HEXIES ARE GOING VIRAL!
Hexagonal shapes can be found in both my worlds - virus research and quilting! And they are HOT! Everyone seems to be turning out hexies :) So I too have made the leap from my viral world to quilts and am experimenting with the creation of these shapes in fabric. I have to credit my wonderful quilting crew for hints, advice, and support! After a horrible experience of guess work on my own and then a wonderful hands-on class night at our Modern Quilt Guild I have success and thought I would share the tools and tricks to making these fab shapes.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE!
- Fiskars Hexagon X-large easy squeeze punch: This size gives you a final hexie that is 2" across from point to point.
- Fons & Porter water-soluble fabric glue stick and refills: There are many brands on the market. This one was the only one at the store and I didn't want to order one online - it works perfect! I do suggest you get the refill packs at the same time just in case you go hexie crazy and run out! They are addictive to make :)
- Fabric squares (2 1/2" square) - This was a perfect use of all my scraps from previous projects; it pays to keep those scraps :)
- Card stock - From a 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock I was able to punch 24 hexies. As the card stock was about $0.40 a sheet this was very economical; however, you can purchase precut hexies from many stores in so many different sizes. It was definitely cheaper to buy the punch and paper and make my own!
MY MAKING HEXIES PROCESS!
6. Rotate hexi template and repeat step #5 for each side (5 more times until each side is folded over and secured.
NOTE: It is important to make sure you are doing these steps on a hard surface and as you wrap the edges of fabric over , make sure fabric is pulled taut but not overly stretched!
8. I give a quick press with a hot iron, let cool, and then slip my finger gently between the fabric and paper template to release them. Pop out the paper back and give a quick press again!
*NOTE: Use freezer paper or other non-stick paper between them and your iron to protect from getting glue on your iron!
9. You've done it! Now let your imagination run wild and design a cool one-of-a-kind hexie quilt of your own :) Mine may turn out to look like giant viruses by EPP (English Paper Piecing) them together. I will post my creations as they come alive...send me pics of what you've made and I will post them in a future blog!