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What we do need is more books like Diane's. It is so thorough and with great photos throughout.
I have to tell you that the project/idea below isn't my first for this blog hop. When Diane asked me to take part in the blog hop I jumped at this hexagons week. In my excitement I just missed that it was supposed to be fussy cut hexagons. D'oh! Facepalm. So the project I was preparing was no good. But the bright side is that there will be another hexagon post soon. ;-)
And I was feeling all smug about having the hexagon project ready in advance and not, you know, the day before. Then I realised my mistake on Thursday and had to come up with a new idea. And so, last night I was finishing the project for this post. Hubris. ;-)
Anyway. I was looking through my fabric stash to find something suitable for some fussy cutting. I wasn't really finding anything that would be great as a fussy cut. I considered some stripes. And I looked at a vintage pillow case with bears in helicopters! But nothing spoke to me.
Nonna's Kitchen collection and I thought, 'hmmmm, this could work.' I have several versions of the same design so I decided to use three that have the same size circles although they are in different colours. I thought it'd be a fun effect to have the same shapes in different colours join up at the edges.
I want to recommend that you get a copy of Diane's book if you want proper tutorials and tips for doing fussy cut shapes because I'm no expert. But I will share a couple of tips from my limited experience with this.
And then you can get to work, putting your little window over sections you want to use. You may want to use a water soluble pen to draw the shape of the hexagon on the fabric to make the placement on the fabric easier.
Tutorials on my blog: making hexagons and joining hexagons.
About joining the hexagons. The tutorial linked above shows how to join them in one way but when joining hexagons (or other shapes) that have to join up in a certain way, you may get a more precise result by joining them in pairs and then building up the overall piece.
When you have joined all the hexagons, give them a good press with an iron. Then remove the paper shapes from inside. Press the hexagon piece again.
To make my project, I cut a square piece of fabric. I placed the hexagon piece in one corner so part of it overlapped the edge. Then I appliqued the hexagon piece to the background fabric. And then made it into a little quilt. A micro quilt?
This was a really fun challenge to take part in (twice! ha!) and as the week goes on you can visit the other blog hoppers and see what they're up to. I have no doubt it will be awesome.
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