Another block I wanted to try out was the twisted hexagon. It’s a very fun little block to stitch, made up of one hexagon and six “other half” hexagons of the same size. As I had some of the other half hexagons and hexagons already printed in the 1″ size, that was what I used.
I started out with 2 white hexagons and 12 other half hexagons laid out.
The first step is to join two half hexagons. So I pinned, using a #12 sharp as a pin, at the end of the seam.
Then I began stitching at the centre of the long side on top. With the shapes printed on fabric with Inklingo, it’s really easy to find the centre as it’s marked with a matching point which you can see if you click on the photo to enlarge. That’s where the threaded needle is inserted to start stitching.
The little half seam is stitched in a few seconds.
Then add the third half hexagon and pin and stitch the half seam.
At this point half the surrounding frame is done.
Add the fourth half hexagon, pin and stitch the half seam.
Now it will look like this.
Add the fifth half hexagon, pin and stitch the half seam.
Once that’s stitched, it will look like this.
Add the final half hexagon, pin and stitch the half seam.
Now it’s time to add this frame of the other half hexagons to the centre hexagon.
Pin the other half of the seam of the beginning half hexagon to the centre hexagon, stitch to the end and backstitch. Don’t cut the thread though.
Pass the threaded needle through the intersection, pin the next half seam on to the centre hexagon and stitch to the end of that little seam.
Continue in that manner until all six of the half hexagons have been sewn on to the centre hexagon. The last seam is a full seam, half attached to the centre hexagon and the last half to the first half hexagon. This is a great opportunity for continuous stitching. I attached the half hexagon frame to the centre hexagon with one length of thread.
I had so much fun making the first one that I couldn’t resist making a second.
After looking at it pressed both ways, I decided I preferred how it looks with all the seams pressed away from the centre hexagon towards the outer half hexagons. With the seams graded, it doesn’t create much bulk at all.
Earlier yesterday Baxter was lounging on his kitty tree. This is the time of year I start wishing for spring and the leaves on the trees as they hide a lot of the concrete jungle out there.
Baxter was teaching a class on twisted hexagons. I’m told his diploma is in the safe use of a rotary cutter, but I’m not sure I’d leave one anywhere within his reach.