Hexagon Happenings

Complete step-by-step photo guide to hexagon techniques with 15 quilts and projects.

Carolyn takes you through the steps to finish large hexagon quilts quickly and easily using large shapes. 15 projects include quilts, table mat, table runner, pincushions, and coasters.

Complete technique instructions include cutting half-hexagons, partial hexagons, diamonds, half-diamonds, triangles, and kites using the hexagon template; combining hexagons with other shapes, sewing hexagons by machine and by hand; and sewing hexagon rows. Over 200 photos, diagrams, and illustrations.

Instructions are provided for calculating and constructing paper templates to create any quilt block size. Carolyn also includes a variety of binding techniques for hexagon quilts, as well as quilting suggestions.

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Free Pattern

Click the image above to download a FREE Hexagon Bag pattern designed by Carolyn Forster.

Using Hexagons

  • Just four basic shapes make dozens of designs
  • Use larger shapes to finish hexagon quilts quickly and easily
  • Over 200 photos and illustrations show you how

Book Review

Hexagons are a versatile shape used in both traditional and modern quilting and often combined with hand piecing. Forster (Quilting-on-the-Go; Utility Quilting) explores this iconic shape and its component parts (half-hexagons, equilateral triangles, kites, and diamonds) in this comprehensive guide to hexagon quilts. The highlight is the terrific overview of methods for sewing and finishing such quilts. Most books focus on a specific method of piecing hexagons (often English paper piecing), but Forster presents methods for hand-sewing and machine-sewing hexagons, as well as time-saving tips for cutting and directions for drafting hexagons and hexagon-based shapes. A variety of finishing and binding techniques for hexagonal quilts are also presented. The 15 projects allow quilters to practice the techniques on designs small (table runners, placemats) and large (full-size quilts).

VERDICT This superlative book is akin to taking a workshop with an expert. Quilters who enjoy hexagon-based quilt designs will appreciate the thorough approach and well-presented information.

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