Loose Threads: August 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gluing and Sewing Hexagons


Summer is flying by quickly, and I've been keeping busy.  I've been spending most evenings gluing and sewing hexagons.  Here is my first one sewn together for my version of the Road 66 quilt from Di Ford's book, Primarily Quilts.  These are 1 1/8" hexagons.


 

Here is the photo of the quilt from the book.  I love all of the fussy cutting used in the blocks and the diamonds that form the path through the hexagon flowers.  I just love this quilt.




Here are a few of the 1/2" hexagons that I've made for a different project.  These go together quickly, and I can see an entire quilt done with these small blocks.  These little ones are really addictive.





In this post, I talked about glue basting hexagons versus thread basting.  Since then, I have tried all of these different glue sticks, and they all work.



These Elmer's Disappearing Purple Glue sticks are my favorite for the larger hexagons.  I found 12 of these sticks at Meijer for $4.98 last week.  You should have seen my family roll their eyes when I came home with 12 glue sticks.  I just told them that it might be a long winter, and I wouldn't want to run out of glue.



If you put the line of glue away from the very top edge, you won't be sewing through the glue when you join the hexagons, but the fabric will still hold.  The glue goes on purple, but dries clear.  For the 1/2" hexagons, it is a lot easier to use the Sewline glue pen though.




I hope you are finding some time to stitch today or maybe you've caught the English Paper Piecing bug and are gluing hexagons.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 

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