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


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.


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


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


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.


Now you have two of the peach color attached.


Add another and round and round you go


Another Y seam





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.


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



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.


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


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


And the back


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!

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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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