We’ve really had some fun with the hexagon focus in our May/June issue. If you missed these posts, you’ll want to have a look.
While looking for interesting hexagon-related quilt projects to go with this issue, I discovered Hickory Nuts.
Each set is two pieces. The center is the “nut” and the outer piece is called the “shell.”
You also need to cut a piece of batting using the smaller template. I just pulled a scrap out of the bag I use for dusting. You did know that batting scraps are great for dusting, right? Happens annually at my house. But anyway…
Lay the larger hexagon right side down and put the batting in the center of it with the smaller hexagon on top. I offset it so you could see it better. In reality you want them lined up nicely and centered.
Using an iron without steam (ask me how I know), fold one side of the hexagon so that the raw edge touches the raw edge of the small hexagon and press.
Continue around, pressing one side at a time, until all six sides are pressed in.
Now comes the fun part—you get to sew. I secured the small hexagon and the batting in place with a pin and used thread to match the large hexagon. (I removed it before I snapped the photo.) One at a time, fold each side toward the center again and blindstitch it in place.
I used a Clover Wonder Clip to keep things in place.
In this photo, I have sewn down three sides and half of the fourth. Two sides remain.
When you’re finished, secure the stitching and cut the thread. You have the cutest little framed hexie!
At this point my imagination started to fire. I thought it would be fun to try some machine quilting. I stitched each hexagon in the ditch and then I did some decorative free-motion quilting.
This one got a spiderweb-type design.
The next one got a flower. This one’s a little wonky but I think with practice I will improve.
The last one got a Star of David.
Remember, these have batting in them, so at this point they are finished and you can do whatever you want with them. I think they’ll make adorable Christmas decorations. I also want to try printing a photo on the small hexagon—a grandchild’s photo would be fun!
I decided to join these three with a zigzag stitch from the top. I butted them together and used invisible thread. I set the stitch very short and narrow. The stitching became almost invisible.
These are small. They’re 3″ from point to point and a little over 2.5″ from side to side. The length of this three-piece unit is just over 7.5″.
They were a little small for machine quilting. You really don’t want your fingers that close to the needle. Next time I would join a half dozen of them first and then do the quilting.
I’m anxious to try the bigger sizes. The Large size finishes at 4″ from point to point. The Extra Large finishes at 7.5″ from point to point. It fits perfectly on a 10″ square if you’d like to use precuts.
I would recommend this method. It’s easy and relaxing if you enjoy handwork. The instructions indicate that all of the work can be done on the machine if you prefer.
With a little practice I think they’ll come out beautifully. Wouldn’t this be a perfect long-term project made from scraps? I can hardly wait to get started.
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