April 03, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Hexagon Issues

Well, I've been busy basting more hexagons for my flowers. I ran out of the templates I had printed before, so I went back to the same site and printed about a dozen more sheets.

After cutting out 2 pages worth of these hexagons, and basting enough for a couple of flowers, I discovered these sheets printed out slightly smaller hexagons. As in 1/16th of an inch smaller. It doesn't sound like much, but it is enough.

The yellow flower isn't actually sewn together yet, but you can see how it doesn't end up being the same size as the purple flower under it. That means they won't fit together if I try to sew them into the same quilt. Not good.

I haven't figured out why these sheets printed smaller hexagons. I printed from the same source, on the same printer. In theory, that should have meant I got the same results, right? I did do another test sheet and got the smaller size again.

So, I either have to find a new source for my templates, or continue on with the new, slightly smaller, size. Not sure what I'm going to do yet.

On a brighter note, I sewed one two-tone flower the other day and I'm really pleased with the result.
 Since I know I want all my flowers to be different in the finished quilt, this gives me lots more options without needed a new fabric for every one. I've also decided I want the quilt to go on the wall in our bedroom, which gives me an approximate size to aim for. Approximate mostly because I haven't bothered to go measure that section of wall yet. I have lots of flowers to sew before I get to actually put them together in one unit!

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced again. Take some time to check out all the amazing projects on the go.


  1. So nice hexagon flowers. This will give you a great bedroom quilt. I always cut out a template in hard plastic, I use for example the plastic box you buy underwear in. Then I can cut the exactly right size on my paper hexies by cutting around the edge of that template. Good luck with your quilt!

  2. I found you via Freshly Pieced. That stinks about the hexies being different sizes. I can't wait to see what you end up doing with it!

  3. Love the hexies. So sorry about the template. Hope you work it out.

  4. Hi Leanne! Found you via WiP Wednesday and love your hexie prints. Bummer about the sizes. Maybe try to print the template a few times and make sure the "Size Options" in Print Options are the same/diff. I would choose "actual size" each time and that should give you identical sized hexagon templates on different printings. The default print options may have changed when you went to print more templates to "Fit" or "Shrink oversize pages" which could have changed the size. Hope that helps and good luck!

  5. Oh my....I am seeing a lot of hexagons in the linky this week. I keep clicking over because I have 2 boxes full of hexi's in 2 different sizes.
    By reading your blog, I will need cardboard or something to work each one?
    It's on my list to learn how to sew them.....but with so many other projects to do, I'm sure when I will dive in to them.

  6. Check your printer settings like quasiquilter suggested. I know my printer resets itself and I purposely have to uncheck fit to page. Good luck on your templates.


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