Yep...it's hex time again!! Shades of blue hex's are in my head and hand! I'm thinking of creating my Blue Dog art quilt for our exhibit (based on the art work of George Rodrique) using hex's and applique! This is one of the Blue Dog pics that I'm using for my inspiration. Heck, if I can make a 'hex horse'
, why not a dog!
So while I was doing some online Christmas shopping the last few weeks, I happened upon two web sites that caught my eye. I don't even know how I found them. First off was, Busy Fingers Patchwork
and of course the hexagons had me at hello!
I started to watch the first video and I was intrigued by Sue (Daley) using a glue pen vs. basting those paper hex's onto the fabric. Well, who knew! Not me! Nor did I ever think about using a glue pen! Plus, Sue used an acrylic template to cut her hexagons. I make cardboard hexagons to cut out my shapes but end up making a few of them as they do get wore out.
I proceeded to look at the online catalog on the site to order some supplies...but then I realized their company was in Australia! I emailed to ask if they shipped to the U.S. and received a reply back quickly that they do. I decided the shipping charges might add too much to my order so I started to search just for the glue pen and found another web site, Paper Pieces
! And they are located in Paducah, KY and their products are made in the U.S.!
Using the old "PayPal" account I ordered some precut 5/8" hex papers, a 5/8" acrylic template and a glue pen! I received my order yesterday and today I played. It certainly was nice to not have to cut out all those paper hex's!! Talk about time saver!
This is the glue pen I bought. You just use the edge and apply glue on your paper hex shape, making sure you don't have any glue on the edge of the paper. That was a great tip from Sue D. When you sew the hex's together, if you have glue on the edge, it could be hard to sew your hex's together. You don't need much of the glue either...something else Sue mentioned. "Less is more!"
It's hard to see where I placed the glue...but it's just inside the edge. I was a little concerned on how the paper would be removed once the hex's were sewn together but I was able to remove the paper easily when the glue dried. We'll see once I have several hundred sewn together!
I thought for quite sometime that my hex's were 1"...well, they're not...they are 5/8" and I wanted to keep using that particular size since I have quite a few already basted and ready to use. I actually measured my old paper hex's again before I ordered them...good thing!
I love using this acrylic template! I just cut several 2" strips of fabric and before I knew it I had lots of hex's ready to glue! There is one item I would like to find...or make...Sue Daley uses a 'rotating cutting matt'...I can see how that would make cutting the hex's even easier.
Now there's another web site for you hexie lovers! It's called 'The Hexie Blog'
by Julie! This is one busy Hexie Lady! She creates a Hex BOM; produces a Hexie Love online/digital magazine (yes, I have purchased!) and other cool things! One of her newest adventures is a hexie curved ruler and water soluble hex paper
s! These items will be coming out in January so I'm excited about those new 'toys' too!
You really should stop by Julie's blog. It's always fun to see her latest project(s) as well as hear about her life and her work. You'll get some new ideas and inspiration from seeing Julie's hex quilts/blocks. And we always need new ideas!