This is part of the Hexy MF quilt along series. You can jump in any time, all of the previous posts can be found here. We’d love to have you!
This week rather than a how to step I’m giving you the opportunity to ask questions and I’ll answer them in the comments, so be sure to check back.
(photo by Jeanette on flickr)
Is there anything so far that you need help understanding? Not the steps we haven’t covered yet – so far we are up to sewing your rows together (in the instructions, at least! You can be at any stage – it’s not a race!) Any of the applique or steps that we haven’t covered yet I’ll do posts on those, so if you have a general question on those -ask away, but anything specific it will be covered in the next few posts.
(photo by Rosa’s quilt and tonic on flickr)
One question I have had so far quite a few times is when can you start removing papers. As soon as a hexagon is surrounded on all sides you can take out that centre paper. So for example, the centre of the flower is surrounded on all sides and is the first paper you remove.
Another question I’ve had a few times is regarding the needles and thread breakages. I use beeswax or thread conditioner with my thread. I use Aurifil 50 wt and it is a thinner cotton thread, so it can break more easily than a poly thread or a thicker thread. Beeswax really helps, and it helps prevent the thread twisting which is most of the problem with breakages – as the thread twists it becomes weaker.
The needles I prefer are clover black gold in size 9 or 10. They don’t seem to make my hand cramp up as much, and I don’t get sweaty fingers with these. They are really sharp and run through the fabric smoothly. Plus they’re black and gold – so they look fancy (and that always helps!!!)
(photo by Bonnie on flickr)
Anything you want clarification on or help? Ask away!!!