Years ago I fell in love with a pretty Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt and just had to make one for myself. My Mother gave me a lovely piece of green paisley from her visit to Liberty of London and I was hooked. It turned into a slow labor of love and was put aside while more pressing projects were done, but it was never forgotten. Last year I started collecting those special Liberty fabrics again. I’m absolutely in love with this fabric and I’m thrilled to say we are now selling Liberty fabrics so you too can fall in love with your own Liberty Hexie Flowers!
This is how we make our Hexie Flowers. If you’re new to English Paper Piecing, this is a quick and simple way to start. This method is suitable for joining Hexie Flowers together or for appliquéing them onto a background fabric. Choose either our 1’’ or 1 ½’’ plastic template (measurements refer to one edge of the hexi) and matching papers and two contrasting fabrics and have fun making your own garden full of Hexie Flowers. Our technique uses a quick basting method of stitching the hexi’s, we found this to give the neatest finish. Glue basting is also popular and lots of tutorials can be found to do it that way, but this is our favourite technique.
1. Using our plastic Hexagon template and a small rotary cutter, cut out one hexagon in your Flower Centre fabric. If you don’t have a rotary cutter just trace around the template using a sharp pencil and cut out with scissors.
2. Then cut six in Petal fabric. Our templates give you a 3/8’’ seam allowance around their matching papers.
3. Turn one side over the paper and hold in place with a paper clip. Turn the hexie to the right, tuck the fabric under at the corner, then fold over the next edge and hold in place with your thumb. With knotted thread, take a small stitch through both sides of the fold, through the fabric only and stitch again forming a backstitch in the same place. Pull the thread tight and it should stay firmly in place. Use a thread colour that doesn’t show through your fabric as the tacking will be staying in place to keep the seams tidy once the papers are removed.
4. Continue stitching and backstitching each corner around the paper template until you reach the first stitch, backstitch again and cut the thread.
5. Repeat this process with all six Petals. You can gently press these if you like.
6. To sew these Hexagons together, start with your centre Hexie and place a petal, right sides together, matching the shape. Sew across one straight edge. I try to sew between 18 -20 stitches per inch.
7. Take tiny stitches from each side and end each row with a knot but don’t cut the thread.
8. Continue with the next petal until all the petals are sewn to the centre.
9. You can now remove the paper from the centre hexagon without removing the tacking. You should be able to use this paper template quite a few times.
10. Now you can easily fold your flower in half to sew all your petals together. Gently press your finished Hexie Flower.
11. Leave the papers in the petal row if you are going to add another row of petals to your flower or join it to another Hexie Flower. Remove the papers as they become completely surrounded with other hexagons.
12. If you are going to appliqué your hexie Flower to a background fabric, gently press your hexi then take your papers out. We recommend using a little spray starch before pressing to hold it firm.
Happy Hexie sewing
Debby & Eve x
Turn your hexi's into a doll quilt or mini wall hanging. Quilt, cushion and needle book by Eve, doll by Debby using a pattern by Koalaandmila.
We have the perfect starter pack for English Paper Piecing, which also makes a great gift. Included in this pretty pink spotty box is: 1" acrylic hexagon template, Packet of 50 x 1" hexagon papers, 4 x 5" strips of coordinating fabric, a paperclip and our printed instruction sheet, available just in time for Christmas <3.
You can view this set and our range of English Paper Piecing Templates and papers here.
Use these cute little decorations as Gift Tags. Tie them on the tree or use them on the Christmas table to tie around the cutlery, wine glass or napkins. We love them!
What you will need:
Assorted pieces of Pretty Fabric about 5’’ (12cm) square for each
Fusible stabiliser (Vlisofix )
Felt ½’’ larger than the pattern shapes
30cm of narrow ribbon for each shape
Pink and red Buttons for the Holly Berries
Download the pattern sheet here
Trace the shapes onto the paper side of the Vlisofix with a sharp pencil leaving ½’’ between shapes. I reversed one stocking for interest.
For the Stocking and the Tree join a strip of contrasting fabric to the main fabric and press away from the main fabric. Top stitch this seam on the Stocking.
Cut out the traced shapes ¼’’ outside the lines.
Fuse the shapes, PAPER SIDE UP, onto the wrong side of the chosen fabric pieces using an iron. Line up the join line on the pattern with the seam in the fabric for the Tree and Stocking.
Carefully cut out the shapes on the lines.
Peel the paper from the back and fuse the shapes to the Felt with an even amount of excess all around.
Carefully sew around the Fabric shape 1/8’’ in from the edge. Press the shapes again in case they have lifted a bit during sewing.
Cut the Felt around the shapes with scissors or Pinking shears leaving a small border of Felt showing.
Fold the ribbon in half and attach at the top on the back with a few stitches in matching thread. Add a Button to the Holly.
Happy Christmas sewing