First you need templates. Mine are 5 1/8" for the large hexagon and 3 1/2" for the smaller one. You can draft these yourself if you want, but I can send you a .pdf file with the exact size templates. Just email me at email@example.com. The templates will look like this
My husband was kind enough to cut me some templates from thick plastic, but even thin plastic templates or just the paper templates would work
Use the small template to cut your focus fabric. This can be anything. I'm doing mine with fussy cut cats, but I've seen this done with Christmas fabrics (how timely), fall fabrics, florals and it is simply elegant done in Asian prints - pick your favorite or just whatever you have scraps of lying around - Scrappy works too!
You will also need to use the small template to cut a hexagon of batting.
|Components of one hexagon block|
|Large hex and batting hex layered|
At this point, I like to pin the three layers together by using a single pin in the center of the hexagons. This keeps the small hexagons centered on the large one while you fold the binding edges over. I start with a single fold bringing the edge of the large hexagon just to the edge of the small hexagon...
|three sides pinned|
|All sides pinned, ready for hand stitching.|
Once the binding is sewn down all the way around, you can quilt as desired. I know since it is, until now, all hand sewn, maybe it should be hand-quilted too. But I'm a machine quilter. I've tried hand-quilting and it's just not for me. I have seen them done both ways and they look great no matter how you do them. Whether by hand or machine, I would quilt about 1/4" inside the binding edge as show below:
Once they are quilted, you can whipstitch them together to make anything you'd like - They make great placemats, tablerunners, tabletoppers, lap quilts. I'm working my way up to a king sized bed quilt. Not sure if I'll ever get there... I may end up with a lapquilt myself.
|30 hexes put together|
What I really love about these is that they make a great take-along project - you can work on them anywhere. They are small, easy to transport, and all you need to bring along is needle and thread, especially if you pin some in advance to bring along on a trip or anywhere you'd have to wait like the doctor's office. Once they are done... they are quilted and bound! When you have connected them, the quilt is done! No sending out to a longarmer... no binding to do... it's DONE! And they are fun to make!
Please don't hesitate to email me for the .pdf of the templates - firstname.lastname@example.org (I would just put a link here to download the .pdf, but I can't figure out how to do that).
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If there are any mistakes, please let me know so I can fix it asap. Thanks, and thanks for dropping by.
Merry merry holiday season to you all.