Hexagon Diamond Tutorial

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I have been asked “how do you make your diamonds” they really are quite simple once you get the hang of it.  A lot of people English Paper Piece (EPP) so they are not sure of the regular hand stitching method – I have told you all before that I use Inklingo and I have already run my fabric through the printer and have cut my pieces.  You do not have to use Inklingo though if you do not want to – you can simply trace your hexagon on fabric and mark your seam line – I find Inklingo easier as I can print out a whole sheet of hexagons at one time (I print about 9 to 12 at a time).  I am not paid for saying Inklingo is the way I prefer – I just prefer it.   After I have all of my pieces cut and ready to go putting together one diamond takes me 10 to 15 minutes by hand – by machine? haven’t a clue.  These are one inch hexagons.

So here is a visual tutorial because I learn easier with photos I think it might help you too.

Pick out 8 hexagons of the same color and 1 hexagon that is different for the center – you want the center to really stand out more so make sure it is a different color

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Pin the intersections if you want to – you don’t really need to do this part if you do not want to – this is one inch.  Sometimes I use no pins at all.

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Do a simple running stitch – if you wish take a back stitch half way through.

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Pin your second of this color to the top and stitch again

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then on to the next side – for the pesky Y seam simply fold the first one in half like you see on the right side – that will keep the seam in place. Never stitch past the seam intersection or you will create little puckers at the seams.

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Now you have two of the peach color attached.

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Add another and round and round you go

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Another Y seam

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Now we have the full hexagon flower that is very familiar to all.  Now to make this a diamond shape hold as I am holding – the seam is pointing up.  In this Y section you will add another hexagon.

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Two seams and it is in place – now add one to the bottom

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Bring to the ironing board or pressing mat – I am not fussy about my pressing – some twirl the seams just so at the intersections – I do not – I just want them flat.

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Like this – I do them (all the hexies I am doing) all the same.

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I laid it on a piece of white cloth as that ironing board cover is very distracting!

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And the back

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I hope this pictorial tutorial will be handy to some – I am a visual learner and photos always help me – I hope it helped you too Smile  Now I think I have about a 170 more to go!

7 comments… add one
  • Nedra Aug 25, 2013

    I am a visual learner, too, so thanks for the pics and nice tutorial. The first quilt I made was a Grandmother’s Flower Garden and I made it the traditional way with EPP. You’ve given us another great option using Inklingo
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  • Carolyn Aug 25, 2013

    Thanks for sharing. I’m currently finishing up the Grandmothers Double Diamond EPP block of the month quilt. FYI, there are a bunch of free hexi patterns available at the Paper Pieces website. Your an inspiration sharing all of the quilting you do.

  • Mary LeClerc Aug 25, 2013

    You’ve probably said before, but what printer do you use?
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  • BillieBee Aug 25, 2013

    This was a great tutorial! Thanks you.
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  • Karen Aug 25, 2013

    Inkjet is needed for printing – I have a HP Deskjet D1660
    thanks all – hope the photos helped some

  • Gina Aug 25, 2013

    I like Inklingo too. Whenever I see you working on your diamonds I m tempted to begin the same project. 🙂
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  • Thimbleanna Aug 26, 2013

    Ahhh, very interesting. That actually seems much easier than all the fuss with EPP. Except for the pressing. I definitely wouldn’t be a fan of the pressing LOL!

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