When I read about The ScrappyAppleyard Quilt Shoppe and noticed they were located in my home state, I placed my order immediately. The templates I use are 1" size. They come packaged with about 80 plates to a package. Since these are re-usable I only needed 2 packages to give me all the templates I would need to do my Hexagon Star Quilt. As soon as all six sides were connected to another side, I would remove my template. This made handling the project easier as it became larger.
I will show you how I make each hexie for this quilt. I still have a few rounds to go before this is complete.
This is the packaging of the 1" mylar templates that I ordered from The Scrappy Appleyard Quilt Shoppe.
I cut 2.5" squares of the fabrics I am using for the project. Then I trim off the corners.
After they are completely tacked at all intersections, I remove the little pins from the center of the template.
Sorry about the quality of this picture. What I have done is put two hexies together with right sides facing and then I have used a very tiny whip stitch.
This is the place that the type of thread you use really matters.
I use a very fine thread. Many quilters use silk thread for this step and so do I sometimes. However, most of the time I am using a poly thread made by Wonderfil called Invisifil. It is very fine like silk but not quite as costly.
Most of the time I use a cream or a white thread. Since it is so fine and my stitches are very small and close together it gives an invisible join from the right side. The exception to this would be if I were doing something with very dark colors then I would change to a grey or dark taupe.
My needle of choice is a very small sharp in size 11 or 12. This is the same size needle that I use for hand quilting.
Notice the very short tail coming off the needle. I choose to tie a knot at the top of my needle after I thread it so that the thread will not slip out of the needle as I am sewing.
Using very fine thread allows you to tie that knot and it will slide right through the cotton fabric just fine.
Once I have put together several of these hexies and they are attached on all six sides to another hexie. I use my small scissors and pop the template out of the fabric by putting the point of the scissors in the little hole in the center.
I hope this has been helpful. Please send me any question you might have and I will attempt to get you an answer that will keep you "hexing" or that will get you started on this fun technique.