This quilted hexagon runner has been my favorite project so far this year. I was so relaxed with the quilting and the finished runner makes me so happy! The size of the project really makes the difference between easy or difficult with me. Quilting small projects may just be what I will stick with for a while.
A word about EPP
Before I get into the quilting and share the finished runner, I thought I would share some of the things I learned about English Paper Piecing. (EPP)
- The difference between basting hexagons does really make a difference. I love basting my hexagons with non-visible basting stitches. Now that I have had to take those hexagon papers out, my opinion has changed. It is much easier to take the papers out of basting that shows. Here is a link where I shared videos of both techniques.
- Leaving the papers in until the very end helps keep things stable. I believed that before, and I still do.
- Make sure there is a good seam allowance left on the back of the hexagon. It is very helpful when you are getting ready to sew on borders.
- Use good paper for your hexagons, it makes the process much easier to handle.
- If your hands start cramping while whip stitching, (mine did) you can use a clip to hold them together on the far corner away from where you are sewing.
One of my other favorite hobbies is doodling in my sketchbook. I used the same concept when I quilted this runner with straight lines. I didn’t plan it out, I just created sections in the shape of a triangle and filled it in with evenly spaced lines. The way it makes patterns on the hexagons has good impact.
Doodling Quilting Patterns in my Sketchbook
I spent a good hour Wednesday night and Thursday quilting this runner. When I turned off the machine for the night, I realized that I was almost out of the top thread. That is a first! Normally I run out of bobbin thread, so I count this as a milestone in my sewing thread supply. I used a cream colored thread so that I could see it. Can you see it?
Finished Quilted Hexagon Runner
Well, it’s almost finished. I was digging around in the closet looking for the perfect binding fabric. Just when I was down to the last bin I found all the left over fabric from the same fabric line that I made the hexagons with! Yippee! There was a lot of fist pumping action as I congratulated myself and thanked the Lord.
The binding was the perfect touch, I love the pattern that it makes all the way around the quilted hexagon runner.
Tada! I love how it looks on my kitchen table with this green ceramic bowl filled with fruit. I’m leaving this right here. Not moving a thing. Until dinner.
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