Portable Pink Pieced Hexagons – Part 2

Pieced Hexagon Quilt Block

I’m trying to get my sewing kit loaded up with Pieced Hexagons, so I have a portable project during the holidays.


Inklingo shapes printed on fabric

I keep printing shapes but they are so perfect I cannot resist sewing them.

I keep emptying my kit!


My tips today will help you get portability, precision, AND speed by combining hand and machine piecing—for the best of both worlds.


Print on fabric with Inklingo

 1. Print the shapes and sew!

Pieced Hexagons go together more precisely and more quickly when you skip the templates and the glue and the basting and the whip-stitching.



2. Plan your route for “continuous stitching.” 

This is a concept I demonstrate in detail on the Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD and in both Quilted Diamonds books.

At the end of every seam, before I cut the thread, I look to see if I can continue with the next seam just by turning a corner.

Continuous stitching makes hand piecing faster and even more relaxing.


Plan your route for continuous stitching.

3. Chain piece some seams by machine for a hybrid!

When I looked at this Pieced Hexagon design to plan my route, I realized there are a lot Dead Ends which limit the opportunities for continuous stitching.


Chain piece by machine, edge to edge.

However, I could chain piece edge to edge by machine to get a fast start and then sew the rest by hand!


Chain piece by machine for a fast start.

When we combine hand and machine piecing it is called a hybrid and it works beautifully.


Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses by machine

Hybrid piecing is suitable for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) and many other designs too. There are detailed illustrations in the POTC book.


In this Pieced Hexagon, I was able to chain piece several shapes edge to edge. However, when you sew by machine it is sometimes necessary to sew crosshair to crosshair instead of edge to edge. Even that is easier when you have the shapes printed with Inklingo, as shown in one of the videos on the Main Hexagon Page on the website.


Chain piece by machine

Love the lines! Quilt more!


Chain piecing by machine

Sew some seams by machine . . .


Hand piece with a running stitch

. . . and sew some seams by hand.


Chain pieced shapes for your portable kit!


You can add chain pieced shapes to your portable kit, thanks to Inklingo!

Yes, we have the best of both worlds!


I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.

I hope you will have a look at the photos I have posted in the past few days but the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).


Inklingo Hybrid Piecing

If you have been following Inklingo on Facebook, you have already seen some of my Pink Pieced Hexies but I will share more here too.

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone and it makes it more likely that FB will show you more of my images.


Inklingo Pieced Hexagon - Detail

Before I go, I have to show you a close-up of the center of this hexagon.

Sewing with a running stitch with shapes printed with Inklingo makes this kind of precision possible.

I hope you will feel inspired to choose 4 Pieced Hexagons from 300 Pieced Hexagons and prepare a Cheat Sheet (Part 1) before I post Part 3.

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey


New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

2 thoughts on “Portable Pink Pieced Hexagons – Part 2”

  1. Love this post, Linda. I have been doing some hybrid stitching with my Lucy Boston POTC so I can sit with my hubby and watch TV, hand sewing the pieces to the ones that I have machine stitched. When I first started the project, I was doing it all by machine; now I’m enjoying both methods. Your Pink Pieced Hexagons are so beautiful, I must give them a try!

  2. I didn’t realize that you can chain piece and hand sew
    I’ve been sewing from crosshair to crosshair. This hint should make it faster for me.
    Thanks for the info.


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.