We are on Block #7 ~ Hexie Flowers. Little 5/8" hexies, stabilizer templates and glue. Glue. I have used glue to stick a template to fabric and hand stitch around the edges, but I have not glued the edges before. There sure is a lot of gluing in this BOM!
The first problem I encountered were the templates. I bought the pre-cut stabilizer templates, and it turns out I didn't read the fine print. This block needs 84 hexagons, clearly you can see the bag contains 60. I didn't think it was a HUGE deal, until I tried to find a template online for 5/8" hexagons. It is a weird size? I found every other size except what I needed. At the end of my rope I came across this site: Incometech, You can print graph paper shapes in squares, hexies, octagons ~ just about anything and you can make them any size you need. Really very cool! I printed a copy on a stabilizer sheet (after making sure they were the exact size and the pre-cuts), cut them out and was ready to roll.
Fabric was the next step, one I thought would be easy. I won't go in to detail, just know that I didn't like it not one little bit!! But I played along. I picked. I cut. I counted. I searched. I did it.
I grabbed the glue stick, snatched the templates out of the bag (plus the ones I laboriously cut), and started gluing one template to each little square and you know what? This blew my mind, there were not 60 templates in that bag. Nope. Not 60 at all. There were actually enough for all my 84 hexies and then some!!! Crazy talk! I may have said a few 'swears', more than a few...but dang!
Putting that behind me, it was time to get crackin'! This would be my night time entertainment! I'm so out of control, a wild party girl, stop me now!!
It was slow going. Trim the fabric, glue the edges. Sticky fingers. Like really sticky! I may be doing it wrong, but the glue stick wasn't really that cooperative. I felt like a hot mess. With a few flowers finished, I called it a night.
...and picked it up the next night...
...until I ended up with...
84 of the cutest little glue filled, hexagons!
...put them all together and you have 12 colorful flowers...
There is still work to be done in the form of hand stitching.
Marked and ready. One, two, three...
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Progress. And ahead of time for a change! Block #7...you are soon to be history!
I used a whip stitch to join the hexies. I think I did it right!
For those who are participating in this Skill Builder BOM, Jenn @ A Quarter Inch From The Edge will be hosting a progress link up on the 12th of each month starting in September and going through December. A fun way to share our progress no matter how much or how little you have done.
Who out there uses glue in their quilting? What are your thoughts on this technique? I see the benefit in a dab of glue for hexies or for that first piece of fabric in paper piecing. I'm not sure anything beyond that is for me. We'll see!