Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hexagon info and other Tips

I've had a few questions about hexagons recently and I keep meaning to post a little hexagon information, so here it is. Finally.

For the hexagons I'm doing, I use the 1 1/2" hexagon cardstock pieces. (The 1 1/2" measurement is the length of each of the six sides. That's where that number comes from.)  I bought my pieces from www.paperpieces.com.  They arrived super fast. I think it cost me $19.00 for 300 ready-to-use pieces. To me, the price was totally worth not having to spend the time cutting them out myself.  And I like that the cardstock gives a little more shape and stability to the process.

Also, I don't cut out hexagon shaped fabric.  I use 3 1/2" squares. Much faster and easier to cut out.  

Angela lists some good hexagon tutorials here.  The thing that really helped me most (I'm such a visual learner) were these Hexagon Tutorial videos at Texas Freckles. They're really short and gave me the confidence to pick up this new hobby.

Hope that helps answer some of those burning questions and gets you ready to start hexing yourself. (That sounds a little like something from Harry Potter.)

In other fun news, my little magnetic pin dish tutorial was featured over at Tipnut.com yesterday. Fun stuff! Have you visited Tipnut.com? Oh my - it's one of my favorite sites for helpful information (tips, if you will) on a myriad of topics. Great links to craft patterns, recipes, gardening, household, downloads, etc. I love it - it's one of my go-to sites!

6 comments:

Patchwork Penguin said...

I use the paper pieces also and love them! I like being able to baste through the corners of the paper... somehow I couldn't get a crisp corner with just whip stitching the folds.

I have about 50 flowers done and need to get a total of 130 for the quilt I want. In my spare time.....

Then at Quilt Odyssey I bought some 1/2-inch hexies.... I am so out of my mind.

Blue Is Bleu said...

Whenever I do start doing hexes, I'm definitely getting the pre-cut pieces. And I'm glad to know the 1.5" is the measurement of one of the sides... I was starting to think everyone was insane, doing 1.5" hexes because I thought that was the diameter lol!!!

Petit Design Co. said...

LOL I'm going to start hexing people

"B--- said...

I am out of the loop, do you make a quilt or a wall hanging with hexagons? And if a quilt, isn't it going to be stiff with the cardboard?

amy smart said...

B-- Great questions. I am going to make a wall hanging with these particular hexagons.

The cardboard pieces are only basted in until the hexagons are sewn together, then they are removed and feel nice and flat.

Hope that helps a little. Don't hesitate to ask more questions if you want to!

trish said...

I am so glad to have ordered my hexagons from paperpieces. I am new at creating hexagons and they are just perfect for me. Worth every penny. Also, Texas Freckles is who inspired me. :o) Don't you love blogging and all the helpful ideas?! :o)