Friday, January 14, 2011

Fun with hexagons

I'm on a hexie kick!  I don't want to say too much about my partner for the scrappy mug rug swap and his/her likes and dislikes, but I can say, they indicated they like hexies (really, who doesn't!!)  I am also using them in my blocks for the 3x6 bee, so I figured I'll just keep going with it. 

A few things I've come to realize in my experimentation with basting these puppies:

1.  I thought I'd really like these teflon hexie shapes that I bought at Joanns, as recommended by a few tutorials I had found...but I must say, I'm not a huge fan!  What I'm finding is that because the template is so "fat" compared to paper, they are not pressing nice and crisp and clean.

2. Tonight, I tried to use paper, to make these I just created some hexagons in a Word document, and them printed them on cardstock so that they hold shape a little better than plain computer paper, and punched a hole in the center which helps to remove them when finished.  I'm finding that because the paper is so thin, my seams are alot cleaner (no showing stitches on the front side) and they press so nice and crisp and clean!

Here are my fabrics I selected to use for my mug rug

A little meadowsweet and some moda prints
I wasnt quite sure how this layout was going to I just started piecing some hexies together, thinking that I would piece a vertical stripe of 2 rows of hexies, and then figuring it out from there...

This is what I have so far...

Sooo...what do you think??  I think I like it, I'm going to trim my "hexagon stripe" to the size of the linen background.  I'm worried its a little too simple?  Or is simple ok??  Ack, this is my first mug rug swap, so I want it to be good!  Perhaps I'll leave it for tonight and come back to it tommorow and see what I think, however comments and suggestions are always welcome!


  1. That is simple, Jessica.........SIMPLY gorgeous !
    Nice choice of fabrics too.......surprisingly toned down from your normal choices, which you know I already like.

  2. It's lovely, Jessica. Don't over think it (my usual downfall).

  3. I'm a big fan of simple. Check your partners likes again. Does he/she boarder on simple too or a fuller look. I'm sure you'll figure it out!

  4. I think I need to try some hexagons out! I have never tried them, but they look like a lot of fun!

  5. I love the simplicity! This is good! I am also in the same swap and I am also making my partner hexies. You have helped me come up or solidify an idea I had! Great fabrics too!

  6. I don't think you can go wrong with hexes! Looks great! I have yet to try making these little hexegons, it's definitely on my to do list. I just know once I get started I'm going to be hooked, and I've got a lot of stuff on my to do list :)