There are a few different methods that can be used to make a hexagon quilt, including English paper piecing and piecing half hexagons, but this method is my favourite for a few reasons. First, as the hexagons are not made from two pieces of fabric, but a single piece, this allows for fussy cutting and showing the fabric to it’s best advantage. Second, using rectangles instead of triangles for the background and then squaring up the block allows for quick chain piecing requiring less accuracy, which works for me. Third, the top is entirely machine pieced. While I like EPP, it takes a long time for me to finish a project this way.
To ensure perfect hexagon pieces, I used the Jaybird Quilts Hex N More ruler.
This quilt measures 35″ x 42″ and is made from the Heartwood fabric line by Makower UK, with Free Spirit Designer Solid in “Mist” used for the background. I think this pattern would look amazing made with an ombré effect, or super scrappy, it’s pretty versatile.
Since I made this quilt for my newborn son, I wanted it to be soft and light, so I skipped the batting and used an organic knit wide width fleece fabric for the backing. If you have never tried this I highly recommend it for this type of snuggly yet airy result.
Along with the typical quilting and sewing supplies, you will require a Hex N More ruler for this tutorial.
- 9 fat quarters for hexagons (for this quilt as shown)
- 1 3/4 yards of background fabric (for this quilt as shown)
- 1 1/4 yards of wide knit backing fabric (for this quilt as shown)
- 1/4 yard for binding (one FQ cut on straight of grain used for this quilt)
- Cut hexagon fabric into 4 1/2″ strips, and then subcut into 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles; 90 rectangles total for this size of quilt.
- Using the Hex N More ruler, cut 4 1/2″ hexagons out of the rectangles.
- Cut background fabric into 3 1/2″ strips, and then subcut into 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles; 360 total for this size of quilt.
- Sew two background fabric rectangles onto opposing sides of a hexagon, right sides together, with a 1/4″ seam. Press seams toward hexagon.
- Sew two background fabric rectangles onto opposing sides of the hexagon again, right sides together, with 1/4″ seam. Press seams toward background fabric. Press unit flat.
- Trim edges of background rectangles so unit measures 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, the same size as the original main fabric rectangle.
- Repeat steps 4-6 for the remaining hexagons, chain piecing for efficiency.
- Using a design board or the floor, lay out blocks as desired with points of hexagons touching. Rows will be uneven to produce this effect.
- Sew blocks together in rows, taking care to match points of hexagons. Inserting a pin through the point of both blocks, and then pinning along the sewing edge helps with accuracy. Sew right sides together with a 1/4″ seam. Press seams open.
- Sew rows together, taking care to maintain “on point” orientation of hexagons to produce the pattern. Ensure accuracy by pinning seams together. Press seams as desired.
- Press quilt top from the right side.
- Trim overhanging rows and square up quilt top to measure 35″ x 42″.
- Cut knit backing fabric to 39″ x 46″ and baste, brushed side facing out.
- Using desired thread and a walking foot, stitch alongside one row of seams about 1/4″, using the presser foot edge as a guide. Repeat on each seam line, on both sides to achieve the intersecting diagonal pattern shown.
- Bind quilt as desired.
- Find a cute baby to snuggle!