Scrappy flower hexagon quilt

I am making a queen size scrappy hexagon quilt.

Scrappy hexagon quilts are great for several reasons. You can sew hexies virtually anywhere, for instance when travelling or on holidays. It is good to go back to your hexagon quilt when you feel like you need a break from other types of sewing, when you are between big projects or just for a relaxing day.  It is also a good way to improve your stitching skills.

I do not have a deadline to finish this quilt. I haven’t even calculated how many hexagons I need.

There are many ways to make hexagons. The following is just one of the many methods out there.

I have chosen a hexagon size which is not too big not too small. Each side of the hexagon is 1 inch and 2 inches across the wider part. You can download the hexagon template (google doc). Print on thick or plain paper and cut. Then make a hole in the centre so that it is easy to remove. There are about 16 hexagons per A4 sheet so print a few copies. Before printing make sure you’re printing at 100%.

Materials

  • Fabric squares at least 2 1/2 inches big
  • Hexagon templates
  • Thread

I am making hexagon flowers. To make each flower I use 6 squares in one colour scheme, eg pink, and a cream or white square for the centre.

Instructions

Take a hexagon template and a fabric square.

Place the template in the middle of the fabric square, on the wrong side.

Pin to hold paper and fabric together.

Trim the fabric to decrease the bulk.

Now fold the fabric along one of the hexagon sides and press with your fingers.

Fold the next side making both sides meet in the hexagon corner as per photo below.

Do  a stitch.

Do a second stitch.

Now move on to the next corner. Do as you did with the previous side.

Do a double stitch and move on to the next corner again.

Once you finish the last corner cut the thread. You’re done.

Do all hexagons in this way.

Now take two hexagons and place them side by side as per picture.

Start stitching one side together as per picture.

Continue to the end.

The stitches won’t be visible.

Continue to stitch each side in the same way making a ring.

When you have stitched a ring, add the middle hexagon.

You can iron the flower at this time.

To remove the template, insert a thick needle or a small pair of scissors through the the whole and lift.

You can iron the flower now.

The flower is done.

I still don’t know how I will assemble the flowers together. At the moment the pattern doesn’t look like flowers. Maybe I will add an extra ring in cream or white around each flower. This is an evolving project.

About these ads

16 thoughts on “Scrappy flower hexagon quilt

  1. Great tutorial. I don’t know if you know but the flowers are easier to sew together if you leave the papers in.

  2. Good lesson! I am teaching my self to make hexies and am enamored with them! Can’t get enough. I thought it was interesting to see how differently we make them. How many flowers do you think you have done so far?

  3. Good Luck – it is a wonderful design for “pick-up” work. I like your idea of punching a hole in the paper and then putting the pin through. Alternatively, I make my papers of freezer paper now – they can each be used several times and are not hard to get out, even when the edges are “nibbled” a bit by stitching the hexes together. I have however learned to curtail my enthusiasm in taking out the papers – if you are going to join your small flower to anything I find it easier leave the outer layer in place.

  4. I find the flowers easier to sew if I start with the center hexie, sewing only one side of each of the outer hexies to it. Then remove the paper from the center hexie and you can easily fold each pair of the outer ring together to sew them.

  5. Looks wonderfull; I made a flower hexagon for my dollhouse, and made a cream ring around the flowers. That way you will get a good idea of the flowers and a composed quilt. I allways leave the paper inside for as long as possible.
    Now I am making a realsize quilt; no flowers this time but only scrabs I collected, but I am still wondering how to quilt when I am done with my 1.500 (or something) hexagons.
    Can anyone tell me?
    Love Sytske

  6. Thanks sytske. About which quilting method to use I haven’t even thought about it but I guess quilting on the seam would be an option or just stippling. I’m open to suggestions. Wow, 1500 hexagons. They must be really small ones. I’ve calculated around 800 or 900 for a QS bed.

  7. Pingback: Scrappy flower hexagon quilt | The New Bad Girls Guild

  8. Pingback: Make a quilt: 17 free tutorials of my quilts | Sewn Up by TeresaDownUnder

  9. Pingback: Hexy coin purse tutorial | Sewn Up by TeresaDownUnder

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s