Rachel over at Stitched in Color is having a String Fever sew-a-long and she just announced some killer prizes. But don't enter and dilute my chances of winning. Seriously.
I love, love, love using up scraps. It makes me feel like I am saving the environment which brings me an endless smug satisfaction. I wanted to try a strip paper piecing using equilateral triangles and thus the string-a-hex block is born.
1) First make some 8.5" equilateral triangles. Take a piece of printer paper* and line up the 60 degree line of your ruler with the bottom of the paper. Cut along the long edge of the ruler.
* I used an old journal article. Scientist's houses are full of em
3) Piecing the blocks is almost as straightforward as strip piecing a square. Stack 6 triangles and fold the top point down. Make sure your crease is parallel with the base. This is easy to do when you used lined paper. Then place the white strip along the crease (either side, just be consistent).
5) When piecing from the inside to the outside of the triangle you have to pay a bit more attention to the fabrics you chose for the next strip. Let's entertain some options:
This red piece is too short!! If you sew it on there will be lots of visible paper.
This piece is more than long enough. Go for it!
If you forget to center your next strip right and it doesn't fit across the block - DONT PANIC.
6) Keep adding strips until you cover the entire paper. Remember that the last 1/4" will be lost in the seam allowance when you sew the blocks together so you may want to use a fairly wide strip for the last piece.
7) Trim that triangle! Simply cut along each edge of the paper to trim it down to size.
piece equilateral triangles from Freshly Pieced Bloom Bloom Pow-a-long.
I hope you like this tutorial. If something is unclear please ask and I will address it in the comments. If you use this tutorial I would love to see pictures! Now I need to get my ass in gear to finish up mine before the Strip Fever deadline.