English Paper Piecing Hexagons are one thing that I just put aside for a bit, seeing as how another very well known blog started an "along" right about the time I was talking about Paper Piecing. So, I stepped back and I watched. And I waited. And I am now confused as I did see some posts, but I don't know if I missed a bunch of posts or not. I don't remember seeing too many posts about that "along" and now they've started a whole other quilt. So, am I off base here? Am I blonde? What happened to the Hexagon 'along'?
Well, no matter. I am a learner, so I set myself to learning and researching more about hexagon type blocks. And boy do I have some things to share with you!!
It is time to Learn Along With Hillbilly again! Yay!!
Starting each week, on Thursdays, I will show you a new type of Hexagon block. (Known in other places as 'candied Hexagons' but here they will be called by their actual name.) ((Although I do need a catchy name to call it each week. Help?!)
You will need to be armed an ready with a straight edge, several markers and pencils of different color, printable card stock (more about that at the bottom of this post), scissors, and fabric scraps. Eventually a compass will be needed, but that will be a few months down the road.
You may want to eventually make these really cool hexagons into a quilt, so you may want to use fabric colors that compliment/contrast well. I have many, many, many designs to show you, so I have no idea how much fabric you will need. You may even want to skip some.
We will only learn one new design a week, so it shouldn't be too hard on anyone.
Now, help me. Learn Along with Hillbilly:__________Hexagons. ( I need that blank filled in.)
Ok, for your Hexagons. Some of these blocks will be VERY intricate. I am using Incomputech (which I use for most of my paper pieces). Use the triangle graph paper. My settings are Page 8.5 x 11, Min. border-0; Line Weight -.5; Triangle side-.5. I like card stock for my EPP. The printed page looks like this:
It is very important that once you decide on a size, you stick to it...especially if you are going to make these all into a quilt!
For my purposes I am going to use Sharpie markers, so that they will be easier for you to see. But when you make yours you need to stick with something more thin lined for accuracy.
You need to draw your first hexie and use this size for all your others.
Just draw it however large you can fit it on your page.
I like mine to be 6 triangles around each side.
(which I noticed that other blog did too.)
The six triangles help you in dividing up your designs a bit better.
Use your straight edge (which I didn't at the top, can you tell?).
This week just work on getting your supplies and very large hexagons ready.
I can't wait to show you the first block next week!
It could even be this:
No, actually it won't. It will be much more intricate.
But I had to show you my pink hearses that have been sitting around forever waiting on me to finish my project with them. Wait until you see the other design that matches this one! I have been just dying to show you. Ha ha ha!