I’m trying to get my sewing kit loaded up with Pieced Hexagons, so I have a portable project during the holidays.
I keep printing shapes but they are so perfect I cannot resist sewing them.
I keep emptying my kit!
TIPS FOR PORTABILITY, PRECISION & SPEED
My tips today will help you get portability, precision, AND speed by combining hand and machine piecing—for the best of both worlds.
1. Print the shapes and sew!
Pieced Hexagons go together more precisely and more quickly when you skip the templates and the glue and the basting and the whip-stitching.
2. Plan your route for “continuous stitching.”
This is a concept I demonstrate in detail on the Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD and in both Quilted Diamonds books.
At the end of every seam, before I cut the thread, I look to see if I can continue with the next seam just by turning a corner.
Continuous stitching makes hand piecing faster and even more relaxing.
3. Chain piece some seams by machine for a hybrid!
When I looked at this Pieced Hexagon design to plan my route, I realized there are a lot Dead Ends which limit the opportunities for continuous stitching.
However, I could chain piece edge to edge by machine to get a fast start and then sew the rest by hand!
When we combine hand and machine piecing it is called a hybrid and it works beautifully.
Hybrid piecing is suitable for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) and many other designs too. There are detailed illustrations in the POTC book.
In this Pieced Hexagon, I was able to chain piece several shapes edge to edge. However, when you sew by machine it is sometimes necessary to sew crosshair to crosshair instead of edge to edge. Even that is easier when you have the shapes printed with Inklingo, as shown in one of the videos on the Main Hexagon Page on the website.
Love the lines! Quilt more!
Sew some seams by machine . . .
. . . and sew some seams by hand.
You can add chain pieced shapes to your portable kit, thanks to Inklingo!
Yes, we have the best of both worlds!
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Before I go, I have to show you a close-up of the center of this hexagon.
Sewing with a running stitch with shapes printed with Inklingo makes this kind of precision possible.
Thank you for visiting!
Linda & Monkey
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