12.05.2011

Hexie Style for an Everyday Household Item - Part 1


I have hexie fever. Like, a lot. I've been making those little tiny paper-pieced ones for days, taking them everywhere I have downtime. I took them to a swim meet yesterday and I learned that I could finish a hexie in the time it took a swimmer to finish a 200 yard backstroke.  I have to make about 150 of them in four different colors, and even though I see progress, I don't feel like I'm even making a dent in the total number needed. But I shall persevere!!

So I thought of this project because, well, the shower curtain in the kids' bathroom is just not cute anymore. It's really just not even attractive. So I was at the Tarjhay the other day, looking at curtains, and it hits me!...Applique an inexpensive shower curtain with some yummy, chunky hexies! I have the AccuQuilt GO! Baby to help me with the cutting, so this will be a very quick project with a personal touch. {Even if you don't have an AccuQuilt, you can still make this project. Use any shape you like.}

I have to do this post in two parts, mostly because it's dark and rainy here for the last few days and my lighting is terrible for pics. Also, I have to clean the bathroom before I can take a picture of the finished project hanging up, and that didn't get done yet. So..

Part 1

What you'll need:
1 plain shower curtain.
Fabric  - I used {6} different fabrics for {12} total hexies
Wonder Under or Heat 'N Bond sheets
coordinating thread
iron
AccuQuilt GO! Baby hexie die or a template to cut out 5" hexagons




Got this Shower curtain at Target. $9.



I cut my fabric into 12"x6" rectangles. I'll get 2 hexies out of this. You can use as many hexies as you like for your design, just make sure you plan accordingly with your fabric.

Cut some Heat 'N Bond to fit your piece. Put the shiny side down on the wrong side of the fabric and the paper side facing up.






With a good dose of steam and a circular motion, iron over the paper. Flip the piece over and iron from the front. If there are bubbles and wrinkles in the fabric, sometimes you can lift the fusible while it's still hot and work the bubbles out. Cut each piece in half to create {2pieces} that are 6x6.

At this point you can run the pieces through the AccuQuilt, placing each fabric piece over the 5" hexie on the die {fabric side down, one at a time} or....


....you can trace the shape onto your pieces and cut them out with a rotary cutter or scissors.




I have a total of 12 hexies. I'm going to lay them out on the curtain and see how they look. More on that later.

For Part 2, we'll be laying out our shapes on the curtain to check our design, making more hexies if we need them to get our design right and attaching the shapes to the curtain. Can't wait!



Disclaimer:
Yes, I know that running any kind of paper through my AccuQuilt dies will dull the blades. However, this machine was given to me by the company to put it through its rigors, test it out how I would use it and be creative with it. So, this is how I'm using it. If I dull the blades, so be it. I can buy another die. I'm sure the cardstock I ran through the machine for the little hexies will do some dulling, but I highly doubt that a thin sheet of paper, like the one that backs Heat 'N Bond, will be so detrimental that it renders the die useless. So here I am, testing out this machine and reporting back to you how it handles my project. And so far, I'm pretty pleased!


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