I learned about path hexis when I was in Australia a couple of years ago.
Before we left – I cut out a ‘lot’ of hexagons from assorted fabrics so I could cover the papers and begin to make flowers while on Holiday!
While stitching with my friends, one told me to be sure to cover ‘path’ hexis while making flowers, if you wait until you have all the flowers made, you will be bored to tears with only covering and adding path hexis. This nice lady was on her second large hexagon quilt.
First – figure out your layout for your flowers, so ‘you’ know what you need for your path. There are a lot of pictures on museum websites and on Pinterest that show interesting settings in antique hexagon quilts. Also look to books with pictures of antique quilts for your inspiration.
I determined a basic layout for this project – need 5 path hexis added to each flower:
I’ve arranged a few of the flowers that have 5 path hexis added, you can see where this project is headed and that the path will join together for a frame around each flower.
And yes – I’m ‘fussy cutting’ my fabrics to add interest. Part of the fun for me is seeing what great flowers happen with ‘fussy Cutting’ – so worth my effort.
When you get all your flowers made, you will begin to join the flowers to make diagonal rows.
When you begin to join the rows, recommend you remove the center papers, ‘leaving the edge hexi papers in’, until you have joined the next row.
This is what I do, I’m sure you will get other opinions, just sharing!
The interesting next step – how to finish off.
Don’t ask me why I have a few tops that are not finished off – they still have the edge hexi papers in them. Will tackle it one of these days when I have extra time to play.
Have fun with your EPP (English Paper Piecing) projects!
Or by all means – be sure to join in the fun!