Welcome to October and this month’s block for Jacquelynne Steves’ Save The Bees BOM. If you haven’t signed up for this block of the month yet, there’s still time; you can sign up here. This month’s block was so fun and easy to make! I have a different technique to share along with a fabulous giveaway at the end of this post (now closed).
The pattern gives you the option to make this block with traditional paper pieced hexagons or with fusible applique. I chose a hybrid technique using a foundation that is a partially water-soluble stabilizer that you can leave in your project. I used Quilter’s Select Print n Piece Fuse Lite; a few other options are Ricky Tim’s Stable Stuff Poly (non fusible), Hugs n Kisses Applique Paper or Wash Away Applique Sheets by C&T Publishing. This technique is done completely by machine, but it looks like it was done by hand.
Here is my process:
- Trace and cut the hexagon shapes from the stabilizer.
- With the fusible side down, iron each hexagon shape onto your fabric.
- Cut out each shape leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Using water soluble glue such as a Sew Line Fabric Glue Pen, glue baste each side’s seam allowance along the edge of the stabilizer.
- Arrange the hexagons as shown in the pattern.
- Load your sewing machine with clear monofilament thread on top and a size 60/8 or 70/10 needle.
- Set your machine for a zig zag stitch with a 1.0 width and 1.5 length. I’m sewing on a Bernina 770 and this setting gives me the look I want.
- Place two hexagons snuggly together. I don’t bother pinning, I just use my hands to hold them together. Stitch with a zig zag stitch from one end to the other, catching both edges of each hexagon. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
- Take the next adjacent hexagon and do the same thing. This time, you’ll be sewing two sides together.
- Continue until all of the hexagons are sewn together.
- Place the sewn hexagons onto the background rectangle and glue baste it in place.
- Using the same machine set up as before, stitch along the outside edges of the hexagon unit. I still used a narrow zig zag stitch, but I adjusted my stitch length to 2.0.
The stabilizer remains inside the hexagons. It will soften to a very sheer lining. Your beautiful hexagon block will look like it took days to sew together, but that’s our little secret!
Update 10/8/18: This giveaway is now closed.
This month’s giveaway is sponsored by the amazing Aurifil Thread Company. One lucky winner from each participating blog will receive a thread box of Aurifil thread valued at $46 dollars. I love the quality and variety of Aurifil thread and use them all the time!
For my blog, all you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment by Sunday, October 7, 11:59 pm PST, on THIS blog post (not from my home page) telling me WHO taught you to quilt: were you self-taught, did you take a class at a local quilt shop? Maybe it was an online class or a relative that taught you? I was self-taught. I saw an article in Parent Magazine on how to make a doll quilt. I did as the instructions told me and made my first nine-patch quilt!
To leave a comment, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post, and look for the rectangle that says “Enter your comment here”. On October 8, I’ll randomly pick one winner!
Here are the giveaway rules:
- To enter, leave a comment telling me who taught you to quilt.
- You must comment by
11:59 pm PST on Sunday, October 7, 2018. CLOSED.
- There is ONE prize per person per month (in other words, the same person cannot win two prizes within the same month.)
- Giveaway is open to everyone.
- Winner will be chosen at random.
Due to the high volume of comments, I won’t be able to reply to you (unless there is a direct question), but I will read each and every one. Thank you in advance for your participation and for leaving a comment.
You can visit the other participating bloggers and enter their giveaway for another chance to win AND to see what they have done with their block. Here’s a list of the participating bloggers:
- The Crafty Quilter (that’s me!)
- Podunk Pretties
- The Quilting Nook
- The Sewing Loft
- Flamingo Toes
- Kathy’s Quilts
- Freemotion by the River
- A Quilting Life
Remember that you can can post photos in the FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/
Make sure to use #SaveTheBeesQuilt and #SaveTheBeesBOM for social media.