June 20, 2016

This Might Just Work...

Brynwood Needleworks - Hexies

While I was away at retreat a few weeks ago, I did have a chance to work on my hexies. I pulled out the box with my fabrics, and threaded a needle to stitch on them.

Brynwood Needleworks - Hexies

The hexie on the left is how I've been sewing them. I've been using the same method with my fusible, washaway forms as I would if they were made from cardboard. I stitched through the fabric with a running stitch all the way around the hexie, through the form.

My pal, Jamie was apparently watching me, because she suggested that I only needed to anchor each fold, and not even stitch it to the form. Then, when I have them all stitched together, I'd only need to remove the thread from the back, if at all. I gave that a try, and then I had an idea.

Brynwood Needleworks - Hexies

If I ironed the fabric down around the form, I could have a more crisp hexie for stitching, so I took it to the ironing board and pressed away.

Brynwood Needleworks - Hexies
 
As I walked back to sit next to Jamie, something occurred to me. If I use a washable glue stitch to hold the stray fabric down on the back, why would I even need to stitch anything? 
 
I could save myself a lot of work. I'd simply arrange them into a pattern, and then sew the hexies together. That would work, right? I'll let you know.
 
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Jacque. said...

I pulled out my hexies yesterday and worked on them! Please do let us know how the glue method works. Though, I think that part of the attraction of working with hexies is the actual stitching (which, by the way, I do the second way you showed...with anchoring the folds). Have a great week!

Createology said...

This is exactly why getting together with like-minded friends is so wonderful. Hexies have not lured me in...yet. I do enjoy projects made by sew many others. I think you have had an Aha moment dear. Embracing Hexie Bliss...

Michelle Palmer said...

So pretty~ I have been researching hexies for several weeks. (Still building courage) Watching Youtube videos, reading blog posts, Pinterest... because I think it is the perfect shape for my Quilting Bee collection. I am going to still go with the cardboard/light stencil material for the inside... so many ideas! Looking forward to your project!

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