias edges from stretching. Are you having any odd pulling of biases this way!

    • Apparently not, but then I haven’t tried to iron it flat yet. I’m also not being systematic in putting the hexies in the same direction along the grain, so I may very well be storing up problems. I’ll keep you posted! Thanks.

  7. HilaryS says:

    The dusty pink doesn’t look too bad, if not quite as nice as the terracotta clay tiles! 🙂

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