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Basic Hexagon Quilting – Tutorial

March 12, 2009 /
hexagon quilting

Hope you have had a wonderful time sewing and I am doing a bit of hexagon quilting (English paper piecing) during the weekend for a project. I learned this English Paper Piercing from my mom and we have made a few blankets for our family since young, all hand-sewn with love!!!

Can you guess what I making with this lock of hexagon quilting? I am not telling what it is, you got to guess. Some photos here should give you a great hint!!! I will post up the finished piece, so come back later to check out. 

Since I am doing it, I photographed the steps just to show you the process to make blocks of hexagon quilting.

How To Sew Hexagon Quilt Block

english paper piercing

First, you need to cut out the hexagon shape cardboards and fabrics of your choice. The size of the fabric must be big enough so that you can fold it over like the picture shown below. An estimation of double the size of your hexagon cardboard is required.

Tack stitch the fabric while folding it to the cardboard as shown. This is to secure the fabric in place in the shape of a hexagon.

hexagon quilting The back.



The front.

hexagon quilting


With front-facing each other, sew the 2 pieces up. Only pick the fabric to sew, not the cardboard.

hexagon quilting


After sewing a centerpiece surrounding by 6 hexagons, you will get a 6 petals flower of hexagon quilting.

The one I made (as shown in the first photo) is slightly different where I have 2 centerpieces and that makes it look elongated like an oval shape. That is going to be my secret project that I will tell you later. So, stay tuned!

Remark: After you have finished sewing and joining with enough hexagons, you will have to remove the cardboard and go on sewing into a blanket, motif, or other creations of hexagon quilting.

I have created a pin cushion project from this hexagon quilt, please go there and have a look!


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Quick Machine Sew Hexagon Flower Quilt Block • Craft Passion

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

[…] You can also sew the hexies on the shell of the Turtle Pincushion shown below with this quick method too. (My previous tutorial for this turtle pincushion was using the traditional English Paper Piecing method.) […]


Friday 1st of August 2014

Great tutorial. Keep up the good work.


Tuesday 31st of December 2013


Sue Griffeth

Thursday 28th of March 2013

I punch a hole in the center of my papers if they are small, two holes if they are larger than 1", two holes allow you to put in a pin to hold the paper in place. To remove papers, simply use tweezers or a blunt tipped object into the hole and slip the paper out, saving the work of removing all those basting threads, have fun, Sue.


Tuesday 19th of June 2012

Great! Thank you.