Hexagons are a huge trend in the quilting world. So many, many pins have I pinned! But when it comes to actually making hexis, I always hesitate because it involves some hand-stitching.
It really shouldn’t intimidate me—I like to embroider, I used to hand-sew dolls and doll clothing when I was younger, and I can sew on a button with no problem. All over Pinterest and blogland, I kept seeing cute projects and reading about how addicting it was to curl up on the couch or finish a batch of hexis in a waiting room, but I never wanted to tackle a hexi project because I was too daunted by that one little step.
So when I got the Fall issue of Quilts & More magazine, with a Thanksgiving hexi project right on the front cover, I figured it was a good time to give it a whirl. And I’m glad I did, because it’s not hard at all! I might even be tempted to learn some more English Paper Piecing now.
Thanksgiving Hexis – table topper/wall hanging/etc.
Time: 2 hours
Cost: Around $10 for fabric
- 19 charm squares in assorted colors – brown, green, orange, gold, and beige
- Construction paper for hexagon templates
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
- 24-inch square piece of batting and backing
There are so many tutorials out there already, I’ll just point you towards some helpful links instead of detailing each step.
1. To make a 3-inch hexi (perfect for pre-cut charm squares), look here for free templates. I used the instructions from the magazine to baste the hexagons, but Bee in My Bonnet has a great online tutorial. The basting is really easy and it’s the perfect mindless activity while you watch a movie!
(I numbered my templates to help me remember the arrangement.)
2. Arrange into five rows as pictured.
3. Attach hexis in rows using the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. Sew rows together in the same manner, pivoting at each corner.
4. Remove the basting threads. (No denying it, this part is not fun.)
Carefully remove the paper templates. Construction paper will tear away at the seams, but if you’re using a heavier-weight paper you’ll want to extract the templates without damaging the sewing.
5. Place the hexi arrangement and background fabric right sides together. Lay the batting underneath both fabrics, and sew all three layers together around the perimeter, leaving a 3-inch gap.
Trim the backing and batting to the edge of the hexi arrangement. Clip the corners.
6. Pull the right side out through the gap. Poke out the corners with a knitting needle or chopstick.
7. Quilt the table topper/wall hanging however you wish. I sewed an outline of each hexagon, about ¼-inch from each seam.
Ta-da! A great introduction to paper piecing hexagons and a fall decoration. You know I couldn’t resist breaking out the label maker, right?
Thanksgiving 2012, forever immortalized!
Remember the Thanksgiving fabrics I used for my Reversible Autumn Bunting? I actually bought the charm pack (“Give Thanks” by Moda) with this project in mind. The original instructions in Quilts & More magazine called for three embroidered hexagons, and was intended as a table topper.
I don’t have a nice dining room or kitchen table… in fact, our current tablecloth is perpetually covered in cat hair, which I meticulously de-hair with a lint roller ever night, and in a few hours it’s just as bad as it was before cleaning. What I’m trying to say is… this little hexi project became a wall hanging instead!
Yep, back to the bulletin board! Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for a Thanksgiving upgrade!
Hooray for Pinterest, fueling my hexi obsession!
I’m linked up to a few of my favorite Pin-spiring link-ups:
Hey, that’s Pin-tastic!, hosted by I Love You More than Carrots
Bake, make, or decorate… but most importantly, do!
Pinteresting Project, hosted by Lulu & Sweet Pea