If you’re intrigued by the hexagon-quilting craze but have yet to take the first steps toward learning how to sew a hexagon quilt, your waiting is about to be rewarded in a new book called Hexagons Made Easy.
These aren’t your grandmother’s hexagon quilts—at least, not when it comes to technique. You can use this fail-proof method for creating any type of hexagon patchwork—traditional, modern, and anything in between. You can still turn out stunning Grandmother’s Flower Garden designs. You simply won’t have to wait nearly as long for your project to reach full bloom.
Today the author of Hexagons Made Easy, Jen Eskridge, will transform any perception that hexagon quilts are tedious and time-consuming. Her simple technique for making hexagons for quilting is a super-speedy alternative to English paper piecing, all with no Y-seams or hand sewing! Learn the quick facing technique Jen uses in a jiffy—try a pot holder, a pillow, or a table runner first, and then move on to larger quilts.
Jen gives you a crazy-quick technique, 18 block designs, 15 projects, and layouts to help you design your own hexagon quilts. Are you ready for Jen to put a hex on you? Read on!
Hi! My name is Jen and I’m the author of Hexagons Made Easy. The book gives you the tools to go forth and create hexagon quilts using a “faced-shape” technique. Plenty of ideas and projects are included for you to make hexagon quilting projects, but really, once you get started you may find that your hexagon (or any shape) inspiration runs amuck.
Once you get the hang of making hexagons with the simple faced-shape technique, you can use your hexagons in many ways. Let’s take a look at two ways to use them: as appliqué motifs and as reversible elements.
When creating hexagons for appliqué, you first have to consider how to turn under all six of those edges and finish with nice, flat corners. In the book I show you how to stitch a facing to the hexagon shape, which, when turned right-side out, creates a hexagon with all the raw fabric edges concealed. You can use the basic facing technique for any shape. There are many tips and tricks in the book to help you be as successful as possible with this method.
The “Hexagon Circle” quilt below is a basic introduction to hexagon placement and machine appliqué. It requires only 12 hexagons. Pretty easy, right? Get your feet wet while making this contemporary quilt that has loads of negative space. This particular wall hanging is great for using up extra 5″ squares from a charm pack or your fabric scraps. I chose to feature a handful of scraps from Anna Maria Horner, left from various other projects.
The idea of reversible shapes came to me after realizing that if I really wanted SUPER quick and EXCEEDINGLY easy hexagon-quilting projects, maybe I should skip a few steps. Now it might be argued that these projects are not quilts, but rather coverlets. That’s fine. You’re right, you got me. They’re coverlets. Could you quilt them? Sure. Will you still have a beautiful, warm blanket to keep or to give as a gift without quilting or binding it? Yep.
For reversible hexagons, you still use the same facing technique to finish all the edges of your hexagons or other geometric shapes. But instead of slashing through the facing to turn the shape right side out, you simply leave a small opening on one straight edge of the shape—and you won’t need to hand stitch it closed. You’ll learn how join shapes, which threads to use, and which fabrics work best for reversible projects.
Hexagons Made Easy showcases 18 different block patterns inspired by Marcia Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache website. Armed with the fabric requirements and directions to make one block, you can make as many blocks in as many styles as you want and use them in any quilt design you dream up. All blocks finish to 15″ square and make up quite quickly using the easy hexagon technique.
3 of the 18 block designs in Hexagons Made Easy
I’ve also provided simple quilt-design layouts to springboard your own hexagon-based quilts. The layouts will help you make successful designs and they include tips on color placement, shape arrangements, and directional blocks.
The blocks are divided into four basic types: single appliquéd hexagons, stacked and appliquéd hexagons, pieced hexagons, and joined and appliquéd hexagons. One of my personal favorites is the snowman wall hanging (below, center). Most hexcellent.
Hexagons Made Easy also includes 16 hexagon quilting motifs, plus methods for drafting your own quilting designs. There’s even a sketch template for you to copy so that you can doodle up some of your own free-motion quilting-design fills.
Thanks for introducing us to your fresh ideas for making hexies, Jen! You can learn more about Jen at her blog, Reanna Lily Designs.
Have you made a hexagon quilt using traditional methods—or have you been hoping for a quicker technique? (Ahem…it’s arrived.) Share your hexagon story in the comments
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Mhairi, who writes:
“I love making paper hexagons. This is the first quilt I ever made at 8 years old so it has a huge significance to me. I only used 7 hexagons on that first project but I did it all myself. Since then I have always had a pile of hexagons that I will eventually sew into a quilt. However – last year this one caught my eye and I would love to make it for my children, although realistically it will probably end up being for my grandchildren by the time I finish it.”
Mhairi, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!