FREE PDF TO DOWNLOAD
There are a few simple things you need to know about designing with 60° shapes for Pieced Hexagons.
We have summarized them in a two-page PDF which you can download (below). We thought it would be a good way to start our Wednesday Tutes for Inklingo Pieced Hexagons.
1. Hexagons are always named by the length of a finished side.
2. The measurement from point to point across a hexagon is always twice the measurement of a finished side.
3. With these 8 shapes, you can make the 300 Pieced Hexagon designs in the new video on YouTube—in a variety of sizes!
(It is easier to read the small print if you download the PDF, below.)
4. The Big shape is always twice as big as the Little shape.
For example, if the Little shape is a 0.5 inch Diamond, the Big shapes will have 1.0 inch sides and the Pieced Hexagons will be 2 inches (4 inches across from point to point).
The chart on this page is handy.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDF (2 pages)
Click here to download our Inklingo Pieced Hexagon Wednesday Tute 01.
(49 MB. I am still trying to figure out how to make it smaller. It seems unnecessarily large, but the swatches of Timeless Treasures fabric make it pretty.)
Our two-page PDF shows 8 sizes you can make with Inklingo with Big and Little Hexagon and Diamond shapes.
60° Diamonds are not available in every size yet.
For example, there are no Inklingo 0.25 inch 60° Diamonds, so you are saved from making certain ridiculously tiny Pieced Hexagons. (You can thank me later.) They would have 1 inch sides and be 2 inches across from point to point.
However, there is nothing but sanity to stop you from making many other itty bitty Pieced Hexagon designs which use 0.25 inch Hexagons (and partial hexagons) with 0.5 inch Hexagons and Diamonds (and parts). Think it over first, okay?
THE MOST POPULAR SIZE
The most popular size is 3 inch Pieced Hexagons (6 inches across from point to point). That may be because all of the shapes are available on the Inklingo Shape Collection # 3 CD, which has been available since 2007.
Cathi of Quilt Obsession saw one design (above) flash past in the new video and decided she had to make it. You can see hers on Quilt Obsession.
Cathi has been using Inklingo from the beginning, so she is celebrating 7 years too.
With 1.5 and 3 inch Hexagon and Diamond shape collections, you can make Hexagons which are 12 inches across from point to point. That’s big.
INDEX OF SHAPES
You can see which sizes of Diamonds and Hexagons are available in the Index of Shapes under the Support & Goodies tab on the website.
CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY?
While you are waiting for our next Pieced Hexagon Tute, you might want to watch the video on YouTube.
The designs zoom past quickly but you can pause and examine the ones you like the best. You may see them differently now that you have the first PDF lesson.
We will share more of them in a PDF next Wednesday.
There are several articles about Pieced Hexagons in the blog archives and there are other Inklingo videos on YouTube about sewing hexagons by hand and by machine:
- Sewing Grandmother’s Flower Garden by Hand (the movie)
- Sewing Hexagons by Machine (the movie)
- Settings for Pieced Hexagons
There is some info about Pieced Hexagons in the Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (free PDF to download). Look for Candied Hexagons and VariaHex.
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See you next Wednesday—if not before. Thank you for visiting.
Linda & Monkey
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