A little break from the bigger hexies (7/8th inch) and switch to prepping some tiny hexies (1/2inch) for the applique border for Williamsburg Beauty. Hexies are hexies though and I know I will be taking breaks from this as well. I need to find a yard of linen type of fabric for the background for the snowman wall hanging – I have plenty for one on the shelf but I will probably make 4 hangings one for each season and I want the background to be the same in case I hang them as a grouping. Hope to start the snowman work at the end of the week or so – in the meantime I have some of the pieces cut out and on the cutting table. I think it will be cute when done – have to cut some branches out of the brown wool and various leaves for the mistletoe and holly still but most of the cutting is done.
My table got a little crowded when I decided to get the little hexies cut – I got my project box out and selected some fabric and got some pieces cut to cover the area on the mat – I believe I cut 5.25 x 3.50 inches for the fabric – the freezer paper was cut much smaller – 3 x 2? something like that. So yes you still have to do a little cutting before you are ready to run your fabric through the cutter.
To give you a better idea of how big the area is for these tiny hexies I laid the cutting ruler over it.
lay a stack over the cutting area, make sure that all pieces are covering the templates. I have stacks of 4 or 5 pieces here.
I just ordered a new cutting mat for these tiny hexies – I don’t have the right size and do it carefully with this one – I need a smaller one so while they are on sale I placed an order for a 5×10 and another 6×12 as this one is starting to get worn although it can be used for some time still. The cutting mats are not real expensive and only have to be replaced once in awhile they can be used for a long time.
Pieces gathering up
this is the waste from the size that I cut – not really all that much – of course if you laid this out and drew around each hexie you would be able to squeeze out a few more but this is very accurate and easy – saves some time too if you have the cutter.
Excuse the dirty ironing cover – I am using freezer paper for hexie papers so I bring all the tiny pieces to the board and press the freezer paper down to the hexie – makes it a little easier for thread basting as the hexie stays put.
I have plenty more to cut out as I will need quite a few for the chain that I am making that will go around in a square but it is a start – I will pin hexie flowers in place on the wall as I do them and take photos now and then and also be figuring out how many I need as I go along.
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