More Hexies

Handful of Scraps, Winter Wonderland

Another hexie diamond shape is finished for Handful of Scraps– one more and then I will put the center of this quilt together and probably take a break! I will need one I’m sure.  These are certainly not  up on the wall perfectly as you can tell – I haven’t picked out the colors for the next one but it will have a dark outside ring like the one on the left side does.

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Winter Wonderland – the 4th row from the end – I have forgotten what number row this is – did this quilt have 17 or 18? I don’t really remember but I can see it is nearing the end!!

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I have been asked by several for comparisons between Inklingo and EPP –a lot of you know I have done  both methods — what do I think?  is one faster or easier?  Well it is hard to compare in a way as both have the pluses and minuses.

With Inklingo you cut your fabric to fit a sheet of freezer paper, feed it through the printer using the lightest color ink (about 20 are provided) for your fabric for you to see – you then peel your fabric off the freezer paper and cut your pieces out – then using a running stitch you hand piece your pieces on the lines you printed out – (you can machine stitch if you wish).

For EPP you cut your fabric into useable pieces – like 2 .5 inch squares or whatever – you need to be able to fold over a seam line which you baste in place with thread or glue onto your paper template.  You can clip pieces of the square off if you wish – that is how I am doing it to have more of a hexagon shape.  You then whip stitch two pieces together adding more pieces for the shapes you are doing.  With EPP your edges stay turned under as long as you keep the paper in which gives you a very good turned under edge for appliqueing a piece down if you want to do that.

For actual preparation time it is my opinion that Inklingo takes longer to do – if you have a troublesome printer like I quite often do it takes even longer.  But both ways of doing hexagons for instance are neat and enjoyable to do.  Both are easy to take along with you once you have them prepped and in a bag or box or whatever you use for storage.  If you are a quilter who enjoys English Paper Piecing but wish to see what Inklingo is all about you can go to Linda’s page to see what it is all about –  she has some free sets for you to try out – that is the best way to see if you want to try that method.  I am surprised that I am enjoying EPP this time around – I have tried it before and couldn’t get my fingers to work around it right – this time I have caught on.  I mainly wanted to try it this way this time because I very often have trouble with my printer and right now even with new glasses I have eye strain as the new glasses just don’t seem to be working right (or maybe it is the eye itself because of the eye surgery) and for Inklingo you should try to go with the lightest ink you can – I would have to go dark to see the line really well.

So the choice is yours – I really can’t say do one or the other – but I do think if you really want to you can try both and see what they are all about.  It is up to each person to see which they feel they can do easier or faster.

Kathi here is a shot of the back of the pieces that you wanted to see – these hexie pieces are the ones that I won with the book you can get them Edyta Sitar’s site  – each has a little saying printed on them.  You can see how I fold over and thread baste – this is the very common way that a lot do.  I assume that as you take the papers out you can trim your back a bit to have your seams closely to 1/4 inch.

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From the front – if you use closely matching thread you can not see the stitches very well at all.  They are not totally invisible but not bad.

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5 comments… add one
  • Kathi May 21, 2016

    Wow Karen! Thanks for that wonderful pic you shared on your blog just for me… I love how they have sweet quilty sayings on them too… I love your stitching too and can barely see any stitching… once washed I think your stitches WILL BE invisible on these hexies! So how many of the paper hexies do you need to do this project… enough for it all or can you take them out as you get parts together into a bigger piece? Hope that makes sense there! lol
    I have printer issues without trying fabric in my printer… I am not very savvy with my printer… so inklingo is out for me… but this is something I think I could do! Now to find the time though! lol I am just about to start piecing a quilt… but will watch you avidly as I hope you don’t take too long a break before missing it! Winter Wonderland is nearing the end!!! Congrats girl.. you can finish this one up 🙂
    Kathi
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  • Kathy May 21, 2016

    I’ve thought about Inklingo, but I too have a fussy, contrary printer and have never taken the first step to try it lest I have to fight with my printer. Stitching is supposed to be fun, right? Ha!

    I’m glad you’re enjoying EPP … I find basting pieces to be very therapeutic. I love the little sayings on the papers.
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  • Sarah May 22, 2016

    I love your hexie project, really nice design and fabric. It’s interesting to see how you baste your hexies too. I have tried that way but found the fabric slipped, I wonder now if it’s because of the paper I used (I cut my own papers)?

  • sue godfrey May 22, 2016

    I love EPP, the very first thing I made was an EPP pin cushion? I love the papers you have used and the sayings are fab. You can also glue baste the fabric, and to make the papers go further you take them out once you start joining the blocks together…make sure that a paper piece is touching another paper piece to ensure joining is easy. Karen, You constantly amaze me with how much you get done, what an inspiration ? xx

  • Mary Ann May 22, 2016

    Thank you Karen for showing how you baste your hexagons. I do mine the same way. For those who are having slipping problems, a small pin in the middle while basting does help. Have loved your Winter Wonderland from day one. You are getting to the finish line, can’t wait to see it off the frame.

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