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 motifs, 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.
DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN
If you want to practice quilting feathers on hexagons, check out this new blog post and download a free pattern.
Click on the image below.
Happy quilting feathers on hexagons!
You might like these patterns, too:
This is fantastic! Thanks for all the great tips!
Thanks, Geta, for the very helpful how-to and printable sheets. Your hexagons always so beautiful … 🙂 Pat
Teresa in Music City says
What a wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I am making a small hexie quilt and this will be the way I quilt it!
Pam in Texas says
Thanks for such good ideas.
I'm still trying to learn FMQ and your idea of using paper to practice is wonderful. I will definitely be using that for practice, especially as I am going to start my first EPP project over the holidays and will hopefully soon looking to quilt it.
Thanks for this. The idea with sewing without thread is very good for practise feathers. Hope this way I'll finish to quilt my flowers ball!
Geta. That is a fabulous post! I think it's one of the very best I've seen for approaching quilting those hexies. I teach free motion quilting about 15 times a year and the tip for practicing on paper is AWESOME! I never thought about it and you are a genious for that! I am making some larger GFF blocks and will use your designs to quilt them. I begin teaching EPP in the Fall and your tips will help me quilt them with personality! But you didn't mention your lovely pebbles for the centers. I want to use that idea, also. Now I have to make some GFF blocks in solid type fabrics so my quilting will show. As always, your post is beautiful. Thanks!
Great ideas. Thank you for sharing this. You are incredible with hexies. Thanks for the inspiration!
Your quilting is simply amazing! It is so beautiful!
Thanks so much and congrats for your quilts and bags…
I love Hexies! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and providing excellent instructions.
Thank you for sharing your machine-quilting techniques. I usually hand-quilt my quilts. I might use your technique to draw the feathers on my quilt top instead of tracing a stencil.
Thank you for sharing your WONDERFUL INFO and ideas !
This is a great tutorial…thanks!
Newbie Jen says
Wonderful information. Thank you for sharing!
Your tutorials are great. Thank you for sharing your instruction about the quilting possibilities of hexagons.
Mike Pearson says
Great ideas! I have a long arm… I think it would still be difficult to do the larger curves on a long arm. Your quilting is awesome! I will have to try this on my next one.
Fabulous information. I am going to print some fabric with INKLINGO today to make a kaleidoscope hexie quilt. Love your info.
I have not yet made the pattern for your grandmothers flower ball…shame on me!
Thank you for all your help,
Perfect! Thank you so much for showing exactly how you stitch this. I'm new to FMQ and struggle with figuring out how to start! Great tip for stitching on paper!
You make it look so easy! I will give this a try, thanks!
Muito obrigada Geta por este tutorial, parece que é fácil fazer isso.Tudo o que você faz é maravilhoso! Admiro-a muitíssimo! abraços
This is one of the, if not THE, best tutorials I've ever seen.
Ianroniel Baluyut says
Thanks for sharing, I love quilting, well for me its the easiest way to emphasize your thoughts by means of different creative details and designs. Quilting has been my hobby ever since and as a veteran quilter I have proven that mixing different fabric color can turn out really great specially if the colors you chose blend well together just like those quilted hexagons.
Gloria Galiana says
Beautiful work…love the tutorial.
Rachael Dorr says
This is wonderful and helps me a lot. I have my grandmothers quilt top that she never quilted before she passed and I've been very nervous about actually quilting it. Now I have great inspiration & ideas! Thank you.
I have been one of your followers for years. You are so amazing all that you have shared with the world. Thanks you so much for the tutorials and the new ebook. I appreciate your talent.
Debbie Day says
What a wonderful tutorial. How generous of you to include templates for practicing on. I just read another of your tutorials on cutting the papers for hexagons…excellent also.
It’s so nice to get complete instructions with nothing missing and links to templates. Thank you so much. Your love of quilting, sharing, and caring really shine through.
Geta Grama says
Thank you so much for the kind words, Debbie. I am glad you find the tutorials useful.
I love your information! My problem with the hexies is how to attach the backing to the front. Nobody shows how to finish off the edges after the quilt is quilted. . Do you bind the edges? Do you make extra hexies and turn them under to the back of the quilt? I am so confused.
Thank you for sharing such a nice tutorial!
Isabel Molina says
Muchas gracias por su tutorial..!! Excelentes sus trabajos, Felicitaciones..!!
I like how you quilted this. I have an antique hexagon quilt that I want to hand quilt. It is not laid out in a grandmothers flower garden style. The fabric colors are laid out in large oval shapes with tiny triangles between “blocks”. Any suggestions?
Anne Jackson says
My hexagons are large (about 6 1/2″ across) with triangles on each side. Ideas on how to quilt those hexies and triangles?
What a greattip! Thank you for sharing it.