How to make a hexagon bag – part 4

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-1/

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-2/

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-3/

By now, you should be able to make the quilters knot.  And ready for finalizing the hexagons…

STEP 7:

Take your thread and past it through the top layer of material as shown in picture.

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Hide the knot underneath the material.

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Then make a stitch through all layers,

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Bring needle through in a new place and then back through the first stitch – this you will always do on seams…

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Continue making these tacking stitch all around and remember to do doubles at the seams.

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This is what it will look like finished.  I done one in green and one in pink.

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Until next time, when we will start putting the hexagons together to make our bag.  You can also use pictures for the centre but then it gets a bit tricky as you have to then decide how you want the finished product to look like.

Have a good sewing day and now we more than half way….

Blessings

Diane.

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How to make a hexagon bag – part 4

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-1/

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-2/

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-3/

By now, you should be able to make the quilters knot.  And ready for finalizing the hexagons…

STEP 7:

Take your thread and past it through the top layer of material as shown in picture.

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Hide the knot underneath the material.

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Then make a stitch through all layers,

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Bring needle through in a new place and then back through the first stitch – this you will always do on seams…

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Continue making these tacking stitch all around and remember to do doubles at the seams.

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ImageThis is what it will look like finished.  I done one in green and one in pink…

How to make a hexagon bag – part 3

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-1/

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-2/

STEP 6:

Now the sewing starts.   

Using any dark contrast cotton, tack those seams and remove the pins.

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For this you need embroidery thread with contains 4 threads… See below.

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Measure the thread from your fingers to your elbow and cut.  Keeping where you cut in your hand – go to the front of the thread and gently pull out one thread.

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Using your quilting needle (small eye) thread the cotton and do a quilters knot.  This i will explain below with aid of some pictures.

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Thread the needle and place the bottom of the thread on your left index finger and put the needle ontop of it as shown in picture.

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Place your left thumb over it and take the thread, which i have now draped over my pinkie, and wrap it around the needle tip 3 times.

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Holding this with your thumb firmly, pull the needle and thread out,

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And there is your quilters knot at the end of the thread.  

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This takes a lot of practice to get it right.  Until next time….

Blessings

Diane

How to make a hexagon bag – part 2

https://dianesthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/how-to-make-a-hexagon-bag-part-1/

Now all your hexagons should be cut out, pasted onto batting and then onto the wrong side of the outer hexagon.

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STEP 5:

Always start on your left side of the hexagon when foiding in the seams.  See where i am pointing to the line that i made..

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Fold the material over on the line and lightly finger-press it..

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Then fold it over onto the inner hexagon and it should look like this.

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Fold in all the seams and pin it down until you get to the top seam.

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NB :  The corners must line up and if it does not, you need to fix it as you might have cut it out wrongly.  See where i am pointing too.

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Now fold in the top seam and pin.

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Pin all the hexagons and get ready for the next section which is the sewing.  For this you will need quilting needle (small eye) and embroidery thread.  I prefer using a thread that will blend in with the background.  For example, i will use a green thread and if my outer hexagon is read or pink material, then i would use red or pink thread.

Until next time, happy pinning!

Blessings

Diane

How to make a hexagon bag – part 1

Step 1:

First get the material that you like, then wash it in cold water and iron when dry.  This is always step 1 in all quilting projects.

Step 2:

Have old xrays on hand as you will use this for your templates.  For my bag i used the 6 inch hexagon in diameter for the inside and for the outer hexagon i used the 7 inch hexagon in diameter…  Cut out the paper hexagons and once done, paste it onto an xray.  

Step 3:

INNER HEXAGONS:

  • cut out 19 material hexagons  by placing the template on the wrong side of the material , drawing the lines and then cutting it

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  • 19 hexagons of batting.- place template on batting, draw the lines and cut out exactly.

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  • Then apply some pritt to the back of the material hexagon and place it ontop of the batting hexagon.  Image

OUTER HEXAGON

  • place your template on the back of the material and draw your lines.  Remember when you cut it out you must add +-1 inch on all around.  Then take your inner template, place it on the material and draw your lines and you will see its the same width all around.  The reason for this is to make sure your inner hexagons are in the center.Image

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STEP 4:

Once the material and the batting have been glued together – put some glue on the back of the batting and place it on the markings of your outer hexagon, Press down lightly.Image

We will continue in the second part.  From here on in – things go quick as all the preparation has been done.  If you have any questions, please ask..

Blessings

Diane…

Assembly of Alphabet Charts

I have included the approximate letter size for some of the patterns (towards the end, when I hit the jackpot, I did not do as much counting.) This should make it easier to choose my favorite!

http://www.chemknits.com/2009/08/assembly-of-alphabet-charts.html

2nd pillow – part 1

So we decided to make another pillow that being the Dresden Plate Quilted pillow.

First we decided on the colours (dark, medium and light colours), made our templates and remembering to add 1cm seam all around, draw the templates of the back of the material and cut out those templates.

 Taking the pointed template cut out and the round head one, place back to back.  Then pinning the two corners together.  Threading your no. 8 needle and start sewing small stitches from the bottom up...

Taking the pointed template cut out and the round head one, place back to back. Then pinning the two corners together. Threading your no. 8 needle and start sewing with a double stitch and then  small stitches from the bottom up…End with a double stitch again, pull thread through to other side and do some stitches back again,  Cut off the remaning thread. As you will always work with 3 pieces at once, at the next piece and sew.

Start with a double stitchStart with a double stitch

Three pieces sewn together.... Now start on the next three, in the same sequence.

Three pieces sewn together…. Now start on the next three, in the same sequence.

Place you next set next to the first one until you form the pattern...

Place you next set next to the first one until you form the pattern…

Third set sewn - can you see the pattern forming....

Third set sewn – can you see the pattern forming….

make sure that your stitches appear on the lines on either side of the pieces....

make sure that your stitches appear on the lines on either side of the pieces….

Now you have 4 sets of three pieces sewn together.  Starting sewing the sets together in the same manner.

All four sets sewn together....

All four sets sewn together….

Next week, i will continue with the next step.  So far, easy peasy!!!!!!!!