Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's Sunday and I'm stitching slow....

Over a month ago I posted how far along I had gotten on my Hexie Quilt here.  Since then I've been working on it quite a bit and it's now reached this size.  Since I only have one more of the 'blocks' that I had pre-made ..... I need to start working up some more of them.

It takes a LOT of paper hexagons to baste and sew together so while I was sewing along I started thinking about how I 'reuse' my papers when I remove them as they get sewn together.   
When I first started I did buy several pkgs of paper hexagons from my LQS.  Then I found Geta Grama's site and she has a downloadable template so you can print and cut your own papers.   

So I bought me a ream of 110wt cardstock and started printing.  [[Make sure your printer is printing to scale]]  You don't want to do all that work and then not be able to use the paper hexies because they printed the wrong size.  Yep!  I did that!! 

So after printing and cutting I started basting ..... and sewing ..... and as I sewed I used to fold the adjoining hexie so I could get a good straight seam.  That made the papers weaken at those folds.  I found if I ironed them they would toughen up a bit and they were good for another baste.  
This is a picture of how distorted they can get after folding.  

After I had a pile of papers removed I would take a big handful and use a hot dry iron and just press.  (do not iron back and forth)  Just press & lift and press until all papers are flat.  Works like a charm and I've been able to reuse these papers over and over.  Now when I find one that is too flimsy I just toss it and look forward to printing some more.  Thanks Geta!  

I'm heading over to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching to link up.  And from there I'll be linking on Karen's Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party.  Come and join us to see what others are working on.   
But for now..... Have a great weekend.  And stitch happy! 


18 comments:

  1. Thanks for all those great tips! I haven't made a hexie quilt yet, but I'm sure I will someday!
    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank YOu for still keeping your linky. I bet if you ever start on Hexies you'll be hooked. The more I do the more I love them.

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  2. I press my templates too. The card stock works great doesn't it? I ran into hand problems when I epp, still working out what I can do about that

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    1. OH yes I definitely know about those hand problems. I had to back off for awhile until I could get my thumb back. Now I give it a rest before it gets too bad. So far I'm still hexing happy. ;o)

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  3. Love your quilt so far--it's going to be gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I love it too and even though I know it may be years until I finished I'm ok with that. I love the process.
      Glad you stopped by.

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  4. Looking great! I used my templates many times over.

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    1. Thanks Mary. Some of mine are getting a little weak but I always think I can get just one more use. lol Then I toss.

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  5. LOVE your hexies!! And your tips!! Is that "Aqua Terra" that I see under your iron and templates? - I think I have some of that somewhere - ;))

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    1. ROFL OMGosh! YES!! And I still have some left!!!

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  6. I LOVE your progress on your hexie quilt. It looks great! Happy Stitching xo jan

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  7. Your Hexie quilt is great! I love the colors.

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  8. The hexie quilt is looking great. We were at DGD volleyball tournament all day, but tomorrow I hope to post a photo of what I have done on my Hunter Star.

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    1. Thanks Donna. I'll be looking forward to seeing you progress. Hunter Star is one of my favorites.

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