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interesting secondary pattern - hexagons   General Discussion

Started Jan-28 by Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3); 1700 views.

I ran across this and thought the secondary design was fun.  It looks to me like interwoven strips (red triangle outline) but it's actually made up of a simple Hexagon made from two strips (blue outline).

I found the pattern at here:

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


That is eye boggling!    There is hardly anything simpler than sewing two half-hexagons together to make a whole hexagon.  But I don't think I ever would have thought to make those halves in completely different fabrics .... and THEN ... to smoosh them all together .. at wildly different angles, to boot!   

I've seen patterns where they tout an "easy" method of sewing hexagons together (normally that would involve a massive amount of Y seams) by sewing rows of half-hexagons together .. but .. careful placement of all the half-hexagons results in a single fabric whole hexagon once the rows are aligned and sewn together.  You get the look of whole hexagons by sewing straight seams!

Although I can see some straight line seams in your sample pictures,  the hexagons are tilted in different directions from each other!  Holy moley ... talk about a jumble!

Hmmmm .... in taking longer to look at it, I kinda think your red outilned triangle is the better method, eventhough you'd be doing that dreaded Y seam.  I think the assembly of head-to-toe triangles would be just a WHOLE lot easier than topsy-turvy hexagons.

What do you think about the assembly part?

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


they are not topsy-turvy to me...

instead of hexie flowers...make units of three hexagons with the seam on the half hexagons meeting in the center...join those units together and you get this pattern...

hmm, I was thinking you'd assemble the hexies 1st.  but you are right you could do the triangle made with 3 pieces then strip piece them.  It is honestly really  hard to even see the hexies.  I think that is what appealed to me.  "not your grandmothers flower garden" hA.

Actually looking at it again, you could even machine stitch the hexi fabric with the center seam, then make your hexies.  hmmm.

I also thought of piecing the triangle first with random fabrics, and then sewing them in strips.  That seems the easiest to me for some reason.  

you could even machine strip piece the fabric to make the center seam for the hexis.

CC (ccase5)

From: CC (ccase5)


Wow!! I love that. printed the pic out for future reference. thanks much.

From: latterberry


what a lovely scrap buster.  I think I would put the three hexies into a triangle then sew the triangles together.  Seems a bit easier to me, but I wonder if I can still do that dreaded y seam.  

CC (ccase5)

From: CC (ccase5)


I laid out my small hexagon template and drew around it. Did it wrong of course. had to turn one and draw again and there it was -a large triangle. yes!!!

I'm wondering if one could use the Missouri Star Quilt Company half-hexie templates.  They come in 2 sizes for precuts, for 10-inch squares and 5-inch squares.  So, if you wanted any other size, you would have to draft your own.  I'm going to try it with one of those templates (once I find them) and see if it will work.  Not sure if you could get other sizes for Accucut - I don't have one myself.  (My sister is a new Cricut owner, and she's driving me crazy, saying I need one to fabric, because you can cut any size you want.  But while I was visiting her in December, we played with her Cricut, and it has a pretty steep learning curve.  And from what I can tell, I could cut out pieces for several quilt blocks with my rotary cutter before she could cut out ONE piece with her Cricut.  But she is not a sewer or quilter - she uses hers to cut vinyl pieces as decals for glass blocks, tiles, etc.)  I would buy an Accucut before I would buy a Cricut.    

Anyway, the half-hexi template: