True to form, I couldn't stand not knowing how slicing off the excess of the hexies would work for creating a straight edge. :-)
The blue arrow shows the one hexagon that has been stitched in place to become the side edge hexie.
It fills in the "castle crenelation" space.
I'll cut along the ruler edge, leaving the 3/8" extra to fold under.
I had a thought .... what if this sliced off "excess" could be used to fill in the zig-zag space at the top/bottom ?
*That* would be awesome!
So, the excess piece from the side hexies is just waste. It really is too small for me to do anything else with.
The basting thread you see on the back of the top *stays* on the hexie, holding the seam allowances in place.
Because I don't stitch THROUGH the paper template, the basting thread doesn't show on the front and hence, doesn't *need* to be removed.
I really dislike having more steps than is necessary when working on a project. If you need to do a step, that's fine ... but in this case, I read a blog (uncredited, I'm afraid) that showed the quilter taking a back-stitch at each folded corner *BUT* not going through the template, then dragging the thread to the next corner, etc until all the corners had been tacked together. In this manner, all the corners are held down and the basting thread does NOT need to be removed when the hexies are stitched together!
Although removing the basting thread is very easy ... it just pulls out ... it's one step that I don't have to do with all the many, many hexies that will be in this top. If I was using smaller hexies, there would be many more of them and removing the basting thread would that much more obnoxious.
I was pleased to discover that my full-size hexie yields (2) of these smaller hexies, so there is much less waste.
I'm also pleased that, eventually, I will have a nice finished, straight edge on the hexies so that I will be able to easily (and I'm all about being easy!! :-) ) sew on border strips.