Hexalong, Point-to-Point Hand Sewing, Lesson #2, Marking and Cutting Your Fabric
July 18, 2011 § 9 Comments
So, do you have your templates? Great, let’s get going.
In addition to your fabric and templates, all you will need for today’s lesson is a mechanical pencil and a straight edge ruler. I like to use a “Magic Wand” which makes marking 1/4″ seam allowances a breeze, but you can use any quilter’s straight edge that has a long straight line 1/4 inch from the edge.
Select your fabric and iron the first template, shiny side down, to the back of your fabric, marking and aligning any fussy cuts you’d like to match. In my example, I will be centering the letter “B” inside a medium sized hexagon and won’t be marking anything for fussy matching.
Fabric with freezer paper template ironed in place.
Now, using your mechanical pencil, mark your sewing line, at the very edge of the freezer paper template. Also, mark a cutting line, 1/4″ away from the edge of the freezer paper. Here’s a picture of the first two lines marked on the back of my “B”.
First sewing and cutting lines marked.
Your sewing line is right next to the freezer paper template, your cutting line is the one 1/4″ away to the outside.
Continue on around, marking the sewing and cutting lines all around your template. When you’re done, it will look like this:
Cutting and sewing lines, marked.
Peel back the freezer paper (save it! you can use it over and over again) and here’s the fabric with cutting and sewing lines marked:
Cutting and sewing lines marked, freezer paper removed.
Cut your fabric out along the cutting line (the line farthest away from the “B”), and there you have it – your first piece of fabric marked for point-to-point hand sewing.
Here, I’ve flipped the fabric over so you can see my “B” as it will appear in the quilt.
So, that’s it. If you’ll be hand sewing point-to-point along with me, you’ll need to follow the same procedure to mark and cut all the pieces of your block.
My “B” block parts look like this:
Join me next time for a quick little lesson in point-to-point hand sewing.
And, as usual, if anything is not clear, please ask and I’ll do my best to help figure it out.