If I remember correctly, I think I was in my teens when I first saw English Paper Piecing (EPP), and thinking to myself that it looked too complicated. I didn’t even give it a try! Well, a decade later and inspiration from social media tools such as Pinterest and Instagram, I’ve decided to give it a go! Especially now that i have some sewing experience and understand the methods being used, it doesn’t seem so intimidating. While at the latest quilt show in my area, I picked up a package of 1″ EPP Hexagons and three Moda Candy mini charm packs. I know you can print and cut these little shapes out…but I don’t see myself taking the time out for that. I did see a scrapbook tool for cutting out shapes and I may go that route when I find myself needing more templates. For now, I have 100 pieces to get me started!
In one week I finished converting one mini charm pack into hexies! They are so much fun! I started with Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics. Vintage florals on beige, pink, blue, and brown pair nicely with our decorative tea pots around the house. I don’t have a specific plan in mind, but I really love an idea I found on Pinterest of adorned placemats. I like the idea of vertical hexies on linen, like this one.
With all the supplies that go into making Hexies, I used one layer of my craft container to keep me organized. In here I have my thread, scissors (I need smaller ones), paper hexies, mini charms, needle booklet, and of course paper clips (vs glue for holding your hexie in place).
Many thanks to the following tutorials that helped me through my first set of hexies. I’ll be returning to these when I’m ready to join them together. On the other hand, I may applique them to placemats, but either way, great references!
Bee in My Bonnet – Hexie Paper Piecing Tutorial
The Zen of Making – English Paper Piecing, Hexies Part 1
The Zen of Making – English Paper Piecing, Hexies Part 2
Looks like I’m not the only one obsessed with hexies, here’s a great post from Wombat Quilts about her EPP adventures! I just read this before publishing my post 🙂
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