The hexie we have just appliqued and embroidered will be used as the centre part of the Quilt As You Go hexie.
For this part you will need: Your completed 2″ hexie (appliqued and embroidered), 2″ hexie of 2oz polyester wadding, 3″ hexie of white cotton sheeting.
I use 2oz polyester wadding for everything, it is nice and cheap and can be doubled up if I need something to be thicker or like these little hexies I can iron it to make it thinner and more stable like soft cardboard instead of spongy. To do this, on an ironing board I lay a piece of wadding then cover it with a piece of cotton fabric, and using a hot steam iron I iron the wadding until it flattens. This makes it easier to draw round the 2″ hexie template and cut the wadding.
Place your appliqued and embroidered hexie on top of the wadding hexie, place these two in the centre of the larger 3″ hexie. It helps to either pin or put a couple of large tacking stitches through the centre of all the layers to keep them in place.
Now to put these altogether to make one complete lined hexie, you fold one side of the larger hexie so it touches the edge of the smaller one.
The next step is to fold again over the top of the smaller hexie.
Take a threaded needle that has a knot at the end and tack a few stitches to keep this fold in place.
For the second edge, fold once to the edge of the centre hexie, then fold again over the centre hexie and tack making sure to do a stitch over the corner to keep it flat.
Do the same for the other sides until you have the hexie looking like the above photo.
To complete this stage using white thread (I have used a dark thread so that you can see how my stitches are) do the same stitch as you did when you appliquéd, come up with your needle just under the top layer and go back down through the same hole. All the way round. Do not go all the way through the hexie. Use the little open corner pockets to hide your knots. You may have to jiggle your corners a bit so they match, put a couple of little stitches here to keep them sharp and tight. You shouldn’t see any stitching at all on the back of your hexie.
You will notice that the corners are like little pockets, don’t worry, leave them as they are, we will use them later, then later still they will be stitched closed.
Remove all the tacking stitches and now you have a nearly completed QAYG Hexie.
In Part 5 we will do a little quilting.