With their mesmerizing honeycomb pieces, hexagon — or hexie —quilts deserve all the buzz thanks to their insane versatility. Whether you work in a modern or traditional style, it's basically guaranteed that you can make these six-sided shapes work well in your design. The best part? They don't have to be difficult to piece. In fact, with these shortcuts and tips, you'll be well on your way to making fun, creative hexies over and over again.
Shop Specialty Pre-Cuts
Specialty fabric pre-cuts come in packages of 40, meaning you'll not only save time while shopping, but you also won't have to worry about distorting your pieces while cutting. Another bonus: pre-cut hexagon collections typically come with a plastic template that you can use while cutting out your shapes , so there's no need to buy separately.
Stock Up On Templates and Rulers
Since accurately cutting hexagon shapes is key, many quilters use acrylic hexagon templates and rulers. You can buy them in a variety of different sizes, including many that have the pre-drilled holes for marking the ¼-inch seam allowance at each corner — something that's especially helpful when using the Y-seam method for piecing hexagons.
Pin Your Pieces
Hexagons have bias edges that are easy to stretch and distort, so it's important to pin your pieces when working with these shapes. Doing so also helps make sure those points stay in alignment, even when you're joining individual shapes and building larger segments.