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My Favourite "Slow Sewing" Project... "The New Hexagon" by Katja Marek.

 
I quite enjoy "slow sewing" now.... I never used to enjoy slow sewing projects if I'm being 100% honest! I liked projects that I could start & complete within a short time period. Instant gratification! But now I'm really enjoying taking it easy most nights with my "slow sewing" beside me. Sometimes just with some music on, in complete silence or while watching something on the tv with the kids. I have anxiety issues sometimes and I find this is a very soothing and calming project to wind down at the end of the day.
 
Right now I'm slowly working my way through "The New Hexagon" by Katja Marek. After working with hexies for a while and seeing so many gorgeous English paper piecing projects floating around, I stumbled upon this book by chance and decided to take the "plunge" and order it online. I rarely buy books, I have to REALLY think a book looks GOOD with a lot of projects that I'd do in it, or I bypass it. But after searching tags on Instagram and Google, I knew I wanted to try this book out for myself! I believe that I bought it from The Book Depository (*Free SHIPPING on ANY order! Woot!!!). But look around for the best deal or even better, support your local bookstore if they have it in or will bring it in for you!
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The template pages look like this...
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There are 52 blocks in total. 1 per week, i'm averaging 2 blocks per week, but really the choice is yours! You could do 7 per week if you had it in you! LOL!! Or 1 per month, there are no rules! The beginning of the book is filled with tips & tricks, general how to, supplies, etc... The back of the book is filled with project ideas and more templates to complete the hexies into final projects such as quilts, table runners, etc...
 
*I did a quick video on Instagram of this book - I'm @cpeicheff on Instagram - scroll back in my feed to watch!
 
Anyways, I simply copy & print on my printer with cardstock from Staples. I would suggest getting the book altered - next time I am near a Staples store I'm going to get the spine cut off and have them coil bind this for ease of copying. Would make my life far easier! LOL!!
 
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Onto sewing needles and whatnot - I absolutely LOVE Clover's "Black-Gold" needles in sz 9. They are simply amazing! I used them for wrapping the fabrics and poking through the paper templates. I use cardstock for my templates and the needles poke through easily without much pressure or force. They are nice & strong and very smooth as the pkg says! You can find them for approximately $4.00 in Canada. I found these on Amazon.ca - I also like using the Gold Eye sharps in a sz. 10 for sewing my pieces together.
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You will notice the little Clover appliqué pins. They are *much* smaller than quilting needles and made especially for appliqué projects. I recommend them. I first started out using a glue stick, which also works, but it's messier and stickier, so I switch over to these little pins.
 
Some people also simply "glue baste" their pieces which is probably much faster than sewing each English paper piece with a needle and thread, but I enjoy the process and am a perfectionist - so a needle & thread for me is ideal and feels "genuine", like it's supposed to, if that makes any sense! I poke my holes with a hole punch, slip the little appliqué pin through and stick my fabric onto the paper pieces. It secures the fabric quite well so it doesn't shift when you're going around the edges.
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The back of my English paper pieces all look like this.... The little hole is in the paper for the appliqué pins & because after I remove the threads, I can quickly & easily pop out the paper pieces instead of digging around the edges and warping my fabric shape. *Again, I posted a short video on my Instagram feed that shows how I remove the pieces. Fast & easy!
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And now, my English paper pieced hexies that I have completed thus far! I have 10 complete and the 11th is in progress! I am quite happy with these and you can probably tell that there is no "rhyme or reason" for the fabrics chosen. No 2 blocks will probably match perfectly - which goes against my *perfectionist* "Type A" personality, but I am loving it so far!! After they are all done I'll be turning them into a fun & one of a kind lap quilt which will be *entirely* done by hand! I plan on hand quilting the entire quilt as well!
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One final note: Storage! I purchased this little 6x6 ArtBin off of Amazon.ca for under $10.00 and it is the absolute PERFECT size for storing my completed hexies! It keeps them safe, dust free (not that there's ever any dust in my house... *ahem*) and in perfect shape while I work on the rest!

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This is what I work on most evenings... The perfect "slow sewing" stress free, relaxing, peaceful sewing project! If you're still not sure if this is for you, Katja offers a *FREE BLOCK* to try before you buy! I do think you'll enjoy it though!

And on that note, I'm off for the day! I have laundry calling my name and I promised my girls we'd find a new park to play at this afternoon! Guess what I'll be working on while they play... ;) This project is very portable as well!

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Do you enjoy "slow sewing"?

Are you working on any slow projects?

If so, please share in the comments or post a link to your work! I'd love to see!

 

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