Tutorial–How to Make a Large Pieced Hexagon

How to Make a Pieced Hexagon, quilts, TUTORIALS

I have had several ask me how do I make this new hexagon that I showed the other day so I thought while I was piecing one I would take photos to give a step by step.  It was felt by some that there are too many pieces and they wouldn’t feel comfortable making it.  What makes it doable is breaking it down into sections.

Of course first you start with your pattern – I am using Inklingo but there are of course other patterns – you could even design your own.  You could do this English Paper Piece method of course also – but we all know that I hand piece so that is the way I am showing.

First of course cut out your pieces.  I like to lay my patterns out on a felt covered sandpaper board because I am visual and that is how I keep it straight in my head of what piece goes where – you do this as you want of course.  I also break it up into sections.  This is just how I do it.

I start by putting the center star together and line them up in sections, each part of the star is with the elongated hexagon that it will be sewed with.


I pin one side of the star to the hexie as shown here – sew this section – either by hand as I do or by machine if that is what you prefer.


Slide the needle through the seam


Carefully fold the point over and pin in place to sew the opposite side down.


Do that with each piece and finger press – I was using my flash and should have shut it off so it is just a little washed out looking on my computer – maybe not on yours?


Now I have sewn the three sections of the star together – when you break it down into sections it goes easily and quickly really.


Then the next sections I sew the white pieces onto each elongated hexagon and then those sections are ready to put in place.


Woops forgot to take a photo of that step Smile – well you do one side at a time of course and slide the needle through the seam and then the next.  Do all three and you have your fancy pieced hexagon!


Easy, Peasy right!  Any other questions just ask-I’m always willing to walk you through it if I can.

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8 comments… add one
  • Sakae Yoshihara Mar 18, 2013

    Very difficult Hexagon!
    You have wonderful skill. 🙂
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  • Cathi Mar 18, 2013

    That is a fabulous star! Which size of diamonds did you use?
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  • Vivian Mar 18, 2013

    Love the fabric you used for this hexie. It looks like it would probably be easier to hand piece than to machine piece this block.
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  • Debra Mar 18, 2013

    I love hand piecing. I don’t do much but I love it. It is so much easier to be accurate and so relaxing.
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  • CJ Tinkle Mar 19, 2013

    What a great tutorial Karen, thank you for putting it together!
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  • Nedra Mar 19, 2013

    Thanks for the tutorial, Karen. I’m always interested when I see you piece blocks by hand.
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  • Cindy Jun 23, 2014

    I love hand quilting especially when we go camping, but would also like to know what sizes the pieces are that you cut. I’m not good at trying to figure out sizes of pieces from a picture.

  • Barbara Joy Mar 9, 2015

    I wondered how to do this. Did you get the pattern pieces from Inklingo? I would like to try making these.

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