Hi there! I’m so excited today to be sharing with you the tutorial for this Large Hexagon Quilt. I was able to whip this Halloween Quilt up very quickly using a half hexagon quilt ruler, this free Hexagon Quilt Pattern, and a bunch of Halloween fabric fat quarters.
This large hexagon Halloween quilt is made up with an extremely random selection from my Halloween fabric stash. I decided to stick to blacks, oranges, and whites, trying to vary the scale of the prints for interest. I think that all large-scale prints would have been a bit overwhelming for this size of a quilt. However, I do think the large hexagon shape lends itself well to both large and novelty prints. It’s a great quilt to make if you’re looking to use up a lot of fabric scraps.
You could easily use this Large Hexagon Quilt pattern to make a quilt for any season or occasion. It does not have to be a Halloween quilt. This pattern would also make a great baby quilt!
Normally when you piece hexagons together for a quilt you end up with a difficult to sew “Y” seam. To avoid having to sew Y seams, I used a special half hexagon quilt ruler when I cut out my quilt. By cutting the hexagon in half you can avoid this by sewing 1/2 hexagon shapes together in rows, thus avoiding Y seams.
Just know that you do have to plan ahead to get the look that you want.
Last weekend we headed down to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY for a little photo shoot. I have always photographed my quilts at home before and thought it would be fun to try a little “quilts in the wild” photo shoot this time. Shaker Village is absolutely one of my favorite places in Kentucky, a must see if you ever visit our fine State (more on our visit later this week).
I should subtitle this post “the time a donkey almost ate my quilt”. I hung the quilt on this fence to photograph it, and the donkey seemed very interested. A little too interested actually, as he started to try to bite it… my kids were able to yank it away before he got to it. I forgave him as he was absolutely adorable.
To finish the quilt I decided to free motion quilt spiderwebs on to the quilt. I couldn’t bring myself to quilt a spider web in every hexagon (although that would have been cool), so I chose to quilt 5 large spiderwebs then fill in a few of the hexagons with their own web. I free handed the spiderwebs, so they are far from perfect, we’ll call them primitive.
Large Hexagon Quilt Pattern:
If you’d like to make one here’s how you can do it!
Supplies for Large Hexagon Quilt:
- Lori Holt Half Hexie ruler in 10”
- Various Fabric Prints- enough to cut 53 10” squares from (so you could, in theory, get 2 full hexagons from one fat quarter). Which means you need a MINIMUM of 27 Fat Quarters.
- Fabric for backing, 3 yards
- Batting – I prefer 100% cotton.
- Binding Fabric
Large Hexagon Quilt Tutorial Construction Steps:
You need to cut 106 half hexagons from your prints in groups of 2 – 53 sets. (remember that the hexagon is cut in half and you will sew it back together).
I chose not to try to match the direction of the prints on my half hexagons. The actual fabric print it matched up, however as I was cutting out my fabrics I didn’t try to match the “repeat”. So if there was a large pumpkin on one of the half hexagons, I did not try to make the other half hexagon be cut in the exact same place on the pumpkin.
You could do it but this was supposed to be a “quick and easy” quilt and matching 53 hexagon prints would have slowed me down.
You can cut the way you think is easiest. If you want to first cut 53 10” squares then cut your hexagons from that you can, or you can just cut them off of the fabric with it folded over. That’s what I did.
I have a spinning cutting mat and it made quick work of cutting out the shapes.
If you have a Moda dessert roll they are just the right size to cut these out, as the strips are cut to 5” tall.
Next, you’ll need to pre-plan your layout before you start sewing. I ended up with 7 half hexagons across and 15 total rows. You’ll need to use a design wall or just lay the pieces out on the floor.
Make sure that your prints match up to create the full hexagon when sewn together.
Now start sewing the 1/2 hexagon shapes together by row. Making sure to keep them in the exact same order as when you laid them out.
Use a 1/4” seam allowance. I always label my rows with a water-soluble pen, so I know what order they go back together.
Now press the seams to one side. Press the seams on the odd # rows to the right and the seams on the even # rows to the left.
Next just sew your rows together!
The effect is all large hexagons.
I put a simple gray spider print on the back of mine and bound it with some simple black swiss dot.
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