Hallie's Hexi Stars

My name is Konda Luckau of Moose on the Porch Quilts. I have been quilting for a long time. In the past, I have always said that the only reason I can quilt is because I could do everything on a machine. With 6 kids from 4 - 14, I don't always get as much time to quilt as I would like. I love precuts because I can start sewing faster. I love quick projects because I can actually get them finished.

I have recently been changing my mind. I still like to see projects finished, but I have tried hand piecing and hand quilting. I started small. I found that hand applique is too slow of a process for me. Hand piecing surprised me. I enjoyed being able to work on it while waiting for kids in various places.

If you haven't tried hand work, this might be a project to change your mind.

1 Hope Chest Prints Honeycomb
3/4 yard backing
3/4 yard square batting
1/2 yard binding

1. Take 28 of the hexagons, 14 light and 14 dark. Each hexi star takes 2 light hexagons and 2 dark hexagons.

2. Cut each hexagon into three diamonds as shown. Using a ruler from corner to corner, cut half way.

3. Turn the hexagon and cut half way again. Repeat to make three diamonds as shown. 

4. Take 2 sets of 3 light diamonds and 2 sets of 3 dark diamonds for one hexi star.

5. Lightly mark the 1/4" seam allowance on one of each dark diamond in a narrow V as shown. Lightly mark the 1/4" seam allowance on all 6 of the light diamonds in a wide V as shown.

6. Lay out half of the star with the marked diamond between two unmarked diamonds.

7. Align two adjacent diamonds. Sew with a running stitch along marked line.

8. Tie off the thread at the corner and align the next diamond. Continue sewing down the next side. Tie off and cut thread. Finger press.

9. Repeat with the other three dark diamonds to make two half stars as shown.

10. Mark the 1/4" seam allowance along one side as shown.

11. Pin the two halves together and sew along the marked line.

12. Press seams in a circle and press seams open in the middle rotating in the opposite direction.

13. Take one of the light diamonds. Align and pin it onto one dark diamond as shown. Sew along the marked seam allowance. Knot thread, but do not cut.

14. Align the light diamond to the next dark diamond. Pin and sew the next marked seam allowance. Knot thread again, but do not cut unless you need to.

15. Repeat with the next light diamond.

16. Continue sewing the light diamonds around the dark star. That makes one Hexi Star.

17. Repeat to make six Hexi Stars with a dark center and light edges. Make one Hexi Star with a light center and dark edges.

18. When pressing, always rotate seams.

19. Lay out seven Hexi Stars as shown. Hand piece in the same manner.

20. Layer backing, batting, and top. Baste with pins or spray. 

21. Hand or machine quilt.

22. Cut the 1/2 yard of binding fabric into 2 1/2" bias binding. Bind.

One approximately 24" table topper that you will be very proud to show off!

I hope you will give hand piecing a try. If you do, I would love to see it! My email is kluckau(at)moosequilts.com. I hope you have as much fun as I did!

Konda Luckau


jabbott said...

I agree quilting by hand is the way to go, getting time to sit at the machine does not allways work.
You have produced some nice work x

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

it is so nice to see a hand piecing tutorial on here!!! so many think they can only sew by machine and do not give hand work a try. I have made many, many queen size quilts and smaller by hand and quilted and binded them by hand also - it is nice and relaxing -- start with small project as you did and you will learn it is fun!

Barbara Mugnai said...

wow! this is so amazing and precise...

Carmen said...

Wonderful idea! I hate pulling out my machine, but I love making things. :)

Carrie P. said...

great tutorial and great way to use the precut hexies.

Design Originals by KC said...

Love that you are showing a hand piecing tutorial... I just attempted my first hand pieced top and this def helped me today! Thanks for offering this! Kathi

Judith Blinkenberg said...

I have never bought a hexie print. This is a pretty tutoriaI am thinking about getting one to play with. They will soon come out with the Slice as you have probably heard. Looking forward to those. Thank you for all your wonderful tutorials.

Pauline said...

I've got 2 packs of honeycombs, and was wondering what to do with them- now I know! Thanks Konda for the great idea!

CruiseFan said...

A tutorial for hand sewing?
This is one great thing to do when waiting at the airport, being in a plane or finally on a cruise ship!
Will put this on my to-do-list.
Thanks for sharing.

Anjeanette said...

This is just lovely! Thanks for sharing!