Honeycomb Hexagon Quilt

Updated: Aug 29

Here's my take on the classic hexagon quilt that is entirely machine-sewn with the QAYG method.


Honeycomb Hexagon Quilt QAYG Machine Sewn Chair

The hexagon quilt, or hexi quilt, is easy to love. It has an orderly and regular pattern that still looks fluid and intriguing at the same time. It's true what they say, that any pattern that occurs naturally (in this case, the honeycomb) is always beautiful.



honeycomb hexagon quilt green


Honeycomb hexagon quilt hanging on display QAYG machine sewn green and brown

Honeycomb Hexagon Quilt QAYG Machine Sewn Drape


Typically, hexagon quilts are made using the English paper piecing method, which involves lots of hand-sewing, on which I am not particularly keen given my very limited time to indulge in the hobby. Furthermore, I do QAYG (quilt-as-you-go) most of the time due to my small-throat space sewing machine, and the only QAYG version of the hexagon quilt I found online also involved excessive hand basting and stitching.


So while I liked the look of a hexagon quilt, it remained at the back of my mind - until I came across some irrefusable bargains from my local Spotlight for these dainty bee-themed fabrics, which mixed well with my existing stash of pin-dot fabrics in shades of beige and brown.



With the pretty fabrics in hand, I pondered and researched until I finally found a way to make my hexagon quilt the way I want to make it i.e. fully machine-sewn and with the QAYG method. Read on to find out how I did it.

MATERIAL


For the quilt top, I used a combination of quilting cotton (those bee-themed fabrics) and some pin-dot Japanese cotton fabrics that are slightly lighter weight than quilting cotton.


For the batting, I used my thin bamboo batting scraps that were leftovers from all my previous quilts - can I just take this moment to express how satisfying it was to be able to use them all up with almost none going to waste? I was on the verge of binning them before this project!


Choose thin batting for this QAYG method because the batting will be sewn into the seams, so thin battings will prevent bulky seams.

For the backing, I used this honey-gold coloured satin fabric that compensated for the lack of honey colour on the quilt top. This was my experiment with satin backing and boy am I pleased with the result. The subtle glow and spot-on colour of the fabric really made it look like liquid honey!


Honey Gold Satin Fabric

Honey Gold Satin for the Quilt Backing, Fresh Out of Its Mail Packaging


DIMENSIONS


For easy cutting, I decided to base the size of my fabric pieces exactly on my hexagon acrylic ruler. Then, I made a cardstock template that is about 0.5cm shorter on all sides to be used as template to cut my battings pieces. More details in the step-by-step below.

Hexagon Acrylic Ruler and Cardstock Template

With 1 cm seam allowance all around, my finished hexagons have the following dimensions (some dimension is lost in the fold of fabric).


You can make hexagon quilts with any size hexagons, but if you want to machine-piece them like I did, I don't recommend going much smaller than the above-shown measurements, or you will end up with more Y-Seams than you can sanely handle. You can also use any seam allowance you like, as long as you stay consistent throughout.


The finished hexagon quilt featured in this post measured 130 cm x 137 cm. But you can make it as big or as small as you like by simply adding or reducing the number of hexagons in the quilt.


DESIGN


I used the free Quilt Assistant software to design my hexagon quilt, so I knew exactly how many hexagons I needed to cut from each fabric, and in what order I should sew them together.


You can also cut your fabrics first then use a design wall to arrange them to your liking.

HOW TO FULLY MACHINE-SEW A HEXAGON QUILT - Q.A.Y.G. STYLE



STEP 1: CUT HEXAGON FABRICS


Using my acrylic hexagon ruler as the exact measurement, I cut out 147 pieces of hexagons from my fabric pulls. Since I had my design done beforehand, I knew exactly how many hexagons to cut out of each fabric.



STEP 2: CUT HEXAGON BATTINGS


Using the cardstock hexagon template (which is 0.5 cm shorter on all sides), I cut 147 pieces of hexagons from my batting (this is the perfect opportunity to use up all your little pieces of scrap battings!).

hexagon bamboo thin batting