Hexagon quilts are more and more popular, let’s learn an easy way to quilt hexagons.
In the last years I have made a few hexagon quilts and I quilted all the same way.
In this post there are a few details, click on the links below if you want to see more.
Together in a Friendship World
Grandmother’s Flower Garden
My Secret Flower Garden
My Rainbow Flower Garden
These are feathers in a design that follows the edges of the hexagons.
This design requires free motion stitching, with the feed dogs down and a darning foot.
I think this design is easy to stitch; you need a little practice and then you will be able to naturally move your quilt under the needle.
I hope you will give this idea a try.
Practice first on paper. Draw a feather like this one below.
Draw the next one following the curve of the previous one and the edge of the hexagon. Continue this way until you fill the whole hexagon. Note how all the feathers start and stop on the top edge of the hexagon.
Move then to the next hexagon and repeat.
You could use other shapes as well.
If your hexagons are small (about 1”), you could stitch the feathers on 2 hexagons at once, like in the picture below.
Use the same idea – draw one feather then follow it and the outer edges of the hexagon flower. I love that this is a continuous design- one start/stop for a block.
If your hexagons are larger and you have a double flower -stitch first the design on the inner petals then move to the outer petals and repeat.
I usually start stitching on the bottom hexagon of the flower and then move counterclockwise, like in the picture below.
Instead of drawing on paper, practice stitching (without thread) on paper – you will have better results. Use a thin needle and keep that needle only for this purpose.
If you want to practice, click below to download printable hexagon flowers (simple and double) in various sizes.
Happy quilting feathers on hexagons!
Recommended reading: Tips for cutting hexagon templates.
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