Modern Hexies

Modern Hexies
November 22, 2013 nicole

Hi friends,

Excited to share with you my pattern Hexie Pillow – a complete step by step instruction on the Modern Hexie process.

In this pattern you will learn how to:

  • Baste your hexagons
  • How to prepare hexagons for gluing
  • How to prepare your baking material for your project
  • How to space and glue your hexagons down
  • Marking and quilting your project

Modern Hexies

In English paper piecing, hexagons are usually sewn together and the process can take a very long time. This process eliminates the extra sewing and adds in a glue element to speed things along and make for a very striking effect.

Here is one of many videos included in the pattern, Basting Hexies will give you a head start on prepping for your project.


Modern Hexies
Thank you so much for stopping by friends and I hope to see you again soon!


Comments (113)

  1. Sara 4 years ago

    I wish I enjoyed making hexies since this table runner is pretty irresistible!!!! maybe someday;)

  2. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Sara, it took me a while to enjoy making them so I completely understand! Keep saving some fabric scraps for when that someday happens you will be all set 🙂

  3. cath@wombatquilts 4 years ago

    Fabulous. I love it. I have a stash of hexagons and I now have another use for them. Thanks so much.

  4. Wow! This is absolutely stunning! I’ve seen your progress on IG (I’m loveelainellc) and I’m absolutely smitten. I love it in the Christmas fabric or the Joel Dewberry – simply amazing! I’ve never done EPP but this is making me want to learn!

  5. Sue S 4 years ago

    Wonderful – another great hexie project! I love the way it looks with the white in between the hexies. Thanks for sharing!

  6. liz 4 years ago

    Very pretty! Thanks for the tute 🙂

  7. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Thank you so much Liz! Hope you enjoy making this project, please share it with us if you do!

  8. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Thank you Cath! I have a big pile of random ones I am excited to make something with now as well. If you make something like this please share it, would love to see what you create!

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    nicole 4 years ago

    You are so sweet Christen, thank you! So happy to have great IG friends, isn’t it the best?! You will love EPP once you start, it is THE best carry in your purse project. You can work on it anywhere since it is so portable.

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    nicole 4 years ago

    You’re welcome Sue! So happy to have you check out the tutorial. I hope you give the project a try, it is so much fun.

  11. Peggyinno 4 years ago

    I haven’t gotten on the hexie bandwagon yet, BUT this project may be to cute for me to resist! Thanks for a great tutorial and I look forward to trying it one day!

  12. Shauna 4 years ago

    Love the tutorial and I will definitely be planning to made a hanging. Bought some hexies at Liberty London to make up when I was in London last fall and this project will be perfect to show case them. Thanks for sharing. Also love the Aviary 2 line of fabric.

  13. Debbie 4 years ago

    Can’t say I really love to make hexies but this looks very fun! Thanks for sharing! Love your finished mini especially!

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Thanks Debbie! I have a love / hate relationship with them…I am sure I am going to hate them very soon 🙂

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Thank you so much Shauna! I really hope you share your project with us when you are finished….it is going to be absolutely stunning in Liberty!!!

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Thanks Peggy – I hope you do hop on the bandwagon! So perfect for all of those little scrap pieces we all have 🙂

  17. Paula 4 years ago

    Thanks for a great tutorial. I really love the mini quilt you made

  18. Adrienne 4 years ago

    So Great! I have some Hexies basted and waiting for a project just like this!

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Wonderful Adrienne! I have a couple more hexie tutorials coming up soon so there are several chances to use them! 🙂

  20. Kate Spain 4 years ago

    Nicole, this is so adorable! You’ve done such a wonderful job with this tutorial. Keep inspiring us with your beautiful creations! xo

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Thank you so so much Kate! This line was so much fun to work with, looking forward to working with your designs again 🙂

  22. kris 4 years ago

    Wow thanks for the tutorial and the pieces just look great. I especially like the cross grid quilting. Wonderful job!

  23. Susan McAdams 4 years ago

    Love the hexagon mini-quilt. It looks so uniform. Great job.

  24. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Thank you so much Susan!

  25. Iva 4 years ago

    Thank you for this great tutorial. Looks wonderful! I love this mini-quilt <3

  26. Tracey 4 years ago

    I just made this quilt for a swap and I am absolutely in love with it! Thank you for the tutorial! As soon as I can get a good picture, I will share it with you.

  27. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Tracey – I would love love love to see a picture of your project – I’ll share it with my readers! I am so happy that you had fun making it, I am about to start some more pillows with this same process, way faster than the old way.

  28. Meg 4 years ago

    I love this! I want to do it for a baby quilt. Do you think the edges that aren’t sewn down will eventually come up when washed and I need to sew around each one first? Thanks!

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Thanks Meg! If you are making it for something that will be washed repeatedly like a quilt, I would definitely stitch around each one. You might space them out a little more. Keeping your needle down as you turn the corners made it so much easier for me when I did a pillow like that. Good luck and I hope you will share it with me when you are done! I would love to see a larger project like that 🙂

  30. Meg 4 years ago

    Fantastic! Thanks. I will definitely share a photo when I finish. Thanks for the tutorial!

  31. Debbie 4 years ago

    Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing!

  32. tanyiadeskins 4 years ago

    I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for posting this tutorial. It gave me the courage to try hexies for the first time. I really hate any sort of hand work, but this seemed totally doable. I gave it a go and finished up a table topper. Its in my past WIP post here:

    thanks again, so much!

  33. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Oh this is just beautiful Tanyia! Thank you so much for sharing this with me and I am so so happy you enjoyed this project! I get burnt out on quilting sometimes so it is nice to have a hand project to work on while watching tv etc. You did such an amazing job – I hope you don’t mind if I share this?

  34. Kendra 4 years ago

    I saw your most recent version and thought I could do the same with a Botanics jelly roll I have been hoarding. Then as I read more I thought I could use this technique for this round of the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap – and then I read to
    the bottom and discover that is exactly what you made for the last round!

  35. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Kendra, you should seriously make one with the jelly roll – Just having more of that beautiful fabric on a quilt would look amazing! The first one was for the swap last year – loved the Joel Dewberry fabric so much 🙂

  36. Paloma 4 years ago

    This is so cool! thanks for sharing this tut! xo

  37. Marisa 4 years ago

    Hi! I have just seen this little Hexiequilt…and I love it absolutely! I would like to start it immediately…well…. first I have to sleep, it’s 11 p.m…But tomorrow!!! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. Greetings from Switzerland

  38. Ally 4 years ago

    Could you make something like this with hexi cut fabric but use raw edges instead of folding them over? It seems it would have a rag quilt look if done that way…

  39. Amy Childs 4 years ago

    I made a mini quilt for my daughter’s dolls using your tutorial. You can see my post on it here –
    I linked back to you extensively. Your instructions are very easy to follow. Thank you!

  40. Tiffany 4 years ago

    Love this!!! Just finished using fabric fusion glue for the first time…so exciting! I was convinced I would ruin it but it looks lovely. 🙂

  41. samljjnr 4 years ago

    Wow, have so enjoyed this tutorial and what a great idea. Thank you for sharing it. Warm regards, Christine

  42. Katrina H 4 years ago

    OMG I’m crazy about this. Thank you for sharing!

  43. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Of course Katrina and thank you so much! So happy you enjoyed the project!

  44. Elnora 4 years ago

    Do you draw lines to help you quilt and/or lay the hexies out straight? Wonderful!

  45. Elnora 4 years ago

    Love this! But you knew that;) One question: Do you use a tacking stitch on your machine when you stitch around each hexagon?

  46. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Hi Elnora! I do a regular stitch…not sure I have tried a tacking stitch, now I am intrigued!!

  47. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    For laying out the hexagon pattern I usually fold the main fabric in half both directions and press creating a line to start and then eye ball it from there 🙂

  48. Maggie 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful! I can’t wait to try something like this. I have some fat quarters from that Joel Dewberry line I might just have to try out!

  49. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Thank you so much Maggie! I would love to see another one in those fabrics, they are just gorgeous! Please share with us if you make one 🙂

  50. Deb 4 years ago

    I love this!! I think it was just what I needed at just the right time. I have a pile of hexagons that started as circles and they would be lovely in this application. I also have a bunch of antique hexies and this would allow them to shine. Is there a spot to share photos? I’s love to see what everyone else has done 🙂

  51. Catie 4 years ago

    This looks great! I’m tempted to make in felt so I won’t have to fold over the hexagons edges? Thanks for the inspiration!

  52. Author
    nicole 4 years ago

    Hi Catie – that is an awesome idea! I just made one with pleather and it was more fun than the fabric version, and a whole lot faster too! Share with us if you make one, would love to see it in an all felt version!

  53. gwen 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, I completed a hexi quilt and boy was it hard work. I really love this idea, will have a go. Once again many thanks , Gwen in Tasmania

  54. ghis 3 years ago

    Trés beau
    Trés bonne idée!!
    J’aime beaucoup

  55. Kathy 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for a fabulous idea on using hexies! I love making hexies and have some “flower” hexies made. They are beautiful and would look good done this way, too. I am always looking for more ways to use them especially with the machine. This would make a beautiful table runner and use the appliqué stitch around each! A lot of work, but it would be beautiful. I look forward to following your blog!

  56. Author
    nicole 3 years ago

    Thank you so much Kathy and I love the flower pattern idea like this! If you end up making the table runner please share it with us, I bet it would be gorgeous!

  57. Dimitri Morel 3 years ago

    Vos projet sont originaux. J’aime beaucoup ce que vous faites =)
    Your projets are very original. I love so what you do =)

  58. Eva 3 years ago

    Amei o trabalho e o tutorial! Parabéns!

  59. Amy 3 years ago

    Beautiful! I’m so doing this!

  60. Erin 3 years ago

    Hi Nicole! My name is Erin and I’m a young-ish (26) quilter from California. I decided at the last minute to submit an entry to QuiltCon 2015’s Small Quilt contest and have been looking online for inspiration. I came across your tutorial for the “Modern Hexies” mini quilt and wondered if you’d allow me to create something based on this design? I would, of course, give credit to you on my submission form and quilt description at the show. Please let me know — I love the idea! Thank you.

  61. Author
    nicole 3 years ago

    Sounds fantastic Erin, please so and I cannot wait to see it!!

  62. Wendy 3 years ago

    Your recent BIG one of these has totally inspired me! Love your photos on IG of the process and the final product! I wondered how you got them to stick to the fabric whilst you were sewing them down – good to know you used glue! I’m going to make a mini for a my Christmas swap partner in my Modern Quilt Guild!

  63. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing tutorial! I will follow your directions to make a mini quilt for a flickr swap SSM 6! Hugs from Brazil!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  64. Sue Atkinson 3 years ago

    I teach patchwork to a few ladies and for Christmas I made them each a Mug Rug with this pattern and just 10 hexagons. They love them.

  65. Author
    nicole 3 years ago

    How fun Sue! So happy to hear you tried out the tutorial and I hope you had a fun time making all of the mug rugs!

  66. Stephanie Murray 3 years ago

    Hi ,, ,wonderful idea thank you for sharing ,, I would love to try this the other way around and put plain hexagons on a print ground ,,, cant wait to start ,,,,,, best wishes Stéphanie

  67. Bethany 3 years ago

    I never really like hexie quilts until I saw this one!! I absolutely love making hexies now and I hope to make a mini quilt for myself soon. 🙂
    Would you be okay if I tried selling one of these minis on etsy? I would of course give you credit for the pattern!

  68. challo 3 years ago

    this ! you are smart in sewing!

  69. rrjane011749 2 years ago

    As a quilting newbie, I was wondering if it hurts anything to leave the stitching in the back of the hexies . Seems like the hexies, if stitched like your Modern Hexie Quilt, would hold up better when washed.

  70. Luci 2 years ago

    What a fabulous hexie tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Does this work just as well with making a large quilt? Or, would you suggest keeping to this method for mini-quilts & pillows only?

  71. Anna 2 years ago

    I love working with hexies . I will try your technique . I have something in mind with your tutorial . I’ll let you know later how it works out .

  72. Heather 2 years ago

    I am just coming across this tutorial and LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I have a question, in the past I have had trouble with iron on fabric fusion causing needle troubles and, for lack of a better term, gucking up my needles on my machine. Does this fabric glue you used cause the same trouble? I can’t wait to start cutting. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  73. Corky 2 years ago

    I hate to mention that you left out a critical step (for clarification, we’ll call it step 3b). After step 3 is completed, do not let your cat jump up on the table. Ask me how I know that this is an important step.

    Cutest hexagon project ever! Thanks.

  74. Gabe Fisher 2 years ago

    I am making a queen sized top out of 2″ hexies but now my daughter wants it made into a duvet instead. Any instructions,?

  75. Author
    nicole 2 years ago

    Hi Gabe, You might sew around each hexie if this is going to be used as a duvet cover instead of sewing through the points and across the hexagon. It will make it a bit sturdier while washing too. That is quite a large project – I am excited to see it!

  76. Katinka 2 years ago

    Hi Nicole,
    for perfectly understandable reasons you recommend sewing around each hexie if the quilt is going to be washed repeatedly. However, I do so love the look of sewing through the points that I am desperate to find a way of combining this look with some other method that will make my quilt sturdy enough to go into the washing machine.
    Do you (or anyone reading this) have ideas?
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful designs and tutorials!
    Katinka (from Germany)

  77. Susan Coombs 2 years ago

    This is great. I myself don’t like making the hexies but I have a stash of them that my sister made before she passed away.
    Now I can put them to good use. Thank you.

  78. Author
    nicole 2 years ago

    I hope you enjoy the process Susan, and what a special way to use something your sister worked on. I enjoy making these as wall hangings, might be something special to hang in the house to remember her by. 🙂

  79. Suzanne 2 years ago

    Instead of the gluing etc. Could I “line” the hexies by sewing around two layers of fabrics and cut a slit to turn? Would this method be more stable to wash? I love your quilting technique and the look of your quilt with white in the background! I’m not much for hand putzing 🙂

  80. dana 2 years ago

    I’ve begun my first hex quilt. This is inspiring!!

  81. Peggy 6 months ago

    I may have missed this, but do you remove the paper pattern piece after you finish making each hexi, and before you quilt it?


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