Since I can’t enter our Show & Tell events, I thought I’d share my hexie puzzle quilt with you this weekend. I’ve been working on this quilt, off and on, for 2+ years. It’s one of those projects that I’ll focus on for a short time, then put away for a long time. I have great respect for those of you that get so many hand pieced quilts done so quickly.

hexie-puzzle block

The fabric I’ve used is a Hoffman Bali Pop (2.5″ strips) called Kiwiberry. I doubt that the one I used is available anymore, but the Fat Quarter Shop has some other gorgeous ones. They are batiks and my pack came with 40 different fabrics.


I sub-cut each of the 40 strips into (17) 2.5″ squares. I need four pieces for each puzzle block, so I ended up with four puzzle blocks from each fabric strip and one extra hexie that will be used in the border. The 2.5″ squares are the perfect size to wrap around the 1″ hexie shapes.


The centre portion of this quilt contains 640 hexies and will be approximately 40″ x 50″. So small for so much work!! I’ll be adding approximately a 5″ dark grey border and incorporating the single hexies around one corner.


I originally purchased the fabrics below to use for the border. But I’ve since changed my mind and will use the green and purple fabrics for the backing instead.


I couldn’t get my pieces to stick to my design wall so I need to layout a portion of the quilt at a time on a table. As I have four puzzle blocks in each fabric, I separated the blocks into four piles, containing one of each of the 40 pieces. I’m work on stitching one quarter of the quilt at a time.


I make sure to take a photo on my phone so I don’t get the pieces mixed up. Here’s the first top left corner all stitched:


Laying out the top right corner:


The two halves side-by-side, but not joined yet.


It’s so easy to attach a piece incorrectly:



I cut my own papers for this quilt. Originally, I created my own template, printed it and cut out the pieces, but shortly after I started I came across Melanie’s template. It’s much better than mine. You can download it here! You can layer 3 or 4 pieces of paper together, staple very well, and cut out many pieces at one time. I also really like Melanie’s Hexagon videos.

My best tips:

Use a strong thin thread, such as Aurifil 50wt cotton and as small (i.e. thin) of a needle as you can. Whip stitching is more difficult with the thinner batik fabrics than a quilting cotton print. When basting the fabrics to the paper, I use a larger, strong utility needle, i.e. not one of my expensive ones, and crappy old serger thread. :) Save your good needles and thread for the stitches that will remain in your project.

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My Puzzled Hexagon Quilt
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22 thoughts on “My Puzzled Hexagon Quilt

  • April 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    What lovely jewel tones – the quilt will be very rich looking when it is done! Hexagons are definitely addictive – I’ve lost count of how many I’ve made!

  • April 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Just Beautiful!! I am hooked on hexies and EPP in general!! LOVE your project and it’s coming out beautifully!

  • April 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Looks fantastic Michele! Can’t wait to see it all done!

  • April 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Love your Hexies! I started a hexie quilt 3 years ago, its now a ufo…you’ve inspired me to at least give it another look..LOL

  • April 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    It’s looking great! The bali pops really pop!

  • April 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Michele. it’s going to be beautiful!

  • April 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I love hexes, I just made up 714 out of a jelly-roll, now I’m stitching them into a sorta V pattern. Got my mothiner and sister-in-law hooked too, between the 2 of them they have tons done. My best friend knows I love little hand projects to do at work or on the go so she set me up with losange EPP, material, pattern and mini jelly roll, all set to start…so EPP rocks.

  • April 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Gorgeous…I love the colours that you have chosen.

  • April 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I use the same hexi templates. I use old bills and other papers that need to be shredded and print on the backs. That way I am reusing paper that would otherwise be shredded and discarded, getting one more use out of it. I doubt that anyone would be able to put the papers back together well enough to get any info out of them.

  • April 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    That looks like a LOT of work, but it is going to be so worth it when you finish. How do you plan to quilt it?

  • April 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!
    I love hexes and those colors are my colors. Can I have it? Hey, nothing ventured….
    Keep it up, you’ll be so happy when it’s done.

  • April 15, 2013 at 6:58 am

    What a beautiful quilt you will have when it’s finished! Seeing work like yours inspires me. I have to try hexes soon!

  • April 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

    That is beautiful! Instead of sewing my fabric to the papers, I have been starching edges and ironing in place-keeps edges crisp folded and papers are easy to remove.

  • April 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for sharing the way you did this, I have a much better visual and think I will pick up my pieces again!

  • April 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

    inspiring……i will get my tumbling blocks out and hand piece them too….thank you! h

  • April 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

    have not tried hexies yet…lol!

  • April 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Hi! Your quilt is going to be amazing! I love the way you arrange the hexagons – not always flowers! Beautiful colours and fabrics, too! x Teje

  • April 16, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Love your colors and your prints. You are in good company. I have been working on my hexie quilt off and on for 1+ years now :)


  • April 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    That is an amazing quilt! I have only begun making a few hexies and I can’t imagine getting enough done for a whole quilt. Well done!

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