Festival of Hexagons - Hexstatic Quilt Tutorial

Festival of Hexies 

Welcome to the Festival of Hexagons!! I have been waiting for this for months and am so excited about all the upcoming tutorials that we have planned. Don't forget, there will be a link party at the end of the 2 weeks of tutorials and awesome prizes from Fat Quarter Shop!!!

Stacked Hexies

hexagon stack + me being ecstatic about the festival = Hexstatic Quilt!

Finished dimensions: 39" x 49"

hexstatic fabric stack

Fabric Requirements:
- assorted scraps measuring at least 7" x 7":
9 pink
9 aqua
6 gray
6 yellow
- 2 yards background
- 2 yards backing
- 1/2 yard binding

Other notions
- rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
- optional: 60 degree triangle ruler

* If you are using yardage of a print and want to cut multiple triangles, cut a strip that is 5 5/8" tall. *

1) From each scrap, cut 1 6.5" eqilateral triangle. You can do this using the 60 degree line on your ruler, a 60 degree triangle ruler, or this template.


2) From the background fabric, cut 5 3/8" x WOF. From this you will cut 20 trapezoids (we need the pieces to be a bit wider than a 1/2 triangle, so make sure the narrow end is 1" wide)

hexstatic trapezoids 

3a) Cut the remaining background fabric to 50" x WOF. Press out the center crease. Fold in half the other way, so that the fabric is 44" wide x 25".
3b) Cut off the selvages. Then cut 10", the 18" from one side.

* Optional: Arrange the hexagons on your design board. You can select pieces randomly, but I need to lay things out before I start sewing. It's a control issue.*

hexstatic 1-3 

1) Sew one outside triangle to one center triangle, right sides together, using a 1/4" seam. The triangles should line up perfectly. Because some of the sides are cut on the bias, be careful not to stretch as you sew. Press seam open.

2) Sew the other outside triangle face down on the center triangle that you just sewed. Press seam open. You should now have half of a hexagon.

3) Take a background trapezoid and place it face down on an outside triangle. Sew using a 1/4" seam. Press open. Repeat on the other side. See detail below for aligning.

hexstatic detail

4) Repeat with the other triangles to create 10 half hexagons.

5) Take two half hexagons of the same color, place the right sides together, sew along the widest side of the triangles. Press seam open.

hexstatic 4-7

6) Sew the hexagons together, pressing seams open, to create a stack.

7) Take the 10" x 50" piece of background fabric and sew it to the left side of the strip using a 1/4" seam. Press toward the background.

8) Sew the 18" x 50 background strip to the other side of the hexagon stack. Press seam toward the background.

Backing: I just used Washi because I can't get enough of it.

Stacked Hexies-5

Basting: I love to spray baste. Use your preferred method!

Quilting: I quilted in straight lines, echoing the hexagons. The lines get progressively further apart.

Stacked Hexies-2

Binding: On this quilt I used my Quilt Binder Foot, but if you don't have one, I have a binding tutorial.

Stacked Hexies-4

If you make a quilt using this tutorial I'd love to see it. Add it to my Flickr group AND the Festival of Hexagons group!

Don't forget to stop by Amanda's blog tomorrow for another hexy tutorial!

Tuesday, Aug. 14
Amanda from A Crafty Fox
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Kelly from Kelbysews
Thursday, Aug. 16
Terri from Sew Fantastic
Friday, Aug. 17
Jeni from In Color Order


  1. This is gorgeous, and I definitely want to try it. So glad to see the festival beginning!

  2. Ack, this is completely awesome!! I need to start making one asap.

  3. Fabulous, love the colours you chose for this!

  4. This looks great! I love your tag and the backing. Adding this to my make list.

  5. This is so pretty! I love it.

  6. Terrific tutorial! I can see this as a baby boy quilt.

    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  7. Gorgeous! Love the colors you chose and the quilting you did. So impressed with your math brain :-)

  8. I really love the quilt, Ali! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  9. love love love this quilt!!thank you so much for the tut!!!
    eleni @ sewhappiness.blogspot.com

  10. Oh, my, what a gorgeous quilt. Love the fabrics and design.

  11. I'd love to try this quilt. Have always liked your first one and wanted to know how to make it :)


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