This just might be the year of finishing all those works in progress, because I have another project that I pulled out of the closet. This one is a hexagon tablerunner. Hexagons are one of my favorite things to work with because you get sew by hand and machine.
About three or maybe four years ago, I joined a group called Get Your Hex On that was on Flickr. For one month out of the year, one of us got to be the Queen Bee, sending out to our fellow sewers the fabric and instructions for that month’s project. None were the same, which kept things interesting. For my month I chose a project that will end up becoming a tablerunner. It did not start out that way.
The inspiration for my project started with this book, Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher. There a lot of really great ideas in here, but for this group I wanted to keep it small, so I picked out a placemat project.
These are just the cutest little placemats ever! I was all set for making these, but the more pragmatic side of me got the upper hand. I just couldn’t see eating on these after so many other people helped me make them. Nope, just couldn’t do it.
A Hexagon Tablerunner is Born
So instead of placemats, I decided to sew all the sections that were coming in, from all parts of the world not just the U.S., into one big tablerunner. My heart stopped hurting since I know I won’t be putting food on it, or dribbling milk stains. Not that we dribble.
This is what the back of the project looks like. While I’m whip-stitching the sections together, some of the papers do fall out, but over all I like to keep them in for stability. I wrote the name of each person as they came in so I could remember the people that helped make this possible.
I’m not there yet, but when I do get there, this all the fabric I have left to finish the sides. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to trim the sides at this point, or add more hexagons all in one color and then trim. This just makes it so fun when you get to decide all the finishing touches. I was able to sew on a whole section, number 7 last night, so if I do one section each night, I should be able to finish this cute hexagon tablerunner by Friday. I’m holding my breath.
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