Video tutorial: 2 English paper piecing projects

Scrappy hexagon quilts are great for several reasons.

You can sew hexies virtually anywhere, for instance when travelling or on holidays.

It is good to go back to your hexagon quilt when you feel like you need a break from other types of sewing, when you are between big projects or just for a relaxing day.

It is also a good way to improve your stitching skills.

Learn to make English Paper Piecing with these two projects:

Print on thick or plain paper and cut. Then make a hole in the centre so that it is easy to remove. There are about 16 hexagons per A4 sheet so print a few copies. Before printing make sure you’re printing at 100%.

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Materials

• one 7 in x 7 in rectangle in red tones for the textured centre square
• two 4 1/2 x 3 inch strips
• two 9 x 3 inch strips

Block size

9 inches.

I used this technique in a fidget quilt.

Lattice closeup

Making the lattice
Draw a 7 in x 7 in grid on a piece of fabric and mark it as per photo. Lines are 1/2 inch apart on both directions.

Diagram

Sew the lattice in groups of 4, i.e. 1 – 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 6 and 7 – 8. Then move to the next 4 lot, i.e. 9 – 10 , 11 – 12, etc and complete each pair of lines up to the end of the grid. Then start from the left again in groups of 4 until the end of the line.

Arrow = pick up both dots together and stitch together and then do another stitch so the stitch doesn’t open

Red dotted line = pick up dot without joining with previous dot, ie carry the thread to the next dot

When moving from one pair of stitches, e.g. moving from 2 to 3, or from 5 to 6, always make a double stitch on the first dot, i.e. on 1, 3, 5, etc. and then make another double stitch after you join a pair, e.g. 1 and 2, 3 and 4, etc.

This is how it goes

Put needle through 1 and then pick up number 2. Pull both dots together and do a double stitch.

Now carry the thread to number 3 and pick it up but do not pull, just do a double stitch on number 3. Now pick up 4 and pull thread to stitch 3 and 4 together. Double stitch there. Now carry the thread to 5 and double stitch. And so on.

You will start seeing the pattern after you complete the first line.

Once you have stitched the grid, you need to stretch the square rather than iron it.

Pin the lattice to for ironing board or other padded surface and steam it with your iron. Let it dry.

Once it is dry, trim it to 5 inches. Iron the edges no more than 1/4 inches around well before stitching the border.

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border.

This is one of my favourite blocks so far. The texture is very rich and it looks great in red.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 13th block in a series of 25 exploring texture in fabric.

Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture such as pin tucks, smocking, shirring and the like. Then a 3 1/2 wide border encloses each centre square.

The colour scheme is red and white/cream alternating reds and white/cream for the centre square and border.

Some of the textures show better on plain colours than on heavily patterned fabric.

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.