Saturday, March 20, 2010

New to Me: HEXAGONS!

Here's my first meager attempt at 1.5" hexagons! I had to scrounge around my scraps for pieces large enough to use (3.5" squares) but I'm now up to almost 20 finished hexies... they are quite easy to make, and keep my hands nice and busy while watching TV.

Wanna learn more about these darling little six-sided cuties? Check out what Melanie
{Texas Freckles}, Christina {The Sometimes Crafter}, and Ashley (Film in the Fridge) have already shared, including lots of useful tools, tips, and more - Here - Here - and Here.
Also - Melanie started a Flickr Group for a Hexagon Charm Quilt Piece-Along. DO check it out! Can you image making 1,173 (1") hexagons to make a 51" x 61" quilt?! Its mind boggling, but oh so tempting to try!

One thing I did learn: when they say 1" hex or 1.5" hex or what have you... thats the measurement of ONE of the six sides, good to know, eh? I'm making 1.5" hexagons and they're not near as teeny-tiny (aka scary) as I thought they'd be. So off you go! Learn to make these little buggers and you may have a healthy new addiction!

14 comments:

Kristin said...

I started making them last year, and also became addicted. I do it on road trips mostly so my pile very slowly grows. I am aiming for a lap quilt someday!

kim said...

Welcome to the addiction! It is amazing how many you can get done during a TV show!

Stephanie said...

How cute :) This may have to become an on going project that one day will turn into an awesome quilt. Thanks for sharing the links!

Sarah said...

Your hexagons are lovely! Join Texas Freckles' Piece Along! It'd be fun to have you along for the journey. :-)

Evelyn Fields said...

Those are so cute! Good job!

clare's craftroom said...

They look great , I'm looking forward to seeing them all done !

daisysewing said...

Love all the fabrics you used for your hexagons!

Jennifer said...

Cristin--

I made a hex quilt last year using 3" hexagons. You're right; it was a lot of fun and perfect to work on in front of the television.

A tip: http://paperpieces.com/ has die-cut paper pieces in many different shapes and sizes. I wanted to have a million hexagons all ready to go without cutting them myself, so I ordered from there. I think I had 300 in a pack, and I only spent about $20. Well worth it not to have to cut out all those shapes!

corinnea said...

They are addictive... if only it didn't take a million to make something..

The Garden Bell said...

WOW....just popped in to see how you were doing. Hard to believe 38 weeks already.... Love your new hexs.... You are still doing a wonderful job....
Kate - The Garden Bell.

Clare said...

I was tought how to do "patchwork" by my Granny when I was ten - I t was years before I even knew what quilting was but we always did this type of handstitchd work together. When my brither got married she made a double bedspread from her scraps and today I can still look asn see teh dresses I had when I was ten
it is such a perfect hobby. Thre is picuture on my blog!!

duckyhouse said...

Funny you post this, I started making them last week in anticipation for a busy week away from home. I've been sewing them at work during my free time. I've sewing about 17 together so far...still not decided on what they will finish as...pillow? table runner? the ideas are limitless.

whatktmadenext said...

These look great! And they make for such great photos!

I started on some uber teeny-tiny hexagons a while back but it was just too fiddly for me. But I like the hexagon idea so think I might give it another go, but with slightly bigger hexes.

beautifulladybird said...

These look great! I especially like the one you pieced together in the last picture. Thanks for posting the resources. Hope you are feeling well and getting ready for your little one. I enjoy seeing your new posts!