Saturday, 17 March 2012

Pieced and scrap pieced Hexagons

You could cut each hexagon into diamonds, for example.  You could also cut it into halves or 6 triangles or even weird shapes.  Each of these sections need to be pieced back together to make the original hexagon.  It is usually a good idea to have a whole hexagon in the centre, but then, that's up to you to do whatever you wish.
Ooops!  It would appear that the left hand side hexagon has been misplaced by  my servant: he will be punished.

Or, you could scrap piece your hexagon.  Start with your hexagon and dots drawn on a piece of calico and lay face down.  Slap on a piece of scrap fabric which you have straightened all the sides of and pin in place.
Add a second fabric, matching one of the straight edges.  Your fabrics should be right sides together.  Sew along that edge - I just use running stitch or you could machine it.
Flip over (relax..... the fabric, not you!), press and cut excess away by following the lines of piece no.1
Now, we just carry on adding each fabric in a sort-of log cabin way.  I'm going clockwise, but it doesn't matter which way you go, but you will need to be consistent and piece your hexagons in the same direction for each round.  So, the next piece will go along the new edge formed by both pieces, like so
This third piece was laid across the edge formed by the first two pieces of fabric, right sides together, then sewn, flipped over and cut to follow the 'line' already started by the red fabric and I made the new line on the pinkest fabric arbitrarily - you could cut this line anyway you like as it isn't following on from a 'line' already in place.
You would continue round in this manner until all of the sides of the red fabric are covered...
Now, you can start the second round. Start wherever you wish.  The last fabric sewn in will need to be pinned in place.
I'm aiming for only 2 rows of fabrics for this hexagon and the others to go with it.  Naturally, they haven't yet been sewn (what a surprise...)  When you have covered your foundation hexagon, trim off the excess overhanging fabric.  Sew hexagons together from dot to dot.  Sit back and admire (then stick in a drawer until you decide what's going to happen to it - might be a while......).

1 comment:

  1. Dear Penny, I always finish reading your posts with a smile on my face - it's your sense of humour, it appeals to me.