A Classic Hexagon Quilt using Half Hexagon Quilt Template

I wanted to make a Double Ring Hexagon Quilt. There is a free pattern here : the Double Ring Hexagon Pattern. But I did not want to use English paper piecing, I wanted to it with my half hexagon quilt Template from Carol’s Quilts. This means no x or y seams. Easy for a beginner like me 🙂

double ring hexagon using half hexagons


I used a jelly roll and about 4 fat quarters worth of fabric from my stash to make a single bed quilt. (The hexagon template is a width of a jelly roll and I used Carol’s Quilts 2  1/2 inch ruler to cut stripes from my stash) I cut the half hexagons and lay them out as above. Then I sewed them in stripes:

double ring hexagon using half hexagons strips


Then I sewed the stripes together. The single half hexagons at top and bottom, I pinned to sew later when I put the double hexagons together. When I sewed the stripes I left about half a hexagon length seam  un-sewn so I could join the hexagon double ring strips together more easily.Traditional hexagons with half hexagon - leave seam not finished

I wasn’t sure what fabric I was going to use for the light grey above (the fabric that joins between the double hexagons),  so I left that selection to the end and didn’t sew it on the strips. If you are using a single fabric go ahead and add it  to all your strips. (Feel free to ask questions in the comments if I am not making sense!)

And below is my finished quilt top. It was much, much faster than using the traditional English piecing. I enjoyed making a single double ring in an hour as an evening project. As you can see I used fabric from my stash or left over from the jelly roll to connect the double hexagon rings and it made it look a little scrappy which I like. It would have been lovely with a single fabric as well.

Carol’s Quilt Template includes the additional small pieces that you will need to finish  off the edges of the quilt or you can use a rotary cutter and cut off the small triangles off each strip to make a straight edge on the top and bottom of the quilt. There is a helpful tutorial here for sewing the half hexagons together: it took me a few goes to get it right so that the strips had nice straight edges.
Traditional hexagons with half hexagon



Tarnya is Quilting Focus' webmaster and a beginner quilter who hasn’t ventured much outside pre-cuts and quilting in the ditch. She is excited by modern short cut quilting techniques which makes quilting so much more achievable for those who are quite short on time. She enjoys making quilts for her children who she says do not notice mistakes and feel loved by what she makes. "I appreciate how learning and improving my quilting, cross pollinates into other creative areas of my life: for example colour, balance, proportion are important to quilting, but they are also important to web design."

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