I have been asked “how do you make your diamonds” they really are quite simple once you get the hang of it. A lot of people English Paper Piece (EPP) so they are not sure of the regular hand stitching method – I have told you all before that I use Inklingo and I have already run my fabric through the printer and have cut my pieces. You do not have to use Inklingo though if you do not want to – you can simply trace your hexagon on fabric and mark your seam line – I find Inklingo easier as I can print out a whole sheet of hexagons at one time (I print about 9 to 12 at a time). I am not paid for saying Inklingo is the way I prefer – I just prefer it. After I have all of my pieces cut and ready to go putting together one diamond takes me 10 to 15 minutes by hand – by machine? haven’t a clue. These are one inch hexagons.
So here is a visual tutorial because I learn easier with photos I think it might help you too.
Pick out 8 hexagons of the same color and 1 hexagon that is different for the center – you want the center to really stand out more so make sure it is a different color
Pin the intersections if you want to – you don’t really need to do this part if you do not want to – this is one inch. Sometimes I use no pins at all.
Do a simple running stitch – if you wish take a back stitch half way through.
Pin your second of this color to the top and stitch again
then on to the next side – for the pesky Y seam simply fold the first one in half like you see on the right side – that will keep the seam in place. Never stitch past the seam intersection or you will create little puckers at the seams.
Now you have two of the peach color attached.
Add another and round and round you go
Another Y seam
Now we have the full hexagon flower that is very familiar to all. Now to make this a diamond shape hold as I am holding – the seam is pointing up. In this Y section you will add another hexagon.
Two seams and it is in place – now add one to the bottom
Bring to the ironing board or pressing mat – I am not fussy about my pressing – some twirl the seams just so at the intersections – I do not – I just want them flat.
Like this – I do them (all the hexies I am doing) all the same.
I laid it on a piece of white cloth as that ironing board cover is very distracting!
And the back
I hope this pictorial tutorial will be handy to some – I am a visual learner and photos always help me – I hope it helped you too Now I think I have about a 170 more to go!