A Love For Hexagons

I started a project a few years ago when I was pregnant with my second child.  He’s about to turn 4! Am I done?  Not even close, but I knew starting it would take me 20 years to finish.  I’m hand stitching a 2 inch hexagon quilt from start to finish.  Like, legitimately with only a needle and thread!  And guess what?  I am not a quilter by any means.

Go ahead.
Call me crazy.
Everyone else does!

And that’s okay, because they always follow it up with thinking it’s the coolest idea EVER!  I had seen some hexagon quilts online and absolutely fell in love with the idea.  Especially the ones that had no rhyme or reason to them.  I had done little to no research and just jumped right in pretending I knew what I was doing.  I mean how hard could it be really?

Hand Stitch Hexagon Quilt | My Name Is Snickerdoodle

Actually, not hard at all!  Completely time consuming, yes, but not hard.  I did learn a few lessons along the way once I did more research and definitely through trial and error.

See, I have a hard time just sitting and watching a movie or show.  It’s not like I do that a lot anyways, but when I do, I like to be doing something with my hands.  And this seemed like the perfect solution.  There are nights (like when my husband and I indulged with watching all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights for the first time) when I work on it until my fingers are so sore.  Then there are times where I don’t sew a stitch for weeks.
Hand Stitch Hexagon Quilt | My Name Is Snickerdoodle
Who is the quilt for?  Selfishly, me!  After all this hard work, I don’t
think I could give it to just anyone!  It’s been really fun every now
then buying some lovely fabric that I can’t resist and adding it to my
pile.  That way it truly is random and that’s the way I like it!  
Lucious fabrics in rainbow colors | My Name Is Snickerdoodle
Check out those luscious colors and patterns!  It makes me so happy to just look at! 

Lucious fabrics in rainbow colors | My Name Is Snickerdoodle

I’m sure there are many ways to accomplish this, but here’s what I do.  Remember, I’m not a quilter so there are probably actual quilters out there cringing right now!  It works great and that’s good enough for me.


Below you’ll find a free printable for 2 inch hexagons that you’ll print multiples of and cut them out.  I just keep them all in a little baggy with my thread and needle.  The paper hexagons help keep the shape while you stitch.  You’ll end up removing them so don’t worry about it being in your finished quilt.  I usually keep them in until all sides are stitched to actual quilt.  Then I don’t have to worry about it loosing it’s shape. 

Then, like the picture above, I cut my fabric into 2 1/2 inch squares.  

The harder way to baste stitch hexagon squares for a hand stitched quilt | My Name Is Snickerdoodle
Here’s where I learned my lesson that will save me a step in the long run…baste stitch on the back side, not on the front through the paper like below. 
The easy way to baste stitch hexagon squares for a hand stitched quilt | My Name Is Snickerdoodle
For years I was baste stitching on the front through the paper and then when I’d stitch all sides to my quilt, I’d have to snip that baste stitch and pull it out.  If you baste stitch on the back, not through the paper, all you have to worry about is pulling out the paper (once all sides are stitched) and the baste stitch can stay there without being seen. 

Lovely hexagons for a hand stitched quilt | My name Is Snickerdoodle

I don’t have a method to my madness.  When I feel in the mood to make a million hexagons, I’ll stitch a million.  When I get tired of that, I make little “flowers” just for fun.  These makes it a bit easier and faster to add to the quilt instead of a row at a time like I was doing before.  Lesson #2 learned. 

How To Start A Hand Stitched Hexagon Quilt | My Name Is Snickerdoodle

When I’m bored of doing “flowers” I’ll start stitching them to my quilt.  It’s about the size of a baby blanket right now. 

How To Start A Hand Stitched Hexagon Quilt | My Name Is Snickerdoodle

My goal is to make it into a full size quilt.  Only 15 more years to go…Hahaha!

Hand Stitch Hexagon Quilt | My Name Is Snickerdoodle

I absolutely love this project so much!  I’ve only got discouraged and overwhelmed once through this whole process.  I started to think I really was crazy for taking it on, but then I’ll pull it out and feel a huge sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and over all giddiness when I see how gorgeous it is!

I would love to see what you come up so stay in contact!

 If you like hexagons, check out my printable hexagon 12 month calendar

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  • Kelly Koo
    December 17, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Thank you so much. I shared it in my page. 🙂
    https://www.facebook.com/fabricfanatics.shop/

  • Candice Lyons
    December 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Would love to see an update on this quilt. Have just completed a eye-spy baby quilt and have now been inspired to do a long term 2" hexie very big quilt.

  • Teasample loves coffee
    January 31, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Hey Amy, how is your blanket going? Can you update your post?
    You inspired me to use all my collected fabric scrabs to turn them into a beautiful quilt. I started yesterday and already got 130 hexagons 😀 I'm officially addicted!
    I love the fabric you used – somehow they all fit together. That's my goal aswell!
    Thank you so much!!

  • Teasample loves coffee
    February 1, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Hey Amy, how is your blanket going? Can you update your post?
    You inspired me to use all my collected fabric scrabs to turn them into a beautiful quilt. I started yesterday and already got 130 hexagons 😀 I'm officially addicted!
    I love the fabric you used – somehow they all fit together. That's my goal aswell!
    Thank you so much!!

  • HazelxJoy
    February 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Hey, this is beautiful! I found this post via Pinterest as I'm getting close to finishing a quilt of my own. It's taken me almost 2 years and I have 30 more flowers to sew together. I have no idea how to go about making it into a quilt yet, but I'll figure that out when I get that far!
    How are you getting on with yours?

  • Iris Gilbert
    May 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Did Amy ever post a tutorial? I'm trying to follow the pictures, but I need help!

  • Mia is mine
    August 3, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Love it!!!!! Have you linked up to Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday's? Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I love the freedom of choice and time constraints! Absolutely freely drop dead gorgeous!!!

  • Michelle K.
    October 25, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Any updates on this project?

    • amygirly@gmail.com
      October 26, 2016 at 1:29 am

      I sure wish I could give you a better update! It's bigger now, but not quite there yet. I haven't worked on it for months!

  • APgirlinMD
    November 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I have wanted to start crocheting granny squares, but I just cannot seem to make myself pick a color scheme and start. This seems so much better…I can start with whatever fabric I have on hand and get more when I run out. I will definitely be making it for me. I will definitely try using the totally sentimental fabrics from when my kids were little (I saved the crib sheets and some of their clothes for my imaginary, some day quilt). Thank you so much for posting!

    • amygirly@gmail.com
      February 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Oooh, I never thought of saving the crib sheets! I love sentimental fabrics, too!

  • Christine Ward
    February 20, 2017 at 6:39 am

    This caught my eye because I too started a random hexagon quilt about 10 years ago, hand-stitching 100%! I wanted to make a hand-stitched one as my great-grandmother did as a gift to my mom only hers was a grandmother's flower garden design and sadly was never finished. I have the top and it is huge and all hand stitch. My quilt is almost finished and made to fit a queen sized bed, hanging down about 20 inches on 3 sides. I am making it for my wonderful husband. Once the top is complete I will be hand quilting it as well and I'm trying to decide the pattern I want. I wish I could share a photo here as it is very beautiful. I'm so happy to read about someone else doing the same! Kindred spirits!

    • amygirly@gmail.com
      February 22, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Christine! How wonderful! I wish I could see it, too. I bet it's just lovely.