I seem to have lost my quilting mojo for a bit, so instead of showing you the admittedly tragic results of my attempts to work on Big Wheels, I’m going to give you a short “lesson” in cutting hexagons.
Hexagons, as you know (maybe!) are 6 sided shapes. In quilting, we generally use hexagons that have 6 equal sides.
The most common use of hexagons is in a “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” type of quilt. You sew one hexagon to each side of all the hexagons until you end up with a quilt the size you want.
I “got into” hexagons because I became intrigued with Bethany Reynold’s Stack ‘n’ Whack technique which I saw on the much missed TV series “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson. You can see one of the quilts I made up above, under the title of this blog.
Then I fell in love with a folding technique in Rebecca Wat’s Fantastic Fabric Folding.
It turns out you can use any size hexagons for the hexagon flowers, so rather than tediously draft a template for each size of hexagon I wanted to try, I experimented with cutting out hexagons from a square.
1. For instance, if you want a hexagon that is 3″ on each side, you will need to start with a 6″ square. (See figure 1.) |
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3. *Be sure that you are leaving the folded edge as the widest part of your folded square! The center of the hexagon has to be twice the length of its sides. (See figures 3 and 4.) |
4. To make the sides of your hexagon all equal, you need to fold your fabric again. |
5. You will see the single layer of fabric on one side, but the other you can only see if you flip your hexagon over. (See Figure 6.) 7. |
8. Now you should have a hexagon with all sides the same measurement! |
So, I hope this quick tutorial made some sense. If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll modify it to make it clearer.
And, maybe I’ll have something worth showing next week!
adaisygarden said:
Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Carrie P. said:
thanks for this tutorial. I was trying to make the hexagons so that I could sew them on the machine but for some reason I couldn’t get the sides right. You helped me figure it out.
quiltingpiecebypiece said:
You’re welcome. I had to draft and cut out a lot of hexagons before I figured it out. I’m glad I saved someone that same frustration!
Anonymous said:
You frikken rock!!!
Deb G. said:
I found this on google (a year after your post) and it is exactly what I was looking for to make hexagons without a template or specialty ruler. Thank you!!
Sue said:
This is great for making hexagons.
I am trying to do the reverse: that is make a quilted hexagon into a square by adding sides.
I will try to reverse the process to add fabric to the sides so I have a square to work with. Suggestions and tips most welcome so I can sew with a square shape.
Thanks