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August 13, 2009



Wow. I think whole hexagon quilts are so beautiful but I think it I tried it would end in tears.


wow. it would take me a YEAR to do five flowers. but, oh. so. neat.

i wish i were you! don't i?


I agree that a hexagonal quilt would look beautiful, but just be far too much pain. Your flowers are so neat and lovely.

Apparently girls used to do paper piecing at school here in the UK (it is English paper piecing after all) I have a feeling that's why my Grandmother never touched them again!


I use little mylar hexagons...they have a hole in the middle so you can just 'pop' it out with the stick. I'm making a Grandmothers Flower Garden and I'm up to 35 flowers! Started back in March. Then the hand quilting....I'll race ya! LOL



You explained it really well! There's an EPP group here: that may be good for some inspiration on what to actually DO with all those flowers. Vicki Bellino, who taught me how to EPP, is super into it. She's always got some EPP patterns that may be good for inspiration, too.
My friend started a large (6") hexagon quilt that is mostly linen with a few prints thrown in. She wanted it to be bed size, but now she may just applique in on a large piece of linen, make that into a quilt and call it good. :)
Happy piecing!


But Ali, I don't understand the unclipping of the basting stitches. Yes, you do that to remove the inner papers, but aren't you left with flowers that flap open, so to speak, therefore not with straight outer edges? Can anyone kindly explain? Cheers,



I can't wait to see what you come up with. I do believe this would be just too much for me.


way cool - who new little sturdy papers already came in hexagon shapes ?? - not me. You're making me want to sew says the girl who hardly ever sews. Merci for the great tutorial.


Hi Alicia!

Welcome to the addictive world of hexagon square quilting! I´m an addict nutcase, and I love sewing those small pieces of fabric.

I have made two quilts for my daughters, and some more things with them (bags and pillows). If you´d like to see them, I´ve posted them on my blog (search for 'english paper piecing' on the box "Pesquisar"). You´re welcome!

A small clue: I use rigid plastic for the inner hexagons, cut from school plastic folders. They´re reusable, sturdy and I think they make the sewing more easy.

Can´t wait to see what you will do with your flowers... ;-)

Cheers from Brasil!

Cristine (my blog)


You may have just pushed this knitter over the edge into the Land of the Hexes. Gee, thanks..


My sister and I used to do hand piecing with papers when we were young - a very English thing. It is portable, which is a good thing - but we never got as far as a quilt, just cushions.

Pomona x


oh good grief I'm old and out of it. I didn't even know you could paper piece hexagonal blocks. duh. d'oh. Time for me to come into the 21st century!

Looking forward to seeing what your charming blocks become.

Loved seeing the Bee and dear Miss CMPP!


I have been digging through my old quilting books lately to find a good simple tutorial on these. Thank you!! I want to do a couple and put them in a couple of old wooden hoops and mix them in with my photo wall to try to break things up a bit. Next project will be figuring out the dresden plate. I am a person that likes to do EVERYTHING once :)


I started English paper piecing on a road trip from Oregon to California this summer. I could do it easily in the car (as long as I didn't lose a pin or needle!). I bought some quilt plastic & cut out my own hexagon, then cut out my own papers from freezer paper, and ironed them all onto a piece of fabric, then cut them out. Seemed to work great. The papers stick to the fabric till I'm ready for 'em. Not sure how to finish -- I mean after they're all sewn together scrap-style, do I quilt around the "flowers" to the batting & backing? I will continue to try to do research on this finishing part. Thanks & good luck!!


Oh WOW! I love the idea of this but I'm really not sure my pain threshold is high enough!


How neat is that?!!? That's gonna be gorgeous!

Lisa A

They are addicting, aren't they? I'm using 1.5" hexagons and Civil War era repros. It's my "go" project. Have never worked on it at home. Have 12 flowers (3 rings each) done. I'm also using the plastic, but have taught the traditional method using paper. I like the plastic.


Ooh how exciting! I started my english patchwork in July and am loving the process :)


This was how I made my first quilt top, shame I never backed and quilted it x


i get lost in your blog for long periods of time sometimes... you're always up to something creative and its fun to be inspired by you!

i love vintage quilts and just did a post on them... feel free to link your favorite quilt to my blog! xo.


I sometimes use the little mylar hexes (and they have other shapes, too, I still have to open up the package with the triangles), Quilt Patis I think they're called. But if you get *way* into paper piecing, you can also look for those punches they sell for scrapbooking, I've made 1" and 1.25" hex punches out of regular office supply paper, and it works great. Isn't as labor intensive as it sounds, you can do 100 with just a bit of a bruise on your palm. :0) Can't wait to see what you do with your little beauties!


Hey Alicia, Go to the Moda website. They have the cutest and I do mean cutest hexagon pin cushion pattern in the free stuff section. I started doing these this summer. Don't know if you have seen the Cricut commercials on TV...I use mine to cut hexagon papers. I buy pads of scrapbook paper on clearence, place the paper in the Cricut, bring up my hexagon file and click cut...whatever size I want...pretty cool. These are reusable also. Check out the Moda website!


By the way, it never occurred to me to just use squares of fabric rather than hex shapes. Thanks for that, it will make things go *much* faster!


thank you very much, I've been thinking about hexagons later and this little lesson is just perfect!!


I'm working on hexes right now. It seemed so fiddly and that's perfectly suited to me : )

I don't baste all the way through the paper, though. I'm new at all this sewing business. Does it work better if I do that?

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