Yesterday we had fun doing a small, fun and quick applique project with easy to use HEATNBOND® EZ Print Lite 10 pcs – 22 x 28cm (8½” x 11″).
Today I’m going to show you how to do hexagons the easy “Paul” way with the help of this great ruler: SEW EASY® Triangle Ruler 60° – 8″ x 9¼” (20.3 x 23.5cm). This 60° ruler is also available in size 12″ x 13⅞”.
Many quilters create wonderful quilts using hexagons. I envy their patience as they cut and baste all those hexagons. Then they have all that hand sewing to do in order to sew them all together. Myself, I’d much rather sit at the machine and let the machine sew!
With this 60° triangle ruler you can make hexagons as little or as big as the ruler will let you.
All you need to use this ruler is a straight edge on your piece of fabric. In my case, I have leftover 3” strips to use.
You’ll need to cut six triangles to make each hexagon. Once the first triangle is cut, rotate the ruler around so that the tip is lined up with the bottom edge of the strip, the top edge of the strip is along the 3″ mark and the cut edge of the first triangle is lined up along one side of the ruler. Keep cutting and flipping the ruler around until you’ve cut all of the required triangles.
Once you’ve cut the required number of pieces for your quilt top, place them in rows as shown in the picture below.
Once you have a layout that you like, sew the triangles together to form each row, then sew the rows to each other. You can see that I placed a half triangle at the end of each row to make the sides straight. Alternatively, you can omit these and just trim the edges straight after sewing all of your triangles together.
One other feature of this ruler that you’ll like is that there are horizontal markings every ⅛” and the vertical lines help to keep everything lined up. There’s a ¼” line on all 3 sides of the ruler which makes it easy to use if you’re working with stripes or if you need to fussy cut fabrics.
Fussy cutting a piece of fabric or using stripes can add fun and visual interest in the making of hexagons as you’ll see in the next photo.
Over the past week I’ve had a lot of fun showing you how to use many helpful tools to make some simple projects. I hope you’ll give them a try.
See you again in my next blog!
This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Time saving applique method using HeatnBond EZ-Print Lite