Wednesday, March 11, 2009

If Your Friends All Jump Off a Bridge....

My son asked me this morning what I was doing and I told him that all my friends were jumping off of bridges and I thought I'd give it a try...
His advice to me was, "Mom, that's probably not a good idea." And then he left the room, and he never even tried to stop me or talk me out of it.
And so with a stack of pretty pieces leftover from a doll quilt, and a found package of insanely small hexagons that I had purchased two quilts shows ago when the idea of hexagons first entered my head....
I jumped... And so I am reaching out to all of you that have already made the jump.... When you do the little set of whip stitches up the back of the pieces.... just how snugly should those stitches be pulled? And is it possible that I'm not pulling them snugly enough on the back. Should they be completely hidden on the front? I know that I have just the one seam, but I don't want to move ahead only to find out that I didn't have it quite right. Thanks for your help!

12 comments:

linda said...

...and you've started this when you're getting ready to move? Wow! ;>)

Catherine said...

Christine:

I only worked with EPP once for hexagons but I found that matching my thread as carefully as possible to one of the hexagon fabrics and taking the tiniest of stitches that just captured a thread on each of the hexagons I was joining helped. Hiding the stitches and doing all that basting was what stopped me in the end.

What are those, half-inch hexagons? I just printed a bunch of quarter-inch ones to play with! :-)

Mal* said...

Ha! Made you jump!

I think using a thin thread and matching your thread to the fabrics (or, to at least one) would help. I'm not sure, though, when working on such a small scale that expecting the stitches not to show is even possible.

Yours are extra tiny! How cute! I need to take another photo of mine with something for reference. I don't think mine are anywhere near as tiny as yours.

Personally -- I like seeing the stitching here and there. Reminds me that it's handmade. If someone else has tips, I'd like to hear them, too. Maybe even just using a grey thread instead of white would make it register less as "stitches showing."

Nadine said...

Well, baby, you know me, don't you ? ---> when whipstitching, I pull the thread "energically", I mean tight, I mean strongly, I mean snuggly enough... well you see what I mean now, don't you ?
(when looking closely at your picture, I think you're too gentle with your thread, try pulling a little stronger ;>)
(You're right : they should be hidden on the front)
BBH & smiles !
NADINE

Carol said...

OMG those are just tiny, tiny...I haven't jumped yet but I keep looking and watching with great interest.

~Bren~ said...

Ooooo I jumped too!
I am concerned about the same thing. I was told to use quilting thread and pull tight. Makes sense. I will see what happens. Update us and let us know what works.
Those have to be 1/4 inch hexies!!! So tiny!

Leslie said...

Your son is probably practicing what you model with him, speak a word of advice and encourage independent thinking!
You might try silk thread in a matching color, it has a wonderful way of melting right into the fabric.
Adorable and such a hoot to see them and THEN see the penny for scale! :)

BUMBLE BEANS said...

oh my goodness. will be no help to you...sorry. i have a Large hex quilt that i cant' seem to get done...
wow. good luck

Judy said...

Well now this I do know about as I had issues too with liking the stitches not showing. Seems that if you lay the two pieces back to back flat and going through with the needle, they are going to show almost always. Making it a good color match and pulling tight helps. I didn't really care for the look so I got used to carefully only catching the back of the edging on one and then a second stitch catching the back side of the second one. This keeps it from showing.

Also I got so I would hold the two together with my finger in the center so they were not flat against each other but more like and "A"...does that make sense? It keeps the front fabric from getting caught in the whip stitch. But mine were not nearly that small at all either. Try a few different ways and see what you think.

Rose Marie said...

My word, but those are tiny! I jumped, too, but chose a lot bigger hexagon and so glad that I did .... it goes faster! :o)

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi,
Just found your blog and this post about english paper piecing. I just love the size of your hexagons and the fabric is beautiful. I've been sewing them for years and have learned to pull the thread a little tighter so it doesn't show on the other side. I am making a grandmother's flower garden quilt for my husband for our 50th anniversary!!! We'll be happily married for 22 years this summer. As you can see, I'm giving myself plenty of time for this one. In the meantime, I'm also making lots of hexagon pincushions. They go together quickly and you have a finished piece in no time. If you'd like to visit my blog, I have a hexagon tutorial under my labels. The way I sew them will save you from having to pull the basting threads out in the end, because they are on the back. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Have a great rest of the weekend,
~Karen~
http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/

Sharon said...

I too, am addicted to hexi's. I'm using a varity of sizes and the best suggestion is to join them with Auriful or Silk thread that matches as close as possible, and yes, pull them "snug". Would love to see pics along the way of your project.
Sharon