My April Stitch Along week 4

Posted by Ruth on 26 April 2015 | 0 Comments

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To finish up this week I needed to change the shape of my project, but first I needed to trim it square. My thought was to make a hexagon so to get it close to accurate, I trimmed the background to 10.5" square, then I marked the sides into thirds. 3.5" worked perfectly with the 10.5".trimmed up ready to cut to hexagon shape

With the edges marked I can easily cut the corners off by aligning the ruler up to the marks. Not a perfect hexagon but close to it.corners of project cut off

What was cool about doing this was that I had four triangles left over. Paired together these can make coasters - bonus!four corner triangles

I joined them together with decorative stitch and will bind them later.corner sections stitched together into squares for coasters

In the meantime, I dug around in my scrap box for some binding fabric. I found a strip that was ideal and just enough length.dark green strip next to project which will be used for binding

I added binding as I would for a regular quilt with the exception the mitered folds were not 90 degrees. For a hexagon they only need to be 60 degrees. I don't measure these of course, just go by eye but I do like to pin them in place before stitching them down.binding miter pinned in place ready for stitching down by machine

So now my hexagon is complete. That was a fun way to use up some of my scraps.April stitch along completed with dark green binding

I hoped you will checked out the April gallery to see what the others have done this month.

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