Thursday, August 22, 2013

Patchwork, Please! :: Happy Hexagon Trivet

Here's another Zakka project that was really straightforward for a paper-piecing-phobe like myself. As often happens, choosing the fabrics I wanted to use took the most time. Beings a trivet is used in the kitchen, I thought a nice linen teapot would be perfect.
When you glance at the template, you'll understand, but basically I found that cutting my fabric pieces 1 1/2" x the length of each triangle + 1" worked perfectly as I stitched my way around the "circle."
When it came time to bind those 60-degree corners, I did a little research, having had trouble with them in the past. This video was helpful, even though I still wasn't 100% happy with my results. If you have some super tips on technique, I'd definitely appreciate hearing.

But overall I really enjoyed this project and am super pleased with it. I am also really enjoying all the different variations in the flickr group! Folks are going totally scrappy, using solids, minimizing the number of fabrics - each giving a different but delightful look. Nice!

19 comments:

  1. Yes, this one is on my list too! I love yours with its pretty teapot centre! Your matching fabrics are lovely!

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  2. Wow , taking your time over fabric choices is really worth it . Yours looks gorgeous !

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  3. I love it, so pretty, and honestly I think your pivot point on the binding look really good! I've never tried that before.

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  4. I love the soft look of this fabric combination, your trivet is lovely.

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  5. Nice! The teapot is just perfect. You're not a paper piecing phobe still are you? You've done quite a few nice P.P. projects!

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  6. Your binding looks great!! I love the teapot and the fabrics you chose. Thanks for the tip on how big to cut the pieces of fabric!

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  7. Perfect centre choice for a teapot stand!

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  8. You have such a great eye for color balance. I'm officially jealous !

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  9. I'm hoping to whip one of these out this weekend! I love your linen teapot though! I wonder what will be my fussy cut focus piece...

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  10. Really beautiful - love the cute teapot in the centre!

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  11. I'm confused...I know, what else is new. Is this foundation piecing or paper piecing??

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  12. Great job, Debbie! I'm working on this same project. You're right about the time it took to select the fabrics. I'm now at the quilting stage and have tried a bunch of things, but haven't been happy with them. How did you quilt it? In the ditch? Thanks for sharing the binding video!

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  13. I like the teapot a lot. Perfect for the trivet.

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  14. I love this fabric combo, it's adorable! What is that pink print?

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