Wednesday Tute 08 – Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

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This tute includes Five Fun Facts about designing quilts with Inklingo Pieced Hexagons.


Inklingo Pieced Hexagon Setting


Some hexagon quilt designs have the hexagons sitting on a flat side . . .


Inklingo Pieced Hexagon Setting

. . . 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.

There are worksheets for hexagons in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book (free when you buy hexagons to print on fabric, details).


Designing with Hexagons in Electric Quilt


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.


Inklingo Pieced Hexagon Dimensions


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.


Inklingo Pieced Hexagon Setting


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


Inklingo Pieced Hexagon Setting

However, the measurement from flat side to flat side is different, so there is a bit of math involved.


1.73 is a good number to know

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


Inklingo Pieced Hexagon Dimensions

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!)


Inklingo Pieced Hexagons Setting


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.

Print on fabric with Inklingo

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!


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5 thoughts on “Wednesday Tute 08 – Inklingo Pieced Hexagons”

  1. Thank you so much for this. It is just what I am needing as trying to square up my Grandma’s Starfish Garden, the stars are made out of pretty shell and fish designed fabrics surrounded by white hexagon’s and I have a delightful mermaid fabric for the border for a new grandchild due early next year. Fingers crossed it is a girl.

  2. I know that hexies are the current trendy design but for me they are not my favorite. I really love to see what you come up with using all the shapes so I can appreciate just not want to make! LOL

  3. Oh, I see! Finished quilt #2 was just turned counter-clockwise by 90 degrees (or a quarter turn for those of us math-challenged)! At first I thought there was some fancy designing going on here… so easy, a monkey could do it! (lol!)

    Of course, if we wanted to do a scrappy quilt, I’d just keep on adding shapes until it was the right size. I’m not very picky. But yes, sometimes it is nice to know how many of them you are doing and how much fabric is involved. Great to know the magic number: 1.73! Thanks again!

  4. Linda this is just awesome! Thanks so much for all this wonderful information. Makes doing an individual design so easy!


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