Friday, June 14, 2013

hexagon quilt tutorial

This is my first hexagon quilt.  I was forced to make it . . . had to step out of my box . . . .  I'm not one for fussy work, or directions for that matter.  But I'm glad we've crossed that bridge.  It was a piece of cake.

It's not a true "finish it up Friday" but I've got 6 quilts going right now in all sorts of stages.  This is more of a wip.


Part 1 - Quilting
Baste together your front back ground fabric to your back.
Baby size 50" x 42" (I like that size, no piecing)

Quilt to your liking:

Part 2 - The Hexagons

Cut yourself a template from an old file (card stock weight).

Press your fabrics, cut around your template, leaving 1/2 inch on each sides.

Leave the template in the hexi while you press (w/ starch).

. . . nice stack of hexies.

Now to attach your hexies. The trick is to get them all centered correctly. 
Mark the center horizontal and vertical centers of your quilt.

First, lay a row of hexies on your horizontal mid line.  You can choose your favorite applique method, or use the directions below.

Second, lay a row of hexies on your vertical mid line, attach.  Continue the process of attaching rows of hexies vertically, leaving 1/2 an inch between each one.

Pin a row of hexies in place.

Baste down with a large stitch.

Baste 1 or 2 rows at a time, max.  

Sew along the edge of each hexi.  My advice is to go slow.  I free motion quilted them on,  less turning of your quilt that way.

For a nice finish, fish your strings through your quilt.  


The hexies on the left are sewn down I still have some on the right.  And you can see where I experimented with some quilting on the gray hexi on the right but I like them plain.



  1. wow, hexies! that's out of my box and zone, too. you gave some really great tips to working with them! maybe they're not so bad this way.

  2. Fabulous quilt! I love hexies and this is the first time I've seen them used this way. Great job.

  3. Cute! I just love that fabric line and this is a great use for it!

  4. How cool are those hexies:) Admire how you did this!

  5. I haven't ventured into hexies yet either. Y seams scare me. I hadn't thought of hexi applique. Thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to give that a try.

  6. That is adorable! Neat technique for appliqueing them after the quilting. They're a nice too, so the pretty fabrics shine through.

  7. Very pretty! I like the soft colours.

  8. Very attractive. I'm partial to hexagons. I think that's because I used to be a chemist and frozen water crystals are six-sided. I like the quilting you did in the gray one.

  9. Great way to use hexagons! Love it!

  10. I love hexagons and this is a great way to put them together! Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. great little tutorial on this! I've never done anything with hexies, but I do love the way they look. May need to expand my skills! :)

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  12. So cute! I love the diagonal quilting (but I am partial to straight line quilting)! Thank you for the great tips! I might have to try this.

  13. I haven't done any hexies. Yes, they do seem fussy to me. I like you results, though!

  14. This is so pretty! Great job

  15. This is great, and I have to try it later. You could possibly use the hexies with raw edges too.

  16. I love hexagon projects and yours is really neat!

  17. You make it look easy!!! Lovely quilt.

  18. Another great noteworthy quilt :)

  19. I ♥ hexies! Your colors are so pretty and I love your technique for appliquéing them on!

    xo -E


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