This tute includes Five Fun Facts about designing quilts with Inklingo Pieced Hexagons.
Some hexagon quilt designs have the hexagons sitting on a flat side . . .
. . . and some are set on point.
These two quilts are identical!
One is turned so the Pieced Hexagons are on point.
This little “twist” is a good thing to know about when you are designing a setting.
Electric Quilt software allows you to choose whether your layout will have the hexagons set flat (H) or set on point (V).
Worktable > Work on Quilt
Quilt > New Quilt > One Patch Quilt
Layout > Edge Length
and then choose Patch Style H or V, as shown above.
By the way, have you entered a “Modern Quilt” in the Club EQ July Challenge yet? EQ Challenges are great fun.
The dimensions of Hexagons are different from flat side to flat side and from point to point.
The measurement from flat side to flat side is less than the measurement from point to point across the hexagon.
You can use the dimensions of the hexagon to calculate the overall size of the quilt.
In this example, the Pieced Hexagons have 3 inch sides.
Just add up the 3 inch sides. It’s easy.
I counted 21 x 3 + (2 x 1.5 at the edges) for a total of 22.
22 x 3 = 66
However, the measurement from flat side to flat side is different, so there is a bit of math involved.
Monkey’s TIP 1.73 is a good number to know about.
The measurement from flat side to flat side is 1.73 times the measurement of the side.
If the Pieced Hexagons have 3 inch sides: 3 x 1.73 = 5.19
I count the number of them and multiply. In this case
5.19 x 13 = 67.5
You probably want to start with the finished size and work backwards to see how many hexagons you need.
If you know the finished size should be about 85 x 85 for a Queen size, you can plan the number of rows.
85 divided by 5.19 = 16.4
85 divided by 3 = 28.3
You would probably want this layout for pieced hexagons and stars to be 16 x 28. (Electric Quilt makes it easy!)
If the Pieced Hexagons in this layout have 3 inch sides, how big is this quilt?
These Five Fun Facts will help you calculate the number of rows required for any size quilt.
There are many other ways to set 300 Pieced Hexagons.
Isn’t it nice to know that no matter how complex looking the design, it is easier and faster to sew when you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo!
MORE WEDNESDAY TUTES
Would you like to catch up on all of the Inklingo Tutes for Pieced Hexagons?
- 300 Inklingo Pieced Hexagons
- Wednesday Tute 01 (with video) (free PDF to download)
- Wednesday Tute 02 (also with video)
- Friday bonus – Pieced Hexagons to Color (free PDF to download)
- Wednesday Tute 03
- Pieced Hexagon Poetry
- Wednesday Tute 04 (inset seams)
- Wednesday Tute 05 (finished sizes of the shapes)
- Wednesday Tute 06 (how to count hexagons)
- Wednesday Tute 07 (settings for Pieced Hexagons)
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