Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Take That, Y-Seams!

Learn how to machine-piece hexagons here.

My sewing projects tend to fall into one of two categories: those that I plan far in advance and those I jump into on a whim. My main objective with the former category is usually stash or scrap busting—I want to enjoy the thrill of using up what I have on hand. The method to my madness with the latter group of projects is almost always skill building. I come across something I think will be a challenge and want to prove to myself that I can make it.

Earlier this year, in a QuiltCon class with Mary Fons, I learned that partial seams are no big deal. Since then, I’ve been thinking ... could the same be said of Y-seams, another quilting skill that gets a bad rap? I was determined to find out.

I considered hand-cutting the hexagons for this project—I own Jaybird Quilts’ Hex N More ruler—but I couldn’t muster the energy to use it. Then I thought I would buy some precut hexagons, but I passed on that that option, too. Only a few manufacturers offer hexagon precuts, and the fabric selection is very limited. I ended up buying a hexagon die to use in my AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutter. At the end of my endeavor, I had a nice pile of hexagons cut from my own stash.

And then I started sewing Y-seam after Y-seam and finished this baby quilt ...

Could this be the start of a new infatuation with hexagons?


Look at that Y-seam dead center. Beautiful, right?!

I used part of a layer cake of 30’s Playtime 2015, a Chloe’s Closet collection for Moda. By cutting the 10-inch squares diagonally, I got two 5-inch hexagons and two 2-inch squares out of each layer. I supplemented those with a few prints and solids from my stash. In total, I used 85 hexagons, which created a 30-inch by 31-inch baby quilt. I’m calling it my Happy Hexie Baby Quilt because it makes me so darn happy to have conquered Y-seams. Someday, it will make a baby happy, too, I hope!

I used those 2-inch squares from the layer cake on the back.

This baby quilt was finished off with a sweet floral binding from the stash.

Have you sewn hexagons by machine? (If you haven’t, I’m working on I’ve posted a tutorial about how I approached the task.) Do you hand-piece hexagons? Or does the thought of sewing hexagons—by machine or by hand—send you running?

I’m pretty psyched about this wee quilt. I’d like to go bigger next time and more modern. : )

Learn how to machine-piece hexagons here.

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11 comments:

  1. Oh, I look forward to reading your tutorial on machine piecing hexagons! I've never done them myself. :)

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  2. I love this quilt! I also love hexis. While I've sewn y-seams by machine a few times, I usually EPP my hexis. I currently have 3 hexi quilts in progress, including a large grandmother's flower garden I'm currently hand-quilting and hope to have finished sometime in the next decade. LOL! I'm looking forward to your tutorial on machine piecing, as I have a baby quilt in mind.

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  3. Nice job! Looking forward to the tutorial!

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  4. YES, YES, YES to the tutorial!! I have avoided hexagons because of the hand sewing. I would love to learn to sew them with my machine :)

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  5. I haven't caught the hexagon train just yet. The thought of hand piecing anything doesn't appeal to me. I didn't like hand sewing during my clothes making years so I bought a blind hemmer machine.

    I look forward to your tutorial on machine sewn hexies.

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  6. What a fun quilt! Y-seams do get a bad rap, don't they? I made a quilt earlier this year with giant hexies. I loved machine piecing it. I'm not even tempted to sew hexies by hand.

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  7. Awesome job on your happy hexie quilt! I've seen so many gorgeous hand-sewn hexie projects online; I didn't realize that you COULD sew them by machine. I have eyed those hexagon dies from Accuquilt, too!

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  8. It turned out great! I always make half hexagon quilts so I don't have to deal with those seams. Maybe next time I will give them a try!

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  9. This is so sweet!!! I love a good hexie quilt... I've had a table topper pieced for ages - I may steal your quilting design and actually finish it up:-)

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  10. Great finish! I have never tried Y seams or hexagons but you give me the courage to try them.

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  11. I love machine piecing hexagons, it's definitely not as bad as it's made out to be! Love this sweet quilt, that binding is lovely!

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