Hello! Are you surprised to see me around? Well, me too! 40 weeks pregnant, my friends! Can you imagine how anxious I am?! The only certainty I have right now is that, I'm definitely learning to be more patient... God knows what lessons we need to learn.
Talking about quilting, I've learned some new techniques too! I've to confess, I've never made anything with hexagons before. I had a click when re-watching some classes on Craftsy few weeks ago. Sewing at the machine in the first weeks of my newborn is a very ambitious thing to plan, but I do need to keep my hands busy while he's naping or just quiet (Am I too optimist?)... actually making hexagons now have helped me to keep my mind busy while waiting for his arrival.
I started my newest adventure printing some hexagons templates. I printed them on card stock paper. It's totally worth it as I'm using the templates for the second time. Even perforated by the needle, they still working great. Find some free templates here (many sizes available) also here. I used the 1 inch (measurement on each side of the hexagon).
I have a tip to share. The mini charm packs or the Moda candy as they are known are PERFECT to make 1" hexagons! Each collection come with 42 2.5"x 2.5" squares. All you need to do is to cut each corner of the square then wrap each new shape on the paper and sew them by hand.
As each mini charm pack come with 42 squares I could make six Grandmother's flowers garden blocks with no waste of any square. Score!
I decided to applique two of the flowers in a flour sac towel I bought at Amazon while ago. The set came with seven towels, perfect to make some for you as well as to give some as a gift. As my mom is here (Yuuupi!) I asked her to crochet a simple border on the edges of the towels. It turned out to be so cute... (I've more coming in different colors).
I decided to use my machine to applique instead of doing it by hand. I think you agree the kitchen towels go a lot in the washing machine. I chose the stitch bellow (showed in the left side of the machine's screen). It also turned out great and almost invisible to see from a distance.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and get excited to make some hexagons! Do you have a stockpile of mini charm packs like I have?! Go for the hexagons! It's also relaxing and addicting!
I've just linked up my post on WIP Wedsnesday hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced. Go to see what everyone else is making this week!