Hexagon Waterfall Sew Along – WEEK THREE

Welcome to the third week of the ‘Hexagon Waterfall’ English paper piecing sew along!
I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s prepped hexies over on Instagram and I’m excited to see the sewing stage.

Hexagon Waterfall Sew Along
Duration:  Week 3 (of 5)
Project Size:  Small wall hanging – 18″ x 15″

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

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Week Three

  • arrange your hexagon pieces
  • sew the main waterfall section

Last week you prepared your EPP hexagons so now its time to work out the arrangement. In your pattern is a diagram to help you position each colour to create a nice flow on the waterfall; a sort of “random but purposeful” order of colours. But if you have chosen print fabrics you may want to play with the arrangement of where the hexagons in every colour groups sit relative to each other; if you have chosen plain fabric then you’ve got the easy job of just following my original rainbow diagram!

Tips for arranging your pieces:

1. I’d highly recommend labelling your paper pieces. I have labelled mine (in pencil so I can rub it out and re-use the papers for another project) using the A, B, C etc system from the pattern instructions. I always keep my hexagons together in the correct order anyway but I find it much quicker to have them labelled too, especially if some colours or prints are quite similar.

2. As well as labelling, a great way to keep track of your specific arrangement is to take a photo. This is even more useful if you can’t decide on the exact placement of some hexagons…take a photo of all your options and then you can easily compare them to choose your favourite.

 

3. If I am using print fabrics on the waterfall, like in my Christmas example, I like to make sure that the fabrics in each hexagon colour/print group aren’t identical in placement. With directional prints it isn’t always possible to have much variety so with these I try to ensure that I have cut my hexagons from a variety of places on the print. But for non-directional I try to mix it up a bit; this pattern is all about random placement so I want to keep doing that with each fabric as well as the overall look.
In my example below, the green-black plaid fabric has been cut with the hexagon placement in the same place on the fabric but by rotating each hexagon before sewing in place the look of the fabric has varied a little.

 

Time to sew!

With your fabric placement now sorted, you are ready to start sewing together your hexagons.
You could sew the entire panel in one go at this stage, including the background hexies, working from one side to the other but I have broken the sew along down into two weeks of sewing, separating the main section of the background. I always sew the main waterfall section first and then add the background after because…
  • if I am using thread colours to match my fabrics I find it easier to do the main section with all the chopping and changing of colours first and then the background (with the same colour) sews-up really quickly as there is no need to swap thread colours.
  • when sewing together the main section you need to keep an eye on your placement plan/photo and the letters on the back on each hexagon; once this is done the background is simply “filling in the gaps” and creating the rectangular shape of the finished panel so again this is a much quicker stage.
  • you might get to the end of sewing the main section and decide you want to applique this to a solid background rather than using the EPP technique for the whole panel.

Once you have sewn together your main waterfall section you’ll be ready to week four…prepping and sewing on the background hexagons!

Don’t forget to head over to Instagram and share with everyone taking part in the sew along using #hexagonwaterfallsal


The second prize of the Sew Along will be at the end of week three!
A fat 8th bundle of “succulents” Kona cotton (the same as the ones I’m using) and some Clover quilting needles from The Eternal Maker.

The winner will be chosen and announced on Instagram so make sure you tag me and use #hexagonwaterfallsal.

 


It’s not too late to get the pattern and catch-up with the sew along. I’m taking this one quite slow so there isn’t loads to do in the first couple of weeks.
Hexagon Waterfall is available as a paper pattern (inc EPP pieces) and a digital pattern (inc printable EPP sheet).
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