2 tools you need to perfectly align hexagon wool applique shapes by Claire Haillot February 9, 2022 written by Claire Haillot February 9, 2022 348 Welcome back! We’re halfway done making this stunning Snow Crystals Hexie Pillow pattern designed by Christine Baker and available at Upper Canada Quiltworks. Yesterday, I showed you how to use fusible web with wool applique. Now let me show you my simple steps to achieving the perfect alignment of hexagons using my two favorite tools for precision positioning. Enjoy the perfectly aligned hexies on the Snow Crystals Hexie Pillow pattern designed by Christine Baker. The first step is to audition your hexagons on the background wool to ensure your layout is balanced in terms of color flow. But before you begin, I suggest marking your background fabric to avoid having to remove your layout once you’re set. It’s the perfect time to use your Sew Easy Colour & Tone Guide and Tonal Estimator. The tonal estimator helps you see easily if there is a hexagon not sitting well in your layout. Audition your layout to ensure proper color flow. Here’s how I marked my background wool piece to ensure proper positioning of hexagons. I started by marking a line in the center of the fabric, both vertical and horizontal. I used a Clover Chacopen with Eraser – Air Erasable – Pink for this project as I didn’t need much time to position my wool hexies and fuse them to the background fabric. I then drew a horizontal line above and below the center line so I could position the first row of hexagons while ensuring I was keeping a straight line. The Clover Chacopen with Eraser is safe to use on my wool fabric. To leave an even ¼’’ between each hexagon, I used my Omnigrid 1” x 12’’ ruler, but you can also use the seam allowance mark on the hexagon template. Once the first row was evenly positioned, I was able to position the rest of the hexagons either ¼’’ above or below the center row. Using the Omnigrid 1” x 12’’ ruler for precise positioning of the hexagons Once I was happy with the layout, I fused the hexagons to the background fabric using my Oliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron, UNIQUE Quilting Double Sided Applique Pressing Sheet and UNIQUE Quilting Wool Pressing Mat 18″ x 24″. The wool pressing mat was perfect for placing my wool background on while aligning the hexies. I just love how I can easily pin my fabrics onto the wool mat whenever I need to, for extra security. Using the UNIQUE Quilting Wool Pressing Mat while positioning my wool applique onto the background fabric At this stage, I simply left the project on my pressing mat with a cotton fabric over it secured in place with pins. I was ready to head to the cottage for some embroidery stitching. That was a very relaxing time… you can read all about it in tomorrow’s post. This is part 3 of 5 in this series Go back to part 2: Fusible web with wool applique really works (tricks of the trade) Go to part 4: A beginner’s guide to blanket stitch wool applique (tutorial) Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs402Clover Chacopen with Eraser - Air ErasableClover Gold Eye Chenille Needles No.22DMC Embroidery FlossHeatnBond Feather Lite Iron-On AdhesiveKAI 1000 Series Embroidery Scissors - 5½″notionsOliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart IronOmnigrid Ruler - 1″ x 12″quilt tutorialstemplate setthreadstutorialsUNIQUE Quilting double sided non-stick reusable applique sheetUNIQUE Quilting wool pressing mat 18″ x 24″ FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Claire Haillot Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides, and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European, and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing, and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice in Salon 2012 • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 and 2016 • Second Place in Salon 2016 • Best of show at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston 2018. previous post Fusible web with wool applique really works (tricks of the trade) next post A beginner’s guide to blanket stitch wool applique (tutorial) YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... Sewing a hanging sleeve to your quilt, the... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Quilt-as-you-go scrappy mug... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Improv strip-pieced placemat Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Adding a hand-stitched... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Wonky quilt block... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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