Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quilting With Hexagons

In geometry, a hexagon is a polygon with six edges and six vertices. In nature, it appears in honeycombs, in a turtle's carapace, on the North pole of the planet Saturn, in the micrograph of a snowflake, and in the naturally formed basalt columns form Giant's Causeway in Ireland.

A hexagon is the only shape that will fit inside of a six sided star or Saturn star (also known as Magan's (Magen's, Mogan's) Star, which is considered the most powerful symbol in the occult. And by the occult, I mean that which has hidden energies not obvious to the human eye, not something that is necessarily evil. However, it comes as no surprise that we talk of 'putting a hex' on others in regards to magical incantations of ill omen. And thus, the hexagon has often been used throughout history and through timed as a carrier of these magical energies.

However, on the flip side, all energies also carry their reverse or polar opposite within, so it also no surprise that the Magan, or Mogan Star can also become the most beautiful of shapes long been held in high esteem by those who love fiber art handicrafts of all kinds.

And, when you connect alternate points of a hexagon, it gives you a hexagram, or a six pointed star, usually called the Star of in the Magen David star quilt, shown above.

Double Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern English Paper Piecing 1 Inch Hex Triple Ring Flower Pattern
English Paper Piecing 1 Inch Hex Triple Ring Flower Pattern FREE to Download
Six circles will fit around a seventh (of the same diameter) dividing the circumference into six equal parts, and the radius of a circle exactly divides into the circumference into six parts creating the six petaled rose we so often see in quilts.

Diamond Triple Ring Quilt Pattern English Paper Piecing 1 Inch Hex Diamond Double Ring Pattern

Diamond Triple Ring Quilt Pattern Diamond Triple Ring Quilt Pattern

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Single Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern

Single Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern FREE to Download

Double Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern

Double Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern FREE to Download Single Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern FREE to Download

Machine sew & flip hexagon tutorial!

Free Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt Pattern With History\

Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFsFree Pattern - English Paper Piecing - Cia's Palette Online Fabric

And watch how Anina over at Twiddletails uses Cia's link to print her templates off on freezer paper and then gives us a free tutorial for that whole process.

Fresh Produce Hexagons Pattern
Fresh Produce Hexagons Pattern FREE to Download

Other fun projects:
Lucy's hexagons.

Hexagon Caterpillar Bookmarks! from Shelly

Projects below:
Hexamania....cutting and tips in general



Christmas Tree Ornament (2)

Christmas Tree Ornaments

First Hexabag

First Hexabag (2)

First Hexabag (alt. color)

Folded Hexagon

Hexabag - Easy Does It (1)

Hexabag - Easy Does It (2)

Hexabag - Easy Does It (3)

Hexabag - On the Go (1)

Hexabag - On the Go (2)

Hexabag - Spring Fever (1)

Hexabag - Spring Fever (2)

Hexabag - Up, Up and Away

Hexapin (1)

Hexapin (2)

Pin Cushion (2)

Pot Holder


(more fun links for projects at bottom of post!)

Honeycomb version spacing...
Hexagonal PDF Generator

Hexagonal Graph Paper Preview

English Paper Piecing Stars Quilt Design Sheet Pattern
The variations of hexagonal shapes is endless, especially when combined with triangles, polygons, or other geometric shapes.

English Paper Piecing Finishing Methods Pattern

English Paper Piecing Finishing Methods Pattern FREE to Download

Free Hexagon Printables from Moxy, below:
Also check out her site for lots of other fun informtion:

english paper piecing « *Snippets and Blabbery and her tutorial on ~hand-sewn hexagons~

free template sheets to download, also from Moxy:

3/4 in. hexagon sheet

7/8 in. hexagon sheet

1 in. hexagon sheet

1.5 in. hexagon sheet

1.5 in. triangle sheet

However!  If you want spacing and you will need's a fabulous set of hints for creating your own A4 sized paper hexagon pattern..for free!

Other fun links:
Sunshine Creations Tutorial on English Paper Piecing
Hexagon Tutorial by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville
How to Make a Hexagon Quilt
Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt, Honeycomb & Hexagon Quilts
Quilting The Kaye Wood Way - Hexagons
Hexagon Medallion Quilt
Art or Liberated quilters! Free hexie quilt download project from Quilting Arts and
Free Patchwork Quilt Project #3 Mini Hexagon Quilt by Malka Dubrawsky


Shown above:
Hand sewn, hand quilted, old fashioned hexagon diamonds quilt undergoing airing. Keep quilts out of the sun...or air under plain sheets , either hanging or sandwiched flat on the ground to avoid creases or sun damage when you air them!

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  1. I have just found your site!
    Its fantastic!!!!!
    I was never going to quilt as my mum was a quilter and it was her "thing" and I didnt think I would be able to anyway. But friends have induced me into patchwork and I am just LOVING it. I have finished my first quilt and evn thugh I am sure its not technically very sound - I am so proud of it. I have just started Grandmas garden in the paper piecing and am enjoyng doing it. Bit frightened though with all the info available I wont have time to sew after I finish all the reading!!!!
    Thanks so much for your lovely site
    Chris O

  2. What a prodigious post! Thorough and enlightening, as usual. :- )

  3. Anonymous6:13 AM

    Oh my gosh! This is exactly what I have been looking for! I should have come looking here first. You always offer so much to everyone.

  4. I think I just read on Bonnie Hunter's blog a few days ago that she found someone who was punching the hexagon shapes using a scrapbooking punch. Who would have thought? That way you can recycle those annoying cards that are always stuck inside our quilting magazines!

  5. Thank you for this, Michelle...wonderful links as usual and so inspiring.

  6. Wow Michele,
    I have often heard the expression putting the hex on someone but did not realize where is came from - Great post with lots of terrific patterns- I am not much of a hand quilt person so it was nice to see an alternative for making one- Would be time consuming for a large quilt- I do so admire grandmother's flower garden quilts but not sure I have the patience to create one.
    Thanks for the kind words on my current post- You are such a thoughtful writer. Your words are much appreciated.
    Warmest regards,

  7. WOW girl...what a great post!! I have a blogger who asked me about doing hexies....I will give her this link and send her over...just about anything she might want to know is right here!! THANKS!!

  8. Great post! Since your links to my templates just download the templates directly, please put a link to my blog,, somewhere. Thanks!

    Maybe you can say "Free Hexagon printables from Moxy:"


  9. Neat, thanks! I love hexagons and six-pointed stars, so this is great!


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