My best friend, Dawn, has been quilting for years. She made my wedding quilt and Arliss' and Travis' baby quilts. About a year ago she began making a number of small hexagon pieces of fabric. For Christmas this year she shared her treasures. I am now addicted to English Paper Quilting. In less than a week I have put together over 100 pieces.
To make the pieces is very easy if you are interested. The hexagon is called a one inch hexagon; meaning each side of the hexagon is one inch long. I take a piece of fabric and pin the hexagon to the back side of the fabric. Once it is pinned I cut the fabric to a little larger than the hexagon.
I do a stitch that holds down each corner so that the fabric now fits the hexagon shape. Once I finish I take out the pin. After I have a number of these hexagons I whip stitch the edges together until I have a larger hexagon.
Dawn gave me some "wild" fabric so that my pieces would pop with color. I am not sure how large I am going to make this, but the idea that I could make it to be as big as I want or as small as I want is kind of liberating.
I can make five a day or twenty-five a day. It is fun and a great way to feel like I have accomplished something.
If you are interested in starting your own Paper Piece Quilt go to www.paperpieces.com.