starting a hexagon habit
Because I need another hobby, another mess, another work in progress, another anything, like I need a hole in the head, I made a conscious decision to start a hexagon habit. I've pretty much always loved these little things, with my earliest memory of them most likely coming from an old quilt at my grandparents house (a pattern similar to this one). And though I've made them before, it has always been a few here and there for specific projects. I want more. Lots more.
So I made a template to cut out my own paper pieces, sat down with some odd bits of fabric, and started. There's already a small project that is calling out for seven of these, but the rest will accumulate. Maybe someday they'll be a pillow or even a quilt. For now, they will be hexagons.
If you're looking to start a new habit (and use your fabric odds and ends), here's how I make my hexagons:
After cutting out the paper pieces (you can also buy them already cut), pin them onto the fabric. Cut out around them, leaving at least 1/4 inch on each side.
Fold over two edges so the fabric is tight against the paper and forms a sharp corner. Take a few stitches to hold the corner in place, without stitching through the paper. Some folks stitch through the paper too, but I find this method easier, especially when it comes to removing the papers later.
By the way, I use hand quilting thread for this, but regular thread will do.
Continue around all the sides and corners until you have a neat little hexagon.
Before long you'll have stacks of these little guys and you'll be arranging them and playing with them and looking at them like they're pieces of candy. I've made 16 so far, with the next 16 pieces of paper all cut and ready to go. They're so enjoyable to work on! They're also pretty portable, especially if you make up a little kit like Jodi did.
Soon I'll share how these all get joined and a way to put them to use right away, so get hexagon stitching!