It’s been awhile since I’ve done some experimental stitching, but this idea made me drop everything so I could try it right away. Someone sent me this link to a crochet and fabric fusion blanket and suggested I do it with hexagons. I’ve been seeing things like this floating around Pinterest but it never crossed my mind to do it with english paper piecing!
I looked at the link and immediately had to try it. I really love how it turned out but unless I can figure out an easy way, I can’t imagine making an entire quilt like this. For the first one I tried doing it all by hand. I made two 1.5″ hexagons using the same fabric and then put them right sides together and whip stitched around 5 of the edges. Then I turned it and ladder stitched the opening closed. It worked, but it was extremely time consuming.
Since the link I was looking at uses fabric squares that have top stitching, I decided to try out making one where I machine stitched the two hexagons together. This was definitely the way to go, it was a lot faster and I don’t really think the machine stitching is that noticeable.
I wanted to use a cotton yarn I had so I tried using a larger crewel needle. I was able to thread the yarn, but I couldn’t actually pull the needle through the thread without first making holes. I used a All-Purpose Rotary Punch* to poke holes first. I measured and marked where I wanted the holes and then used the smallest hole setting on the punch. This was by far the most time consuming part. Apparently there are sharp crochet hooks that can go through the fabric without prepoking holes, but it’s smaller and I think you need to use thread and not actual yarn.
So I have these two fabric and crochet fusion hexagons that I love but don’t really know what to do with. I am excited the whole process worked, but I just can’t imagine starting another crazy project, especially with my 1000 crane quilt in full swing.
Any ideas of what I could do with these that wouldn’t require me to make hundreds more?
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