Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hexing Around Block


Um, blogging break? What blogging break? Of course, I said I'm taking a blogging break, and now here I am posting a full-fledged block tutorial. You knew I couldn't stay away, didn't you?

But June is my month as quilter for the Love Circle of Do. Good Stitches, and I changed my plan for the quilt at the last minute, and the new plan requires a block tutorial ... and here we are. I'm calling this the "Hexing Around" block. Enjoy, whether you are in the Love Circle or not.

Hexing Around Block
This 12.5" square log-cabin-style hexagon block is fun and easy to piece.

1. First, download my template for the center hexagon here. Click the printer icon in the upper left corner of the screen to print it, or download the original. In the printer dialogue box that comes up, be sure to un-click the box that says "Fit to Page." This is very important for the hexagon to print at the correct size! When printed at actual size, the hexagon should be 2.75" high (from flat edge to flat edge).

UPDATED 2/24/14: I think somebody must have just linked to this (rather old) tutorial, because suddenly I'm being inundated with requests for people to email me this template. You guys, I apologize, but I can't spend all day individually emailing this template to everybody. Google Docs works, I promise. I just tried it myself and very easily printed it out. Click the link above, and then find the little printer icon in the upper left corner. Then, when the printer dialogue box comes up, just un-click "Fit to Page." Thank you!

2. Use the template to cut out a hexagon for the center of your block. The template includes seam allowance, so no need to add for that.

3. Now cut 1.5" wide strips for each side of your center hexie. Sew two of the strips onto opposite sides of your hexie, as shown. Press seams open.

4. Use the 60-degree angle mark on your ruler to trim the ends of the pieces you just added. Line up the 60-degree angle line with the seam opposite the strip you're trimming.

5. When you're done trimming the ends, you should have a unit that looks like this.

6. Add two more strips to opposite edges of the center hexagon.

7. Trim the ends of these strips by matching up the 1.25" vertical line on your ruler with the seam that runs parallel to the edge you want to trim, and the 60-degree angle mark should line up with the raw edge of the unit, as shown.

8. When you're done trimming, it should look like this.

9. Add your final two strips to opposite sides of the hexagon.

10. Again, trim the ends of the strips in the same way you did the previous two strips. Line up 1.25" mark with a parallel seam, and the 60-degree line with a raw edge of the block.

11. Now your hexagon should look like this, with one complete round of "logs."

12. Cut another set of 1.5" strips and follow the steps above to sew another round of logs around your hexagon, in the same manner as the first.

13. Continue adding logs to make two more rounds. Your completed hexagon should be no more than 12.5" wide, from point to point. If it's more than 12.5", go ahead and trim around the outer edge to bring it down to size. If it's a little less than 12.5" wide, that's okay.

14. From your background fabric (I'm using solid white), cut two 5" x 7" rectangles. Now cut a diagonal line through each rectangle, like so.

15. Sew the background triangles onto the corners of your hexagon, as shown. The triangles will be larger than what you need, but I found it easier to make them too big and then trim down to nice 90-degree corners. Add triangles to all four corners.

16. Trim your block so that it measures 12.5" wide by 11" high. (There should be at least .25" of white background at its narrowest point along each side of the block.)

17. Add 1.5" strips to the top and bottom of your block and trim to 12.5" square.

Thank you, ladies of the Love Circle! Now I'm going back into hiding until Thursday as planned, but I will be reachable by email if you have questions or problems with the block. Have a great holiday.

P.S. In case you're dying for an update on the potty training ... well, it's going. That's about the best I can say at this point. : )

68 comments:

Jessica said...

I love it!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I like this hexie block and tutorial, very nice.

Cari said...

I love this block! I'll be trying it soon. I'm trying the potty training thing with a the most stubborn child I have ever met! He's 3 1/2 and refuses to train!

diane said...

this is right up my alley and love this block. Can't wait to try it. thanks for the tutorial

Kylie Lloyd said...

What a great Block. I love hexagons and this just adds to my addiction. Can't wait to try it out.

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

I like the block but I LOVE the fabrics you put together.

Tammy said...

Fantastic Hexagon. I'm going to try that tomorrow. Potty Training: you just have to let it go. Kids will be ready when they are ready. As long as there are no physical problems, it will happen. We always think kids need to be on some schedule with when we think things should happen. Don't stress. It will all be okay. :-)

Jenniffier said...

Lee, That is a great block. Thanks for adding another to do to my list :)

Tammy said...

Can't seem to download your pdf of the template???

Kati said...

So cute! I might have to do this for my Heather Ross fabric!

Lee said...

Tammy, try downloading it again. I had to set it as "public" and it is now. If it still doesn't work, let me know your email address and I will send it to you (you're a no-reply blogger, so I can't reply to your comments!)

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Awesome block!

Tammy said...

Lee, got it. Thanks. I didn't know I was set on "no reply." I think I've changed that; "can ya see me now?"

LynCC said...

LOVE IT!! I must add this to my tutorial list. :)

traceyjay said...

great block... and continued good luck. ;)

Patchwork and Play said...

Great block- another for the 'to-do' list!

Flying Blind... said...

As horrendous as it might all feel - I don't remember potty-training my son (he's only 6 now), but the twins were another story; deeply engraved in my brain!! Good luck.

Great block x

Jane said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I like that block a lot!

AnneMarie said...

Great block Lee! I've added the tute to the Block Library on GXQ.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

COOL! I love it, thanks for the tutorial!

Elizabeth D. said...

Awesome block!! I totally want to make a whole quilt with this block now!!! :) BTW, good luck with the potty training business!

Jessica said...

Great block! Thanks so much for another awesome tutorial Lee!

Patti said...

Thanks for a great tutorial. I've been wondering what to work on next( I'm a newbie quilter!) and I think I can do this.I just got some Tula Pink fabric that might work for this. I'm trying to picture a fussy cut frog!!

BendingPins said...

Thanks for the tutorial, this looks like it's going to be my next fun project!

Anita said...

That is so cool, thank you so much for sharing!

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

This looks fun and easy thanks to your great tutorial. Thanks Lee.
Fingers crossed that the potty training clicks soon!

Staci said...

Very nice tutorial, thank you. I'm going to pull out some scraps and try it this week! I need to make a bee block, and I think this would be a great pattern to use.

merumo said...

What a pretty block!! I love it! Thank you for another great tutorial. Hope the potty training is going ok...

Melinda said...

Love it! Glad you took a potty training break to share!

VickiT said...

AWESOME! LOVE Hexies and the Log Cabin block so this is just perfect. Thank you so much.

Continued luck on the potty training. I still have nightmares over that and my twins. HA

Anonymous said...

This is a great tutorial. And as for potty training, with my youngest I was forced to bribe her with single smarties.

suesinger said...

I have never seen the corners finished this way. Love it.
Sue

quirky granola girl said...

thanks for a great tutorial! it is on my ever-growing list of blocks to try :)

Mitzi said...

Love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

I just fell in love with this tutorial!! I am an avid English paper piecing guru, now I can sew a Hexagon on the sewing machine! woo hoo Kudo's to you
Linda J
VA
LJeterpudd@aol.com

Barbara said...

I love it!

Staci said...

I tried it today!
http://theconfusedquilter.blogspot.com/2011/05/so-i-should-be.html

Good Luck! Potty Training and Chicken Pox were my two least favorite parenting things-

Pauline said...

Oh my, I think I've just found a new addiction. And it's all Staci's fault! She sent me here. She made me come here and now I've seen hers and yours and want to make some too. LOL

Toilet training? Hmm, thankfully it's a distant memory.

Karenkay said...

Oh I just love this block...thank you!

Teje said...

Thank you!!! I was thinking to make 1 hexy with white around (can't think joining hexies together by hand now) to make it square - great idea to make it log cabin! Thank you for a perfect idea - I think this is going to be my future quilt!

Jana said...

You make it seem so easy. Thank you for that.
I LOVE the fabrics you have chosen. I am putting this one on my TO MAKE list.

Svetlana said...

what a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing.

ayumills said...

Oh this is a great block again! You come up with such awesome blocks, Lee! Thanks for sharing :)

beachiesews said...

This is so nice...I made a really nice looking mug rug with this. Thanks!

Simone de Klerk said...

Beautiful. Thanks a lot!

Ruth said...

Love this tutorial! I found you via Greenleaf Goods! I'll be subscribing from now on!

Katie said...

I love the block & thanks for the tutorial.

Mickey said...

Love the block. You make it simple. Thank you!!! I love your color choices too. Nice & bright.

Sanne said...

wunder-wunderschön!

very nicely, so cute, just so beautiful!

please more!

you gave us a wonderful idea, thank you!!

Kathrin Kurth said...

Great, just great !!

Thanks a lot for this Inspiration, Hugs from Switzerland, Kathrin

Silvinha said...

great idea i love it

http://tearpiaocupacional.blogspot.com/

thecraftnest said...

Would this work (without a lot of modifications), using different size hexagons for the the center? I'm thinking especially of the Accuquilt hexagon dies ...

Iara Barros said...

Lindo trabalho ,adorei e já copiei .Obrigado

Erinn said...

I've loved your hexagon so much I've used it several times over the past month to make coasters and table centers as gifts for my friends, who always seem in awe of it! Thanks for making it!

Manda said...

Lee, are you pressing seams, or just adding rows?

Manda said...

Nevermind. I see "press seams open" :)

Glenda said...

Thanks so much for this information. I inherited a box full of the hexagons from my mother, but I had no idea how to put them together to make a quilt. Just add triangles! See, I know nothing about quilting and have no imagination, lol.

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creadientje said...

Thank you for your great tutorial! I used it making a mug rug for a spring swap http://wp.me/pK2DW-Bp

AZQuilter said...

I love this block. My favorite blocks are log cabin so this is just wonderful.... Where do I get the PDF file?

Sarah said...

Hexagons without paper piecing!! YAYAYAYAYAYA. Thanks so much. I'm in love. This is happening big time!

Cathy said...

Hello, I made your block today and just have to say how fab it is. Thank-you

Sandy W said...

Love This Hexy!!! Can't Wait to get started!!

Trepmom said...

Hi. I just found your tutorial and made this hexie block today with a Fig Tree jellyroll in Tapestry. It turned out great - a little lopsided (I think I made a wrong cut somewhere) but it will look great on my sofa pillow. Thanks so much for the tutorial. You made it seem really straightforward and easy and took a lot of the fear out of it. And I'm new to quilting so that's saying a lot. You do beautiful works of art. Thanks for sharing!

Moonwishes said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!

Reena said...

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com put your link on FB-that's probably why you are getting so many hits. I bought some precut hexies by Moda and I will try it with those- so very cute and fun. Thanks for sharing!

Sewing So Slowly said...

Just a quick note. I was able to print directions for block with no problem but unable to print template because no little printer in upper left corner. Fortunately you gave desired hexagon measurement so I'm off to make a template and try the block. You were correct that this was recently featured as it was on Quiltville site.

melladh said...

4*8 instead of 5*7 seems to give the white triangles the correct angle - the current angle makes me nervous it'll chop a corner when trimming :)

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