Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On the Design Wall: Hexagon Crush


Lookie, I've got big, chunky hexagons on my design wall.  My friend Bari introduced me to this super easy hexagon technique.  It's great because you can make your hexagons any size you want... even 6".  I want to show you how I went about cutting into my Innocent Crush fat quarters.

1) Fold your Fat Quarter in half with the selvage along the top.  Cut one 6" strip.

**I'm making a lap sized quilt.  I cut two 6" strips from each fat quarter in the bundle.  This will give me 132 hexagons and extra scraps to play with later. w00t!**

2) Open your strip and refold it in half lengthwise.  The fold goes at the bottom.


3) Line up your ruler (like in the video below) and cut on either side of your ruler.





4) Keep lining up your ruler and cut down the strip.


5) Unfold your pieces and look... hexagons! Easy right?
6) Playing with leftovers...
7) This is the only ruler I could find locally.  It worked great!

Enter to win an Innocent Crush bundle.  Then you could make your own Hexagon Crush quilt.  : )


And without further ado... take it away Kaye Wood

26 comments:

  1. What a mad, mad, mass of marvelous colors and patterns!

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  2. Holy cow I love the hexagons and of course never in a million years would have thought up a better way to cut them...... thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a great way to cut 'em!

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  4. Wow, that looks so easy! The last "easy" hexagon tutorial I saw had you cutting half a hexagon and sewing down the middle, which just doesn’t give the same look.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I agree, what an easy way to cut hexagons. Thank you and Kaye Wood for the great tip. Would love to add some Crush to my stash.

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  6. Thanks for sharing the technique - I've never tried that before and it looks almost like magic!

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  7. I love this! I love the big hexies! A great way to show off those larger prints too! thanks for sharing the video too!

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  8. WOW!!! I have a serious Hexy Crush - those fabrics look just stunning! Thanks so much for this post :)

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  9. You are probably confused. I think I am confusing myself by going back and forth between your blog and FB. So, did you actually try this method? How do you like it? Where did you get the ruler?

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  10. I like this *A LOT*! Are you going to machine stitch them together?

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  11. Thanks everyone for the hexie love. If you make some send me a pic. I'd love to see!

    @Rae I agree about the half hexagons. They chop up the big scale prints too much. This is a little more work, but totally worth it!

    @ Jaye, so far this method is quick and easy. I got the ruler locally at The Granary in Sunnyvale. You can read more about the ruler here: http://shop.online-quilting.com/shop/tools.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=28&category_id=2 Any 60 degree ruler would work. Just make sure it says 60 degrees and make sure it has a pointy tip. You don't want a shortcut blunt topped triangle ruler. Trust me. *grins*

    @Geogia, I am going to machine stitch them. That's the next step. Wish me luck! : )

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  12. Thanks for sharing this fab technique! I am already thinking about what fabric to pull from the stash!

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  13. great info, I've been wanting to do a large hex quilt of some sorts (after seeing it in a stitch in dye's book). love the innocent crush. :)

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  14. This ( hexy technique ) looks fantastic .... thanks for posting about it.
    The quilt will be so good !!

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  15. I wanted to try this and my hexagons aren't coming out symmetrical! I'll show you on Sat.

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  16. Jaye pointed me to your blog and has now informed me I must make hexagons. Must. Although Jaye can be quite intimidating when she gets her quilty dander up, after reading your blog that she linked me to, I can see that she's got a point. Your explanations and the link to Kaye's video make it look pretty straightforward! So the hexie adventure begins. I'm podcasting about it at www.quiltingfortherestofus.com.

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  17. What a great idea!
    Now we can all make hexy quilts!
    Thanks

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  18. What a clever idea! And I love the bright colors!

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  19. What a clever idea! I love the bright colors!

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  20. How easy and fast,would love to try it.Bookmarked for sure.

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  21. How fast and easy,bookmark it.Thanks.

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  22. Kaye Wood was way ahead of her time--thanks for giving her some credit. The crush colours are fabulous!

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  23. Did you ever finish this quilt? I just finished my top except for the trimming. I hope to get the back and trimming done today so it is ready for quilting. I had better get off the computer and get busy!

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