Yesterday, I introduced you to the adorable Snow Crystals Hexie Pillow pattern designed by Christine Baker and available at Upper Canada Quiltworks. Today, let’s get started! The first step is to mark the HeatnBond Feather Lite Iron-On Adhesive.
I used a hexagon template to mark my HeatnBond fusible web. I began by drawing 2 lines matching the width of my hexie and then positioned the template between the two lines to mark the 4 other edges. After that, I simply cut out one to two hexagons for each wool piece leaving about ¼’’ excess fusible web around the shapes.
I fused the fusible web using:
- Oliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron
- UNIQUE Quilting wool pressing mat 18″ x 24″
- UNIQUE Quilting double sided non-stick reusable applique sheet
The applique pressing sheet is a brown reusable, double-sided pressing sheet I use when fusible web is necessary to protect my iron against accidental contact with the adhesive. Made from glass fiber with a Teflon coating that withstands heat up to 280° C (530° F) it also protects the wool fabric against excessive heat.
I started using the Oliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron in spring 2020 and the wool pressing mat in spring 2021 and have to admit that they’ve really helped me in my quilting projects. I now realize how important it is to have the right tools to ease your creative process. I know it can be quite overwhelming when you start quilting as a hobby, but keep in mind that it’s important to treat yourself to a new tool to help you perfect your art at least once a year!
All that was left to do was to cut out my hexagons using my KAI 1000 Series Embroidery Scissors – 5½″. I love those scissors! They have a sharp point and straight blade that cut through the wool with precision. And the soft ergonomic handle grips made the cutting fatigue-free. You can’t beat that!
Now, for the fun part of placing the hexagons on the background fabric, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s blog post to see all my tips and tricks.