Block 36 – Inchy Hexagon Club

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Oh boy when I saw all of those tiny hexagons! Get the pattern at The Splendid Sampler. There are 42 itsy bitsy hexagons. I knew I couldn’t be patient enough to hand stitch all of them, so I had to come up with another way.I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the hexagons from Dura-Lar film.

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I cut small pieces of scrap fabric to wrap around the hexagons. The pieces had to be large enough to wrap an elastic band around. I used the small elastic bands which I found at the dollar store in the beauty section to hold the fabric.

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I pulled the fabric tight in the elastic band so that the hexagons were flat and secure.

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I sprayed them generously with starch solution and let them dry overnight. Once they completely dried, I cut off the elastic bands and trimmed so less than 1/4 inch of fabric was on the back. I pressed the hexagon flat making sure that the edges were smooth.

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I ended up with a nice variety of colors and planned on using the 6 light grey hexagons for the flower centers. I arranged them by color to decide how to arrange the final design.

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I cut out a small square of grey fabric to hold the flowers together and used  Elmer’s Washable School Glue to secure the hexagons in the flower shapes.

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The hexagons didn’t meet up perfectly, but I knew once they were sewn down that you wouldn’t notice the gaps. Here are all six flowers. I decided to keep the color families together and form a rainbow.

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I chose a darker grey background and glued down all the flowers.

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I sandwiched the top, batting and backing and then stitched down the hexagons.

Here’s how I quilted it:

  • Using the foot labeled with an “I” blanks stitch around each of the hexagons
  • Stitch the border design like the other blocks.

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Definitely the nonconventional way to complete this block, but I am happy with the results and I didn’t have to hand stitch.

Until Next Time!

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2 thoughts on “Block 36 – Inchy Hexagon Club

  1. Beth says:

    You sewed them down using a blanket stitch? Whew – all that turning – makes me dizzy just to think about it! Yours look great.

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