Flutterbies - hexagon tutorial - sort of
It isn't even butterfly season
In the latest box from Kansas I found some material which mysteriously found its way in there, including right at the bottom of the pile in this photo some awesome little butterfly material. As soon as I pulled it out it talked to me. Make me into little hexagon flowers. Something I've never attempted before so it certainly has been an experience. With help from friends and also the internet, I found out how to make them. Not all the tutorials are as thorough as I'd like so found out a few things by trial and error.
First of all I bought the cardboard little templates to make them... but there is a cheaper way if you're careful with your cutting.
I traced around the cardboard onto the material using a ball point pen, some people prefer to use a marker that washes out. I then cut out a small pile of blue and a few of the contrast colour before starting to put the hexagons together.
The flower needs 6 blue hexagons and 1 contrasting hexagon for the middle.
Starting with the contrasting hexagon, I sewed one petal with a whip stitch, trying to match the material with the thread as a little shows through but then I quite like that look.
I hope anyone who is thinking of making a quilt this way will feel encouraged. It certainly is fun to do and something that can be done while talking or watching television. Also easy to keep in a handbag for when you're waiting at the doctors etc.