I’ve had hexagons on the brain lately. I'm in the process of preparing for my Sewing Summit class I’m team teaching with Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts. I was excited with Ali asked me to participate in her Festival of Hexagons because it fit perfectly with a tutorial I was already planning to provide for all the attendees of my class.
- Cut the beginning rectangle to the recommended size.
- Fold in half along the long side. Finger press.
- Place ruler along the corner of the of the fold with the 60 degree line along the fold. Cut from the very point of the fold to the upper edges. Repeat with the other side without moving the fabric.
- Open the hexagon and check accuracy of all sides and diameters before cutting many hexagons. Make sure that each side and diameter is nearly the same.
- Don't forget to save the scraps! The extra triangles make perfect half-rectangle triangles. This technique works best with larger hexagons.
- Although I've provided measurements for smaller hexagons, when cutting smaller hexagons (under 6” or so) for machine piecing I would still recommend using templates or an acrylic ruler for better accuracy.
For smaller hexagon templates, feel free to download this pdf from Google Docs I created in Photoshop. There are two pages for this template and provide hexagons from a 3" diameter up to an 8.5" diameter. Just trace them onto template plastic to make your own hexagon templates.
If you have a 60 degree ruler, I did find this video tutorial via a post from Little Bluebell that will help you out when cutting hexagons from strips.
Don't forget to enter your hexagon project into the Festival of Hexagons. There are some great prizes! Also, check out all the other great posts!
Saturday, Aug. 25