My April quilt block for my Craftsy 2012 Block-of-the-Month quilt. It’s a modern take on paper pieced hexagons, a very traditional technique.
Paper piecing involves cutting out the finished shape of your piece (often a hexagon) out of sturdy piece of paper. (I used a manila file folder and I think it might have been a little too sturdy as it was hard to get my needle through it). You cut your fabric out to be 1/4″ larger than the template (although you don’t have to be super careful with this as you do almost everywhere else in quilting). You then baste the fabric around your shape, sewing through the paper, and press and starch your fabric in shape.
You then whip stitch the edges together. See my tiny little whip stitches? Aren’t they cute?
Finally, you sew the hexagons that you have sewn together as a unit onto your background square using an invisible stitch. If you don’t want to do the hand-sewing, you can edge stitch them in down with a machine. Although if you’ve gone to all the trouble to hand-stitch the hexagons, and then hand stitch them together, I don’t know why you wouldn’t go all the way and hand stitch them down too!