Hi friends! Today I am sharing a tutorial to help you tackle that pile of hexagons you have laying around.
The Easy Hexagon Mini Quilt
This originally came together when I was working on a pillow for a giveaway on my blog several months ago. Several people have asked me since for some tips on how to recreate this pillow and I finally had time to whip up some instructions.
In English paper piecing, hexagons are usually sewn together and the process can take a very long time. This was sort of an accident of being in a hurry, and a little lazy…
For today’s project you will need the following materials:
In parenthesis is the exact number and measurements that were used in my project. Since you can make this into a mini quilt or a pillow top, feel free to play around with how many hexies you use. There is no right number
- Hexagons (for this project I used exactly 71 – 1″ hexagons) The hexagon template you use is measured based off of one of the six sides – making these actually 2″ in size. Ellison Lane has a fantastic video tutorial on how to make a hexie for those of you who are new to paper piecing. I am a big fan of pre-cut hexagons from Paper Pieces but you can also print your own at home with a free pattern from Connectingthreads.com - I recommend printing on heavier paper so you may reuse the hexagons.
- Thread for sewing your hexagons – any color, and thread for your sewing machine. I chose a white to match my white fabric background.
- 2.5″ squares of fabric for your hexagons (I cut 18 – 5″ charm squares into 1/4 to create 72 squares, 71 were used, fabric is Joy from Kate Spain) Charm packs that consist of 5″ squares are perfect for this project because all you have to do is cut into 1/4 to make the 2.5″ fabric square needed. There are also mini charm packs that are already the 2.5″ size. If you have a pile of scrap fabric, just make sure the scrap is large enough to wrap over the edges of the hexagon template with room to glue down.
- Aleene’s Fabric Fusion – this is a clear, water-based adhesive that is machine washable and flexible. It creates a permanent bond between fabrics. I used the bottle of Fabric Fusion but there is a glue pen version that I am sure is great.
- 2 pieces of fabric, 1 for the background of your hexagons, and 1 for your quilted backing. (My fabric measures 16.5″ x 21.5″) If you are making a pillow but your fabric a couple of inches larger than your desired pillow size.
- Quilt batting or fusable fleece. (I used a fusable batting, you may choose to baste or use a spray adhesive before quilting)
- Iron, cutting board, scissors
- Make your hexies, again for a how to video I highly recommend Jennifer’s tutorial over at Ellison Lane.
- With your iron set on high heat/steam press all of your hexies. This will allow the hexagon to keep it’s shape when you take out the stitches and the paper template inside.
- Take one of the two pieces of fabric to your iron and fold in half – then press. Fold in half the other direction – then press. This will create a nice fold as a pattern to lay your hexies on.
- Lay out some sheets of paper under your fabric, this will keep any glue residue from sticking to your work surface.
- Keeping your hexie stitched together start to layout your design. I place the first right in the middle where the two folds meet.
- Continue to lay out your pattern horizontally and then fill in from the middle out.
- Now that you have all of your hexies in a pattern, look over the entire area to make sure that you like how they are grouped. A great way to check this is to take a black and white picture with your phone and see the value.
- Remove your middle hexie – starting from the middle and working your way out will help you keep everything measuring nicely.
- Using your scissors, snip the thread on the back of your hexie and pull out the thread.
- Now remove the paper hexagon template. Your hexie should stay well folded since you ironed with high heat/steam.
- Now using your Fabric Fusion glue, draw a thin line around the back perimeter of the hexie.
- Place the hexie back into it’s spot in the middle and repeat 70 more times or as many as you like.
- Remember to work from the inside out so that your hexie pieces will measure nicely.
All glued down and ready to finish!
- Now you are free to finish the project however you like – If making a mini quilt or pillow top you will now need to layer your batting and back fabric and baste / pin or spray.
- There are several ways you can now quilt this, I am going to show you how to quilt in the pattern I have above – straight line stitching.
- Starting at the edge of your fabric sew straight stitches from point to point on the hexagons – pictured above.
- Now you will stitch straight line stitches from corner point to corner point starting at the edge of your fabric – pictured above.
- Last section of straight line stitching from the other side corner to corner starting at the edge of your fabric – pictured above.
- Now trim the edges and feel free to add binding to finish this off as a mini quilt or trim and make into a pillow top.
When quilting in the straight line pattern the back is just as striking as the front if not more.
For my pillow top, I wanted to make it a little more secure in case it was washed. I did a stitch around the edges of each hexagon. I chose to do a red thread with the red hexies and cream thread with the tan and cream ones.
Here is a picture of the original mini quilt that I made for my partner in the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap. Featuring a beautiful Joel Dewberry fabric – Aviary 2 in Lilac.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that it was easy to understand. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or to let me know if anything about it is confusing.
Linking up today with Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts
Thank you so much for stopping by friends and I hope to see you again soon!