Last time, we discovered that hexies – hexagon-shaped patches – could quickly and easily be prepared the Apliquick way. Trace and cut hexagons out of Apliquick interfacing instead of freezer paper, then fuse the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric and use it as a template to cut out the fabric hexie with a seam allowance. Or, purchase hexies precut from iron-on interfacing. Apply Apliquick glue to the seam allowance and use the Apliquick rods to quickly, easily and accurately turn under the seam allowance.
In no time, the hexie is ready to go! But what will you do with all your hexies? Here’s how to arrange them in a traditional grandmother’s flower garden setting, using your sewing machine.
Set up your sewing machine for a tiny zig-zag stitch. On my machine, I set the stitch width at 1 and the stitch length at 1. Install an appliqué foot. Choose either monofilament thread with a neutral bobbin or colored thread that matches your fabric.
Line up two prepared hexagons side by side, right sides up. Sew together using a small zig-zag stitch. You may wish to secure the ends with a couple back stitches.
Sew two or three edges together by pivoting at the corners.
The sequence of the first round looks like this:
Sew the hexagons for the second round into six pairs. Sew pairs onto round 1 until round 2 is complete.
Sew hexagons for the third round into six units of 3. Sew units onto round 2 until round 3 is complete.
Continue adding rounds in this way until the desired size is reached. Or, join hexies together to form a sashing between the flowers.