Moda's New Precut: Honeycombs + A Quilt

 

Hello! My name is  Lissa and I work for Moda, so conveniently I go by modalissa. I am super excited to share a bit of information about the newest Moda precut - Honeycombs. This blog post does have a finished quilt but really I wanted to share with you some tips and techniques on how to machine
piece honeycombs together. I can't wait to see you create your own hexie-pieces. (that stands for hexagon masterpieces).

 
{This quilt features Moda's 6" laser-cut Hexagons, that we've named Honeycombs. Each package contains 40 pieces.}
1 pk.Robin's Egg 9900HC85
1 pk.Silver 9900HC183
1 pk.Admiral Blue 9900HC48
2 pks White 9900HC98
 Backing and binding 2 1/3 yds of Happy Go Lucky, stock # 55067-17


Marking tool of your choice.
{I used Sewline Fabric Mechanical Pencil Trio 7021. I love this because it is three tools in one, including a black 0.9-mm lead for marking light fabrics, white 0.9-mm lead for marking dark fabrics, and a 1.6-mm tracing roller ball point to trace or transfer patterns. I also tried out the Pilot Frixion pen for my demo and it works very nicely.}

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Each of the honeycomb packs is backed with a piece of template plastic that has pre-drilled holes 1/4" from corner edges. This is the perfect to mark the stop and start when sewing the honeycombs together by machine. The Pilot Frixion pen disappears when ironed so I thought I would give the Sewline pen a try. It seemed to work very nicely. I am no expert on pens and chemicals but I did have good results.

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These hexagons are laser cut. This does leave a slight browned edge that shows up more on lighter fabrics. The nice thing about this is that it lightly singes the edges of these fabrics and helps prevent fraying and stretching. All my brown edges disappeared when I washed the final quilt.

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 I used bright thread to make it easier to see the actual steps.

Place two hexagons right sides together, lining up one of the edges. Sew from dot to dot, back stitching at each dot. If your machine stitches in place, do that instead of back stitching. A few stitches is all it takes to keep the ends from coming loose as the additional hexagons are added. If you have had experience doing set in seams then this process will be a breeze. I do not press as I go because I want the seam allowances to be flexible so I can "push" them out of my way as I continue to add hexagons.

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Add the third hexagon, and start sewing from the outer edge into the center, pushing your seam allowance away so the seam allowance remains loose. Machine piecing hexagons can be done in sections or in rows.

I was designing the quilt as I went along so I did not sew the quilt in rows for this demo. I made my super duper large hexagon flower first and then decided to add a bed of white hexagons. This is when I discovered it is a bit less cumbersome to design your quilt and construct it in rows.  I have attached a {graph page} for designing your color placement before you start. There is also a copy in the Printer Friendly Version at the end of this post.



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This is the back side of the hexagons when one side of the third piece is added. This technique takes practice but after you have done a few of them you won't even have to mark your dots.

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Repeat this process by sewing from the outside edge into the center. Continue working in sections, finger pressing as you go. These big hexagons  make the quilt get big fast.

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This is the back of my section. Butting the seam allowance right up to the dot allows you to finger press the seams in any direction.  Do not press your seam allowances open. This will help at the center sections to cover any pin hole or small gaps. If you sew past the dot, a small pucker will show up on the front. This is easy enough to fix by ripping out {gently} 1 or 2 stitches.

Now you are ready to press the seam allowances. They tend to naturally fall in one direction making it easy to press. If you are piecing in sections, press each section once complete. If you are piecing in rows, press once you've sewn at least two rows together.

Have fun creating your own Honeycomb projects!


Here is a {pdf of tips and graph pad} for sewing with Moda's newest precut, Honeycombs. I hope you have fun creating all kinds of projects with this yummy cut of fabric. 

 
 One honey of a quilt! It measures 44" x 62"


This was such a fun project to make. I couldn't decide how to quilt it so I sent it to  Crystal Zagnoli at The Quilted Cricket in Colorado and asked her to do some simple loop-dee-loops. I love how it turned out. Many of the Moda designers will be introducing Honeycombs and patterns, so be on the lookout for all kinds of new projects for this classic shape.

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Lissa Alexander
{modalissa.blogspot.com}

17 comments:

Sherri said...

I love the colors! I didn't realize the template came with the honeycombs...that will make it so easy to mark and sew!

Chris said...

very nice tutorial, but the printer friendly version is not avaiable.

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The Reader said...

These are fantastic!!!! Can't wait to get some -- will they be available in just solids, or eventually prints, too?

Wrote a blog about these already, LOL, and how I plan to use mine when I get some!

http://quiltingonawhim.blogspot.com.br/2013/02/did-you-see-this-honeycombs.html

Mary said...

I LOVE the template! What a genius idea...and the laser cut edges, too. Are you guys going to sell paper pieces for people who do english paper piecing or are these pieces too big?

trish said...

Wow!! I love the simplicity of your pattern.
I had no idea about the templates. :0)
Thank you for sharing how to sew the honeycombs
together. :0) Trish

Melanie said...

Ohhhhh...can't wait to see the fabric packs!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Love it! I can't wait to make a few projects from the honeycombs! :)

Tracy Mooney said...

I love the overall design! Thanks Lissa for showing machine pieced hexies!

Sandra said...

just as a heads-up, some quilters have noticed that Frixon pens are not always suitable for Batiks. Wherever you mark on them has a tendancy to leave a 'bleached' imprint.
Always check on a scrap piece first.......

That quilt is gorgeous, the quilting is to-die-for!!

Jo said...

I love the new precut!! I can't wait to try it out!

Debby said...

Lissa. That is AWESOME. Revolutionary to offer pre-cut hexagons AND a plastic template with tiny seam indicators! The hexagon is my favorite shape and your pics in the tutorial are so perfect. I hail from earlier days with Quilt Magazine and we sewed up a storm with Moda. Love what you're doing! Kudos.

Cecilia said...

I think I'm in love! :-). Thanks for the great tutorial, I can't wait to try some.

Peggy Looby said...

I can't wait to try the "hexies".Especially the big ones. Thanks for the inspiration. Your quilt is BEAUTIFUL!

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Lauren said...

I finally found these in a shop! I snatched them right up and here I go, starting to make my first hexagon quilt!

Heart of Wisdom said...

I'm using your honeycomb packs (Love them!) What size triangle die or template should I get to create a quilt with the 6" honeycomb?