Fussy-Cut Hexie Challenge Blog Hop: Tiny-Scale Fussy Cutting!

Fussy-cut Hexie Challenge Blog Hop

Today I am absurdly excited to be the first stop on The Fussy-Cut Hexie Challenge Blog Hop! This blog hop is to celebrate the fantabulous new book by my awesome friend Diane Gilleland (of Craftypod fame): All Points Patchwork.

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

I cannot tell you how much I love this book, but I’ll try: I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK. Seriously, dudes, it rules. I love English Paper Piecing, and hand-piecing in general, and you know I don’t often go for quick or easy projects. Quick and easy is for suckers. I absolutely love that Diane wrote a technique-oriented book, with a focus on learning a very specific technique very, very well – with full attention paid to every tiny aspect of EPP, from cutting fabric to the possibilities of each shape. There’s projects included, and they’re lovely, but the real prize here is all the other content – let me tell you, friends, if you have an even slight interest in English Paper Piecing or hand-stitching, you NEED this book. Go get it now now now.

So, for this blog hop, our challenge was simple: fussy-cut some hexagons. In case you’re not familiar with the term, fussy-cutting means that you choose the exact part of a print you use, rather than using all of a piece of fabric. I’ve never done any fussy-cutting before, so this seemed like the perfect challenge for me!

Tiny-scale fussy cutting!

Erm. Except that when I got down to it, I didn’t have anything terribly fussy-cut-friendly in my stash. Fussy-cutting is typically done with large-scale prints – florals or cute illustrations – and my stash is currently mostly small-scale geometrics and blenders. So how to combine my hostile stash with this technique??

Tiny-scale fussy cutting!

Why, cut up the teensy geometric elements, of course! I used 1/2″ hexies and went for fabrics that allowed the geometrics to be easily separated from the whole.

Tiny-scale fussy cutting!

Little stand-alone elements, such as the X’s in Cotton + Steel’s XOXO print work beautifully (Cotton + Steel in general has a lot of prints that work well for tiny fussy-cutting!), as well as stripes, zigzags, etc. There was a lot of trial-and-error, making hexies I didn’t use in the end, but even then, using tiny elements that repeat often on a print created much less wastage than fussy-cutting often does.

Tiny-scale fussy cutting!

My little wee quilt turned out to be 5″ x 19″ – just a sliver of a normal mini-quilt! And as I was sewing it together, the line ‘summer autumn winter spring’ (from one of my very favorite poems – “anyone lived in a pretty how town”, by ee cummings), popped into my head. It always charmed me the way that cummings lists the seasons in different orders in that poem, the years just going ’round and ’round, and that one gets stuck in my head sometimes. Looking at my tiny quilt, I realized these four hexie-flowers are a bit like the four seasons – and so my little quilt has a name.

Tiny-scale fussy cutting!

I’ve absolutely loved taking part in this challenge and finding a fun, new way to try this technique! Be sure to stop by the other fussy-cutting blog-hoppers throughout this week and see what amazingness they’ve created for this challenge!


But wait, don’t go yet! To celebrate the release of All Points Patchwork and this blog hop and everything good in the world, there’s a giveaway to enter: a set of Clover’s Black Gold hand-sewing needles and a Quilt Needle Threader!

Clover Giveaway!

NICE. International entries welcome, and entries will close at midnight on Sunday, June 7th, so hurry up and enter via Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

36 Comments on Fussy-Cut Hexie Challenge Blog Hop: Tiny-Scale Fussy Cutting!

  1. Tracey Peach
    June 1, 2015 at 14:47 (3 years ago)

    Lovely giveaway Thank You xxx

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  2. Sara
    June 1, 2015 at 15:14 (3 years ago)

    Oh no, another book to add to my “need/want” list. I love what you have done with the tiny half inch hexies.

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  3. debbie smith
    June 1, 2015 at 16:32 (3 years ago)

    ouuu that book looks fabulous !!! i’m quite new to quilting but your blog is amazing so inspiring and now i’m going to have to buy that book lol xx

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  4. Leah
    June 1, 2015 at 16:51 (3 years ago)

    Just the kind of book I need!

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  5. Diane Gilleland
    June 1, 2015 at 19:41 (3 years ago)

    OMG, Jule – this is absolutely stunning! I love the idea of fussy cutting with small hexies so much! I’ve always reached for my big prints, and had never thought of sizing down before. You’ve totally inspired me – I’ve been wanting to play with some wee shapes lately. This is such a sweet mini, and I love the four-seasons angle. Thank you for kicking us off so splendidly! XOXO

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  6. Barb
    June 1, 2015 at 20:39 (3 years ago)

    Your piece is gorgeous! Are the hexagons measured by the length of one side? You said yours is 1/2″ and surely that can’t be the width across…it would be so tiny! I’ve never worked with hexagons before. Something like this might have to be my next project but SOMEONE got me started on an orange peel quilt top that I haven’t finished yet. ;)

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  7. Kylie Goldsmith
    June 1, 2015 at 20:45 (3 years ago)

    Always wanted a project like this, just not patient enough!

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  8. Kathy
    June 1, 2015 at 20:52 (3 years ago)

    I ordered that book and can’t wait for it to arrive!
    I love your hexies!!!

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  9. morag p
    June 1, 2015 at 22:10 (3 years ago)

    have used gold plated needles before and they are fab – slip through the fabric really easily.

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  10. jeanne e.
    June 2, 2015 at 01:57 (3 years ago)

    this turned out super cute. i saw it on instagram this morning, but am happy to see it in more detail! still lovely. :) i just got this book and have been taking my time reading through it. so much good info… thanks for the chance to win some new needles! i always end up bending mine over time!

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  11. Dittany
    June 2, 2015 at 07:49 (3 years ago)

    Unusual and very cool fussy cutting!

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  12. Jenny
    June 2, 2015 at 09:37 (3 years ago)

    I love the idea of this book! And your little mini epp quilt is just so lovely – well done! :)

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  13. Amy B
    June 2, 2015 at 14:19 (3 years ago)

    What a fab giveaway!

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  14. Michelle
    June 2, 2015 at 15:43 (3 years ago)

    My copy is coming in T minus 6 days… I’m DYING!

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  15. Lynne
    June 2, 2015 at 17:04 (3 years ago)

    Love the way you scaled down the hexie size to fit your prints! Cute little quilt :-)

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  16. margaret
    June 3, 2015 at 06:12 (3 years ago)

    love your table runner and the geometrics work so well, have ordered the book, still waiting for it to pop through the letter box

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  17. claire woods
    June 3, 2015 at 10:22 (3 years ago)

    Would love to win, thank you.

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  18. Lesley Bambridge
    June 3, 2015 at 15:17 (3 years ago)

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway – and the inspiration to try fussy cutting : )

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  19. Sheri Darby
    June 4, 2015 at 20:12 (3 years ago)

    This looks wonderful – I’d love to win it

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  20. Jayne K
    June 5, 2015 at 01:05 (3 years ago)

    Very nice!

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  21. Jade
    June 5, 2015 at 18:45 (3 years ago)

    Lovely giveaway

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  22. Samantha Atherton
    June 5, 2015 at 19:14 (3 years ago)

    Your Post has really inspired me, I’d never heard of fussy cutting before.

    Reply
  23. Anthea Holloway
    June 5, 2015 at 19:40 (3 years ago)

    Thank you for this – it is a super prize!

    Reply
  24. Leanne Bell
    June 5, 2015 at 22:42 (3 years ago)

    Wow, I would love to have a go at something like this x

    Reply
  25. Tamsin Dean
    June 5, 2015 at 23:19 (3 years ago)

    So lovely, fantastic inspuration

    Reply
  26. Hayley Todd
    June 6, 2015 at 10:59 (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this lovely and very useful giveaway!

    Reply
  27. bekk
    June 6, 2015 at 12:28 (3 years ago)

    I love fussy cutting and hexies! 1/2″ inch hexies is pretty impressive, you must have a steady hand and a good eye to sew such small pieces! They look lovely!

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  28. Agnes
    June 6, 2015 at 14:43 (3 years ago)

    Your fussy cut hexies are lovely! I liked the book too and will be trying some new combo patterns. I liked how she taught you how to make your own templates but I’m not sure I’ll ever do that. Buying them from paperpieces.com is way too convenient!

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  29. Aaron Milne
    June 6, 2015 at 14:47 (3 years ago)

    Hope to WIN this for my Mum

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  30. aaron broad
    June 6, 2015 at 15:02 (3 years ago)

    Awesome give away thank you (:

    Reply
  31. Fiona K
    June 6, 2015 at 15:18 (3 years ago)

    Lovely giveaway – I could really do with a good quality needle threader as my eyesight is not what it used to be. This type of patchwork is something I’ve never tried, but I shall have to add this to the list of things to try, once I’ve finished the projects I already have on the go.

    Reply
  32. pauline black
    June 6, 2015 at 21:17 (3 years ago)

    What a fab giveaway. A huge yes please from me!

    Reply
  33. Vickie Jackson
    June 6, 2015 at 22:10 (3 years ago)

    That’s a really great giveaway!
    Fingers crossed

    Reply

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