Intermittent Inspiration: Hexagon Quilts

The march toward more handwork and less machinework continues. While collecting patchwork inspiration a few days ago, I was drawn (and who wouldn’t be!?) to this little pincushion made by duniris.

Duniris's hexagon pincushion

It took my breath away and I have since stared at it for what seems like hours.

I have always enjoyed looking at hexagon patchwork, but never got too far beyond lamely wondering how it was done. Well, it turns out that the only good way is by hand — cutting, piecing, and stitching them together with needle and thread.

Well, then there was no stopping me. Look at all the delicious hexagon inspiration to be had.

Intermittent Inspiration: Handpieced Hexagons

What about you? Have you ever done hexagons or other hand quilting?


  1. yum…i love it all!

    Comment by Sarah — 2 March 2009 @ 7:50 pm

  2. Hi, I’m planning to do a part-hexagon quilt soon. I was hoping to be able to do it by machine, but if it needs to be by hand, so be it. In your searching, did you come across any instructions/tips and tricks for hexagon quilts? I want to recreate a soccerball, so I need to combine hexagons with pentagons,… tricky, but exciting. I like your blog and check frequently. I’d love it if you visited my blog, I just started it a week ago (but back-blogged to get the time line straight).

    Cheers, Christine

    Comment by Christine — 4 March 2009 @ 12:00 pm

  3. @Christine: Here are some links to tutorials that I have found helpful:

    Traditional English Paper Piecing as described by sunshinescreations works for me
    AJPadilla explains how to use paper piecing with freezer paper
    Thimbleblossoms who stitches through the paper (though I don’t recommend this)
    Pananani who uses glue stick for basting
    And allbuttonedup, who doesn’t use basting at all!

    Comment by Mal — 5 March 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  4. What yummy eye candy!!! I haven’t done any hexagons yet but I am soooo drawn to them and really want to one day. That pincushion is just edible!

    Comment by Melly — 7 March 2009 @ 1:24 am

  5. @Melly: If you like them, they are quickly addictive! I’d love to see them when you try them.

    Comment by Mal — 9 March 2009 @ 7:25 am

  6. I am thinking of making a hexagonal pattern baby quilt, do you have any ideas of how to lay out the pattern

    Comment by Kathleen — 19 August 2010 @ 10:51 am

  7. I am almost finished my 1-inch hexagon quilt top. I’ve been working on it for almost 2 years, taking a break from time to time to work on other projects such as cross stitch and crochet. I must say it is quite enjoyable. I love the convenience of being about to carry it with me no matter where I go, until recently when I have actually started to put the flowers and the fill in sections together. Now, it’s big enough for a king size bed. This is my first quilting project. I quite anxious over how I’m going to actually get the top, batting and back put together as I’ve never seen it done nor do I know anyone who has quilted for a long time. BUT, I made it this far and I’m sure I’ll see it throught to finish my quilt. I have taken a fine liking to quilting and hope to persue many more projects.

    Comment by Patti M — 9 June 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  8. Hello, I am crazy aboout cross stitch and being so many years of them I just cant get enough of it but recently saw a lot of hand sew quilt and decide to give it a try cos I got lot of textiles big enough for that. And I seem so mny beautiful deigns . Hope that i can give it a try. Thanks for all the beautiful designs.

    Comment by Rose Ngo — 9 August 2011 @ 1:26 am

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