Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Week One of our GEM COLLECTOR Sew along

I have to admit, I'm VERY excited to share with you - my method of creating Hexagon Squares. As mentioned before, this is a no fuss straight machine stitching technique.

Today I will be providing your cutting instructions and would just like to add a gentle reminder that the instructions I'm providing are my own personal property.
These are free for you to use for personal use, but please do not copy any of my materials to distribute.
At the end of the month if you wish to have a "hard copy"/original pattern, I will offer it for sale on my blog. we go

IF you wish to Paper Piece this pattern then you will need to set aside:
Table Runner: 32 print fabric 5" Charm squares (for your hexagons)
Table Square: 42 print fabric 5: Charm squares

If you wish to rotary cut and sew your blocks you will need to cut your hexagon fabrics to measure 5" wide x 4-1/2" high.

Fold your fabric in half to measure 5" wide x 2-1/4".

Center your 60 degree triangle ruler over the folded fabric. Align the bottom edge of the ruler against the bottom of the folded fabric along the crease line. The edges of the ruler should align with the edges of the fabric in between the 4" and 4-1/4" lines. (at 4-1/8")

Cut the corners off of your folded rectangle as shown below.

Open your folded fabric and you will have your hexagon shape. It already includes 1/4" seam allowances.

Next you will cut the 4 outside sections of your hexagon squares.
IMPORTANT Whether you choose to rotary cut OR paper piece these blocks - you will still cut your background sections out following the instructions below.

Table runner - Cut 5 strips of fabric 3-1/4" x width of fabric.
Table Square - cut 7 strips of fabric 3-1/4" x WOF.
(depending on how wide your fabric is you may need an additional strip

Align the bottom edge of your triangle ruler to the bottom edge of your fabric strip along the 4-1/4" marked line.

Look to the right and you will see that I aligned the side edge of the fabric along the SOLID CENTER LINE. This includes your 1/4" seam line on the ruler.

Rotary cut along the 60 degree slanted edge of the ruler.

Turn your ruler upside down on your fabric strip - again align the 4-1/4" line on the ruler to the edge of the fabric and cut.

Now you will have a pair of stretched out triangle sections. To cut this triangle in half properly you will align your 6" square ruler along the top (shortest side) of the fabric triangles. Measure over 3/4" from the edge of the triangle and cut down the center as shown below:


Continue cutting your triangle sections out of your fabric strips in the manner. You will need to cut out 64 pairs of these 1/2 triangle sections for the Table Runner. (128 pieces total)
or 84 pairs of 1/2 triangle sections for the Table Square. (168)

That's your assignment for the week!
If you wish to paper piece these blocks, next week I will provide a link for you to copy and print the block. The pattern will be free ONLY next week. After that, I will have it available as an instant download for $2.

Once you've chosen your fabrics for this project and have posted a discussion to your blog - please be sure to add a picture link below so we can pop over for a visit!


  1. Thank you Doreen! This will be fun to learn a new technique for hexies. Looking forward to this one!

  2. Looking forward to making these hexies ! Love your fabric choice for this quilt

  3. I really want to try to sew them on the machine so I will have to figure out how to use my 60* on my ruler and mat since I don't have that ruler.

  4. Good morning! Just to let you know, I have no idea what I'm doing, but I would really like to join your Gem Collector Sew Along. This is the first time I have ever joined a Sew Along, but your introduction and instructions on how to make the Hexi's made me want to take the leap. I have created a blog in Blogspot, (Grammy Quilts)but I'm not sure what I need to do next to link into the Sew Along. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Kathy

    1. Just checking to make sure this went through ok. Take care, Kathy

  5. Wow - I started off just cutting out one hexie and then compared it to one of my hexie rulers - it came out perfectly equal on all six sides - awesome. Now I feel confident to go ahead and cut out the rest of my charm pack. Thanks for these great instructions!

  6. Hey Doreen,
    I had a few minutes this evening to star cutting my hexagons. Is that a typo where you fold the fabric and it measures 5" by 4 1/4"? Should it be 2 1/4"?

  7. since I don't have the ruler I am having some problems cutting out the triangles. Could you please tell me what the width is of the bottom of the triangle? The top is 1 1/2" is that correct?

  8. Never mind. I will wait for your template for the paper piecing. Sorry to bother you again.


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