This quilt is already over two years in the making.
How to make English Paper Piecing (EEP) hexagons
I work on it when I’m watching TV or while on holidays away from my sewing machine and my current Dear Jane quilt project.
I’ve calculated the number of 1 inch hexagons I need to cover 100 in square and the figure is a whooping 3815. That is about 545 hexagon flowers at 7 hexies per flower. I have made about 360 flowers so far. So that leaves 180 more flowers to go!
There are many ways to make hexagons. Just in case you didn’t see my earlier tutorial I’m reproducing it here again.
I have chosen a hexagon size which is not too big not too small. Each side of the hexagon is 1 inch and 2 inches across the widest part.
You can download the hexagon template (google doc). Print the required size (there are 4 sizes on the template, mine is 1 inch hexagon) on thick or plain paper and cut – I use plain printer paper. Then make a hole in the centre using a hole puncher so that the paper is easy to remove when no longer needed.
There are 20 hexagons per A4 sheet so print a few copies and cut a bunch of hexies in advance.
An important point to make: Before printing make sure you’re printing at 100% to avoid surprises.
- Fabric squares at least 2 1/2 inches big. 5 inch charm squares are great for this quilt as you get 4 hexies out of each charm square
- Hexagon templates
I am making hexagon flowers. Each flower is made out of 6 hexagons. The hexagon in the middle is white/cream.
Take a hexagon template and a fabric square.
Place the template in the middle of the fabric square, on the wrong side.
Pin to hold paper and fabric together.
Trim the fabric to decrease the bulk.
Now fold the fabric along one of the hexagon sides and press with your fingers.
Fold the next side making both sides meet in the hexagon corner as per photo below.
Do a stitch.
Do a second stitch.
Now move on to the next corner. Do as you did with the previous side.
Now move on to the next corner in the same way as before.
Once you finish the last corner cut the thread. You’re done.
Do all hexagons in this way.
Now take two hexagons and place them side by side as per picture.
Start stitching one side together as per picture.
Continue to the end.
The stitches won’t be visible.
Continue to stitch each side in the same way making a ring.
When you have stitched a ring, add the middle hexagon.
You can press the flower at this time. I used to press with the first flowers I made but I don’t do anymore as I don’t think it matters at this stage.
The flower is done.
Keep the paper until the quilt top is fully assembled.