Hexagon Flower Quilt Adventures: A Path to Colorful Creations

Growing up, I was always fascinated by the vibrant quilts my grandmother crafted with love and precision. Each piece told a story, stitched together with threads of family history and tradition. Among these, the “Hexagon Flower Quilt” held a special place in my heart. Inspired by her creations, I embarked on my quilting journey, weaving my own stories into the fabric.


Last year, I took on a project that felt like a homage to those memories—a modern take on the classic Grandmother’s Garden quilt, which I affectionately dubbed the “Hexagon Flower Quilt.” This project was a labor of love, blending traditional techniques with my contemporary vision, and despite the complexity, it brought me immense joy.

A Modern Nod to Tradition

Embarking on the Hexagon Flower Quilt project was like stepping into a blend of past and present. The traditional Grandmother’s Garden quilt, with its myriad of hexagon flowers, always seemed like a daunting task, filled with endless plain spacers. However, I craved the beauty and complexity of the design without the repetition that could dull my enthusiasm. Thus, I adapted the process, making it my own by eliminating the need for spacers.

This not only kept my interest piqued but also allowed me to focus on the creative aspect of crafting each hexagon flower. My version of the quilt became a modern interpretation of a beloved classic, a garden of hexagon flowers blooming across a canvas of fabric without the tedium of traditional methods.


Crafting the Hexagon Flowers: A Journey of Color and Shape

The heart of the Hexagon Flower Quilt lies in its colorful, intricate flowers, each a small masterpiece of fabric and thread. The process begins with selecting the perfect combination of colors and patterns, a creative endeavor that transforms simple fabric squares into petals full of life and vibrancy.

This quilt, with its modern twist on the traditional, challenges and delights in equal measure, offering a fresh perspective on a time-honored technique.


For this quilt, the array of materials brings the vision to life, weaving together the past and present in each stitch. You will need:

  • Fabric Squares: 756 2.5″ squares for the petals, offering a spectrum of colors and textures. I used 18 Moda Mini Charm Packs, embracing a variety of patterns to add depth and diversity to the quilt.
  • Background Fabric: Approximately 3.5 yards, serving as a canvas that allows the hexagon flowers to stand out. This quilt uses the background creatively, eliminating the need for traditional spacers.
  • Hexie Papers: 300 1″ hexie papers to form the flowers. These reusable papers are the foundation of each flower, guiding their shape and ensuring uniformity across the quilt.
  • Thread: A selection of thread colors can add another layer of beauty to the quilt. While I chose off-white for its versatility and subtlety, a light grey or other complementary colors could also work well.

Hexagon Flower

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Preparing to Bloom: Before You Begin

Before diving into the creation of your Hexagon Flower Quilt, take a moment to envision the final piece. Consider the layout, the color palette, and how each element will come together. This quilt is more than just a project; it’s a journey through color, shape, and tradition.

As you prepare your materials and space, think about the stories and memories you’ll stitch into each hexagon flower. Whether you’re making a cozy baby quilt or a larger piece, remember that each step is a building block in a larger tapestry of creativity.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Creating the Hexagon Flower Quilt is a journey of love, patience, and creativity. Here’s how to bring your quilt to life, one hexagon at a time.

  1. Start with a Single Flower
    • Begin by making a hexie flower. Cut 6 petals using 2.5″ fabric squares and one center piece with a 2.5″ square. Each petal and the center will need a 1″ paper hexie for stability.
    • Arrange your hexie petals and center piece into a flower layout you find appealing.
  2. Sewing the Center to Petals
    • Take the center piece and one petal. Place them right sides together and hand sew using a whip stitch from the right edge towards the center. Add a couple of extra stitches at the center for security before sewing down the side.
    • Continue adding petals in this manner. For each new petal, align it right sides together with the previously attached petal and the center, whip stitching from the right towards the center, then down the side.
  3. Completing the Hexie Flower
    • After attaching the first five petals, sew the last petal in place similarly, ensuring to also join the final side to the first petal, closing the flower.
  4. Preparing the Background
    • Take a 7″ background square and fold it in half twice to create crosshair lines. These lines will help you center your hexie flower on the background fabric.
    • Align the notches of the hexie flower with the horizontal line and the top petal centers with the vertical line. Pin the flower in place.
  5. Attaching the Flower to the Background
    • Sew around the flower, close to the edge, to secure it to the background. I recommend using an off-white or light grey thread for a subtle look that complements any color scheme.
  6. Repeat for Each Flower
    • Continue this process to create enough flowers for your quilt. For a twin-sized quilt, aim for 108 blocks in a 9×12 layout.

Additional Tips

  • Consistency is Key: Ensure your hexie papers are uniformly sized for a cohesive look.
  • Iron for Precision: Ironing each flower after removing the paper hexies will keep your quilt looking crisp and professional.
  • Layout Before Sewing: Lay out all your completed blocks before sewing them together to get a sense of the overall design and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Enjoy the Process: Remember, quilting is not just about the finished product but the joy and satisfaction derived from creating something beautiful with your own hands.

Completing the Hexagon Flower Quilt is a monumental achievement that marries tradition with personal creativity. As you stitch the final pieces together, reflect on the journey you’ve undertaken, from selecting fabrics to the final sewing of each hexie flower.

This quilt is not just a warm, decorative piece; it’s a tapestry of your dedication and passion for quilting. Cherish the finished quilt as a testament to your skills and the love woven into every stitch.

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