Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper Template with Faux Hexagon Patchwork



In the summer, I’m a lazy quilter. Time outside takes precedence over time in my sewing studio, yet I do love to create and test out new techniques. If you, too, are looking for a creative, yet a quick project, try our Tablet Keeper for an iPad (shown) or other e-reader tablets. Firm with custom-made plastic inserts to keep your e-reader protected, you’ll be reading next to the pool or out on the deck in style. 
Nancy Zieman's Tablet Keeper Template with Faux Hexagon Patchwork



The technique I’d like to share is a Faux Hexagon. The dreaded—at least for me—Y-seam is not to be seen. (I’ve been known to refer to Y-seams as Why Seam! I digress!) With this technique you can get the look of Y-seams with simple straight stitching.

Instructions are written for using Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template­–Grandmother’s One Patch Collection and Trace ‘n Create E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers Templates, both products that I designed for Clover.


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Trace 'n Create Tablet Keepers Nancy Zieman

Click here to view the Tablet Keeper 2.0 device listing. If you don’t see your tablet listed, email us at info@ziemanproductions.com and we’ll add your electronic device to the listings.

Trace 'n Create Tablet Keeper Nancy Zieman Quantities are for 44/45″ wide cotton quilting fabrics. Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Fabrics shown in photos: Assorted batiks and wax batiks (on sale this week at Nancy’s Notions). 

Supplies for Faux Hexagon Tablet Keeper

1/4 yard OR 1 fat quarter dark green/blue for faux hexagons

1/4 yard OR 1 fat quarter light blue for faux hexagons

1/4 yard OR 1 fat quarter multi-color blue/green medium-dark for faux hexagons, strap closure, inner spine, and binding

1/3 yard OR 1 fat quarter medium-blue for faux hexagons and inner tablet

5/8 yard medium-weight fusible interfacing, such as Pellon’s Shirtailor

1/3 yard Pellon Peltex Ultra-Firm Stabilizer (non-fusible)

1 Package Clover 1″ Create-a-Strap

1 Package Clover 5/8″ Create-a-Strap

1 Clover 1″ D-Ring

1 Set Clover Pre-Cut Tablet Keeper Shapers

1-1/2″ Sew-On Hook and Loop Tape 3/4″ wide

1/2 yard 1/2″ Elastic or 1 quality nonslip hair band

Helpful Notions: Rotary cutter, mat & ruler, fine-tip marking pen or pencil, sharp tip scissors, spray starch/fabric stiffener, 1/4″ quilting/patchwork presser foot, zipper foot and coordinating thread.

Cut Fabrics

From dark green/blue fabric, cut:

• Three 2-1/4″ wide strips. From strips, trace and cut eleven 2″ faux hexagon shapes using Faux Hexagon Template from the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template­–Grandmother’s One Patch Collection.

From light blue fabric, cut:

• Three 2-1/4″ wide strips. From strips, trace and cut fourteen 2″ faux hexagon shapes using Faux Hexagon Template from the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template­–Grandmother’s One Patch Collection.

From multi-color blue/green medium-dark fabric, cut:

• Three 2-1/4″ wide strips. From strips, trace and cut fourteen 2″ faux hexagon shapes using Faux Hexagon Template from the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template­–Grandmother’s One Patch Collection.

• One 2″ wide x 32″ long strip for strap closure. Note from Nancy: If using a fat quarter, cut: Two 2″ wide x 16-1/2″ long strips and stitch together to equal one 2″ wide x 32″ long strip.

• One 1-1/4″ wide x 10-3/4″ long strip for inner spine.

• 64″ of 2-1/2″ wide strips. Join strips to make bias binding.

From medium-blue fabric, cut:

• One 17″ wide x 10-3/4″ long interior rectangle.

• Three 2-1/4″ wide strips. From strips, trace and cut eleven 2″ faux hexagon shapes using Faux Hexagon Template.

Note From Nancy: Prior to cutting faux hexagon pieces, I like to use Mary Ellen’s Best Press, a clear crisp spray starch, to stiffen the fabric. The crisp fabric increases accuracy in cutting and makes it easier to stitch a bias edge and a straight edge together.

 

Layout Shapes

Referring to Faux Hexagon Unit Assembly Diagram, layout pieces in ten columns—five faux hexagon shapes per column, creating a honeycomb design.


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Stitching

Align right sides and edges of shapes, extending the seam allowances 1/4″, creating a V-shape.

 

Align edge of 1/4″ presser foot with edge of the fabric. Stitch. The first and last stitches should land at the V-shapes of the seam allowance. Press seams open. Repeat, stitching together pieces of each column. 


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



Align column seams, right sides together. Stitch; press seams open. Continue adding columns until the ten-column Faux Hexagon unit is complete.


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



Place Tablet Keeper Template on top of pieced unit. Center left edge of template to center of Faux Hexagon unit. Trace around template edges and trim off any excess fabric. 


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



Press medium-weight fusible interfacing (cut the same size as the Faux Hexagon unit) to the wrong side of the Faux Hexagon unit. Place Pellon Peltex Ultra-Firm Stabilizer (cut the same size as the Faux Hexagon unit) to the wrong side of the Faux Hexagon unit. Pin.

 

Assemble Tablet Keeper

Create a Strap using the 1″ Create-a-Strap, following the directions included in the Trace ‘n Create E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers Templates. Position and topstitch the strap to the fabric.


Faux Hexagon Tablet Keeper by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy



Create the E-Tablet Interior: Press medium-weight fusible interfacing to wrong side of medium-blue fabric interior rectangle. Align Tablet Keeper Template A to right edge of right side of interior rectangle. Mark inner spine and elastic placement lines. Flip template to left and mark inner spine markings. Connect inner spine markings, creating two parallel markings.


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



Cut and place elastic at markings, machine baste edges.


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



Pin interior fabric to outer Faux Hexagon unit wrong sides together. Edgestitch along sides and lower edge, folding strap out of the way of the stitching line. Do not stitch across top.


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



Create Inner Spine: Place fusible side of 5/8″ Create-a-Strap to wrong side of multi-color blue/green medium-dark fabric strip and press. Fold and press along perforations.

Position inner spine strip to interior, centering strip between markings. Edgestitch along both sides of strip, stitching through all layers. Insert Pre-Cut Tablet Keeper Shapers between outer and inner fabrics and edgestitch along top. 


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



 Binding

Join 2-1/2″ wide multi-color blue/green medium-dark fabric strips for binding. Attach binding to Tablet Keeper following the instructions included with Clover’s Trace ‘n Create E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers Template.


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



Note From Nancy: If you’re not an iPad owner, the Tablet Keeper has options for three different electronic and paper tablet sizes. Whether you’re low-tech or high-tech, use this template to test out other patchwork designs.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway


Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams




Nancy Zieman how to sew easy Hexagon quilts without Y-seams



For a chance to win a set of Clover’s Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template­–Grandmother’s One Patch Collection and Trace ‘n Create E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers Templates, please leave a comment below sharing the fabrics and colorations you’d feature in your Tablet Keeper.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner



The random winner of a copy of Landscape Quilting Workshop workbook is Peggy who said, I’m doing an evening scene of Louisiana cypress trees at sunset. The colors are mostly deep reds and purples with hints of gold showing through. I also did free motion stitching in the water using metallic thread in the bobbin. Very effective.

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