Episode 1308-2 Julia Wood: Unconventional hexagons

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33 thoughts on “Episode 1308-2 Julia Wood: Unconventional hexagons

  1. This is the easiest method for making hexagons that I’ve ever seen.  I am inspired to give this method a try.  Sure beats english paper piecing.  Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is the easiest method for making hexagons that I’ve ever seen.  I am inspired to give this method a try.  Sure beats english paper piecing.  Thank you for sharing.

  3. Great idea for making hexagon easily!  I’ve been making quilts in circles for years… never new I could make the circles into hexagons.  I never stop learning new techniques!  Thank you.

  4. Great idea for making hexagon easily!  I’ve been making quilts in circles for years… never new I could make the circles into hexagons.  I never stop learning new techniques!  Thank you.

     

  5. The written instructions are totally unclear to me.  Pictures (better than a thousand words) would be extremely helpful. 

    Just a dumb dough-dough

  6. I turned 100 circles into hexies in just 3 evenings. This goes so quickly and doesn’t take a lot of fabric.  I want to make a quilt out of the large circles but haven’t figured out the math to know how much fabric I’ll need. Love this method.

  7. This is such a great idea!  Does anyone remember the dimensions of the hexagons for the bedspread?  I think the small one was a 3 – 3 1/2 inch circle, but I’m not sure.

  8. I made this quilt in King size, I was able to get about 6 large hexagons from a yard of 45″ fabric, I made the small hexes from scraps, so for a King size it took, 40 yards of 45″ fabric. I used both hand dyed, and commercial prints for my quilt, so on the hand dyes I bought 90″ fabric and was able to get about 12 from each yard. The large circles were 14″ and they made an approximate 7″ finished hexagon. I used 240 large and small hexagons for the entire quilt and about 1 yard of 2.5″ strips for the binding. I cut my edges straight and used the cut off bits from each side to fill in the holes on the other. I found it very easy to hand stitch the small circles while watching tv and then pressing them in large batches, but the large hexagons needed to be pressed as I went, after each layer folded up I pressed it down and that was easier for me. I did the math to size it up and down to the differnt bad sizes, it was not much difference in fabric usag and number of hexagons between the sizes. For the left to right it sized about 7 inches per piece, and up and down it had to be measured at about 3.5 inches per piece to get the number of circles needed. This picture shows it top to bottom at 7″ and left to right at 3.5. I oriented my quilt diffrently. It was about 12 hexes across and I think 20 rows long.

     

    While this quilt was simpler than traditional quilts, it had fewer steps, it did not take less time. I stitched 3 lines around each hexagon, 1 to secure the center hex, and 2 more evenly spaced to hold the layers together. That took time but once the quilt was machine pieced togeher it was done, no more steps other than the binding. I did not use batting and the quilt is surprisingly warm for having no additinal layers. There is no backing fabric or batting in this quilt. I would not use it during winter in a very cold climate, but it is a nice Summer weight, or late Spring, early Fall weight quilt. I am now wishing I had taken pictures during the process but I didn’t and it has been used quite a lot since it was finished, so I will have to make a new one if I want pictures of the process. 

  9. I made this quilt in King size, I was able to get about 6 large hexagons from a yard of 45″ fabric, I made the small hexes from scraps, so for a King size it took, 40 yards of 45″ fabric. I used both hand dyed, and commercial prints for my quilt, so on the hand dyes I bought 90″ fabric and was able to get about 12 from each yard. The large circles were 14″ and they made an approximate 7″ finished hexagon. I used 240 large and small hexagons for the entire quilt and about 1 yard of 2.5″ strips for the binding. I cut my edges straight and used the cut off bits from each side to fill in the holes on the other. I found it very easy to hand stitch the small circles while watching tv and then pressing them in large batches, but the large hexagons needed to be pressed as I went, after each layer folded up I pressed it down and that was easier for me. I did the math to size it up and down to the differnt bad sizes, it was not much difference in fabric usag and number of hexagons between the sizes. For the left to right it sized about 7 inches per piece, and up and down it had to be measured at about 3.5 inches per piece to get the number of circles needed. This picture shows it top to bottom at 7″ and left to right at 3.5. I oriented my quilt diffrently. It was about 12 hexes across and I think 20 rows long.

     

    While this quilt was simpler than traditional quilts, it had fewer steps, it did not take less time. I stitched 3 lines around each hexagon, 1 to secure the center hex, and 2 more evenly spaced to hold the layers together. That took time but once the quilt was machine pieced togeher it was done, no more steps other than the binding. I did not use batting and the quilt is surprisingly warm for having no additinal layers. There is no backing fabric or batting in this quilt. I would not use it during winter in a very cold climate, but it is a nice Summer weight, or late Spring, early Fall weight quilt. I am now wishing I had taken pictures during the process but I didn’t and it has been used quite a lot since it was finished, so I will have to make a new one if I want pictures of the process. 

  10.  The above picture illustrates the hexagon pattern made from triangles.  I saw this demonstration on your show recently.  However, the instructions given are for hexagons made from circles.  Is it possible to get the directions for the triangle hexagons?

    mbyd1890@yahoo.com

  11.  The above picture illustrates the hexagon pattern made from triangles.  I saw this demonstration on your show recently.  However, the instructions given are for hexagons made from circles.  Is it possible to get the directions for the triangle hexagons?

    mbyd1890@yahoo.com

  12. I was hoping for the pattern to the hexagon quilt shown on this page, but all that is explained is how to make individual hexies. Where’s instructions for this quilt?

  13. This is a very interseting technique and the quilt is so pretty!  I was hoping to find photos or at least diagrams of the instructions, and also how you put the quilt together. I am usually good at learning from instructions, but this is a little tricky for me!  I did see the episode a while ago, but I really wanted to be able to save the directions for future use!  I doubt I will remember all the details at that time!  I hope you will include here and let us know when you do?  Thanks for the  ideas!

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