I wanted to share a few thoughts on piecing hexagons this week.
Here's my hexagon travel box. I can't remember how long ago I bought this box, but it is from IKEA. It holds more supplies that the bead box and I have everything I need to take my hexagons on to go.
After trying multiple piecing methods, I'm sticking with the whipstitch. Even though it makes tiny ripples on the front side at the seams, it feels much sturdier than the ladder stitch. I didn't really like using a running stitch. It pulls too much fabric into the seam in my opinion and can cause puckering.
Here's the back of that area. I'm trying to keep my whipstitches very small and only grab the very edge of the hexagon. I counted between 15 to 20 stitches per inch on these pieced hexagons.
In the photo above, you can see a few of the stitches on the top of that Amy Butler peachy paisley, but since it's brown, it's not too obvious. That's why I like the brown (or grey) as opposed to white for piecing. Even on white fabrics, it seems hidden in the shadows if a few threads end up showing on top.
And finally, the back of that area. I make a quilters knot in my thread and then sew the tail down under my whipstitch. At the finishing end, I tie another quilters knot up tightly against the fabric and then weave the thread through a little so the end isn't hanging loose.
Don't forget to check out all the great hexagons over in the flickr group and add your images! I love seeing all the inspiring photos. There are a couple of discussions going on too.