Hexagon Waterfall Sew Along – WEEK ONE

Welcome to the ‘Hexagon Waterfall’ English paper piecing sew along!
I’m so pleased you’ll be joining me for the next few weeks and can’t wait to see your projects coming together.
If you don’t already have the pattern then it’s not too late to get it and join in. Hexagon Waterfall is available as a paper pattern (inc EPP pieces) and a digital pattern (inc printable EPP sheet).

Hexagon Waterfall Sew Along

Dates:  22 October 2018 – 25 November 2018
Duration:  5 weeks
Project Size:  Small wall hanging – 18″ x 15″

You can sign up for the sew along emails (if you haven’t already) so you don’t miss any of the fun.

Materials needed:
11 Fat Eighths and 1 Fat Quarter
Backing fabric, wadding and binding
1″ hexagon EPPs

Follow along:
Follow along on Instagram using the hashtag #hexagonwaterfallsal
Sign up to receive the weekly newsletters; you’ll get an email every Sunday with the prompts for the week ahead. There will be a new blog post at the beginning of each week too.


Week One

  • say Hi over on Instagram and remember to use #hexagonwaterfallsal
  • gather your fabrics, pattern and other supplies
  • start to plan your fabric placement using your colouring page

The first week is nice and easy to ease you (and me!) into the sew along.

Choosing your fabric:
You’ve got plenty of time to sort out the fabric you want to use for this project, we won’t be prepping our pieces until week two.

You could use rainbow colours, ombre solids or blends of the same shade, your favourite colour coordinated scraps…so many options will work. All you need is 11 different fabrics, and something as a nice contrast for the background hexagons.

For my main waterfall section I’m using this “succulents” Kona bundle that has been curator by the team at The Eternal Maker, plus a dark grey blender.

fabric

Other useful supplies:

  • 1″ hexagon English paper pieces (you’ll get these included when you purchase the paper pattern and the digital pattern comes with a printable sheet)
  • cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter (you can use scissors to cut your fabric too if you prefer)
  • glue stick or needle/thread for basting
  • acrylic template if you plan to do any fussy cutting
  • needle and thread

Planning your fabric placement:

Towards the beginning of your pattern is a placement guide for the 11 main fabrics you’ll be using, marked with letters. You’ll use this to get the right variety and “flow” on the main waterfall section but it’s up to you which of each of your fabrics you use for each letter. The colouring page is a great way to try out a few different fabric placement combinations but don’t worry if you can’t decide on the placement at this stage, we’ll be talking about arranging our EPPs again in week three.

When I started to think about the placement of my succulents bundle I originally planned to have the greens at the top of the waterfall curve and the pinks and purples at the bottom but when I draw that up it didn’t look quite right. I reversed the order and it looked great!

christmas fabricDuring the sew along I’ll also be working on a Christmas version using Moda Sweetwater Hometown Christmas.

I think I’ll need to play around with the placement a lot more for this selection of fabrics because there is no obvious order to the colours or prints. I’ll show you my decision making process for this fabric collection in week three when we are arranging our main section and starting to sew.

Once you’ve chosen your fabric and gathered some supplies, head over to Instagram and share with everyone taking part in the sew along using #hexagonwaterfallsal

See you in week two for prepping the EPPs!

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