As you can see in this detail...I just draw the sewing line on each hexie before I cut it out. When I started this quilt back in the 1970s...I had never even heard of EPP...and I didn't have a pattern, just memories of my Grandma & Mom's quilt. I drew hexies onto a piece of clearish plastic from the lid of some food container...one for the cutting line & one for the sewing line.
This is how the flowers look after I've sewn a round of hexies on...the inside of this one is pressed, but the green hexies are not. The part that doesn't have hexies is where this one attaches to the previous one in the row. You can see that the seams look a bit unruly...but no worries...they press flat just fine.
See??? Everything is nice & in it's place now. I guess the EPP thing gives crisper, more accurate lines on the hexies...but the basting of the fabric to the paper, then whip stitching those hexies together would drive me bonkers. A short one inch seam with probably 8-10 stitches per inch works so much better & faster for me.
The front of my flowers still have nice hexies in them...and I'm enjoying the process. I'm glad I never knew about EPP when I started this quilt...it wouldn't have worked for me. I got a total of 7 flowers sewn together right now...and spent the rest of this week cutting more green hexies.
Does anyone else sew their hexies this way???
I also have to do a reality check on the size of my quilt. I've been planning an oversized queen size one...but may have to revise that based on how much of this green print I have. Back when I started my quilt I had a double bed...so bought fabric based on that. There's no way I can find more of this green...so I think I'll start with a double size & then if I have enough I can add on a row at a time to the length & width to make it as large as possible with the fabric I have.
That's my plan for now...don't you
sometimes often hate reality???
I'll be linking up to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday as soon as she opens it up for posts.