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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

This post is linked up at – Whimsy Wednesday, Wow Me Wednesday, Weekend Re-Treat, Creative Exchange, The Creative Collection, Friday Finds, Link Party Palooza, The Party Bunch, Monday Funday, Totally Talented Tuesdays,

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49 Comments

  • Reply
    The Candlands
    October 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

    OMG, I NEED this in my life. You have (once again) inspired me! Pinning it for sure. And I want to make one for myself too! I love the mixing and matching of any pattern/color!

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      October 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      I knew you'd love it! I just started with scraps that I already had and I'm sure you've got some great fabrics already.

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    Elise
    October 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Your blanket looks absolutely beautiful so far. Way to go! I like to keep my hands busy too and since I'm not a quilter either, I usually crochet.

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      October 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Oh, thank you Elise! I'm totally in awe of people that can crochet!

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    bourbonandbrownsugar
    October 3, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Oh my goodness… I love your fabric choices! What a great project!! So fun to have discovered you on the Weekend Re-Treat 🙂

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      October 3, 2014 at 4:02 am

      It's definitely been a process, but I'm loving the outcome! Weekend Re-treat is one of my favorites!

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    Michelle Medlin
    October 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    This is amazing! And beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Pinning to try it out myself!
    -Michelle @TheGraciousWife.com

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      October 4, 2014 at 2:11 am

      You are so kind! I hope you do try it. It's actually quite satisfying!

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    Cindy Jenkins
    October 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Oh my HOLY BLINDNESS, Batman! So gorgeous! I'd go blind trying to do that. Did I mention gorgeous?

    I found you on Salt and Pepper Moms linky. 🙂

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      October 4, 2014 at 2:13 am

      I know, right Cindy?! There are times where I need to take a break from it because I tend to get lost in the patterns!

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    Michelle {Fun On A Dime}
    October 4, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Way cute! I love this idea! I always make my kiddos a blanket, but I'd probably keep this one for me too!

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    Lea
    October 4, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Lovely! I like using hexagons on my paper crafts. Such a fun shape!
    Found you from Friday Finds.
    Lea @ A Drop of This

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    USS Crafty
    October 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Your hexagons are so cute and colorful!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party!

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    Etcetorize
    October 6, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I love all these patterns. Odours together! I'm inspired to start my own hexagon collection but I'm not sure I have anywhere near as much patience as you do. If you're looking for another place to share your projects, I would love to have you stop by Etcetorize and join our Make it Monday party. It opens on Sunday evenings.

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    Havalah Turner
    October 7, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I love hexagons too, especially love yours!

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    Laura Silva
    October 9, 2014 at 2:57 am

    This is beautiful! I still haven't tried to make any hexagons yet, but I really want to. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange! We are featuring your project this week!
    xo, Laura

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    Kat Jeter
    October 9, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love hexagons, I love the fabrics you've picked…basically I'm just in love…if only I quilted. Sigh, now you've made me want to learn 😉

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      October 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Hey, I really am not a 'quilter'. More like a 'stitcher'!!! You can do it!

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    ilovebrooklyn
    October 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Love it! Do you have a tutorial that shows how to do the stitch on the back of each hexagon as well as how to attach the hexagons together?

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      January 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks! I am actually in the works to putting something together!

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    Mandy Bird
    October 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Oh my word! This is so cute, Amy!

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    Laura
    January 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Love this! And this may be a silly question, but how are you sewing the hexagons together? Are you hand sewing or machine sewing? Is there an inseam? A top stitch? I'm so confused, yet in awe!

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      January 21, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you! I hand stitch it together (because I'm crazy like that!) I am actually in the works to putting a tutorial together!

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    Erika
    January 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    What an awesome project! I think I may have to copy the idea. I've recently started doing hexies and love the hand work aspect of it but wasn't sure what to do with them. I like the idea of a project I can work on whenever I feel like it and pick up and put down as l like.

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      January 28, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks, Erika! I would love to see some of your work when you're done. Have fun!

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    Rachel Moore
    March 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    A completely by-hand hexagon quilt has been on my bucket list for a long time, but it's just so daunting! You may have just given me the encouragement to get started! 🙂

    handcraftedvintage.blogspot.com

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    Suzanne Beech
    May 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Awesome!!! I am making a purple king size 2" hexagon quilt. I am not using cotton but a polyester blend. I have been doing this since Dec 2014 and i just finished the 8th row Sunday night. Sometimes it is just amazing how fast it goes….other times not so fast. Keep up the awesome work!

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      May 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      I totally know what you mean with the time! A purple hexagon quilt would be gorgeous! Have fun.

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    Nancy
    May 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I too love hexie I'm working on a purple background with civil war flowers. I love the peacefulness of doing it. so you rock girl keep going

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      amygirly@gmail.com
      May 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks! It's so great to hear that other people love the same things as I do!

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    Regina Melo-Jocknevich
    May 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    They are beautiful, and like you I love these little hexagons, and I don't call you crazy, I call you a person who knows how to entertain yourself, and knows the value of simple things.

    I just wish I knew how to sew, so I could make them myself.

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    primaryidea
    May 20, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Amy,
    Nancy, you hit the target. There are days when I am almost finish with a sewing project and wonder, what do I start next? I take sometime, two or three days, and then an idea comes to mind. The idea usually comes after I look through pinterest. I saw your hexagons continuing project. Quilting never really caught for me, but this as easy as sewing little pieces together and building a great piece. This project can be taken were ever I go. These simply small pieces can end up great blanket, table cover, etc. Good Idea!

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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/

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    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.

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    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!!

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    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!!

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    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?

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    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!

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    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!!!

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

    Any updates on this project?

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      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!

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    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!

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

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

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    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!

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      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.

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