Monday, December 24, 2012

A Little Christmas Giftie...

I made this little quiltie yesterday afternoon - a gift for my mother-in-law.  Years ago I made her and my mother a little table top quilt stand, just big enough for a 5.5" square quilt.  I gave them each a little Santa quilt to hang in it, with the promise of more quilties for other seasons.  Of course, neither got any more quilties.  :(

I thought my MIL would like this little hexie quiltie to hang in her stand when it's NOT Christmas.  My mother got one just like it except it was made with Dad's shirts.

Please note that I'm now accepting pre-orders for Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts, due out in the Spring!  Yay!

I hope you all have a VERY HEXIE HOLIDAY!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Hexie Christmas Ornament

What a fantastic idea for a hexie ornament!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the jingle bell hanging in the center!  This was made by Wilma Hurley Hennebury.  Great job Wilma and can't wait to see more hexies from you!  (Can you believe this was her first hexie project?)  :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

What Was That Thing?

Remember that blob of hexies?  No one correctly guessed what it is.  So I feel I must reveal its identity. Does the picture help any?

It's a vase of flowers!  But you'll never guess what kind of flowers! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cute Pillow Pattern!

I was looking around Etsy this evening and spotted this adorable hexie pillow pattern.  Aren't the bright colors fun?  And the yellow chair suits it - a nice match.  You can find it here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's a Trend

Check out the latest trend at The Accessory Think Tank - yes, it's HEXIES!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What is it?

I had a couple of good guesses at to what this will be - but neither was correct.  So here's another hint:

This will be stitched to a background just like this.  It will be a wall hanging quilt.  This hexie unit will depict a THING.

I'm not telling you which way it will be oriented.

Now, any more guesses?????

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What I'm Working On...

Here's a sneak peak at some hexie goodness going on around here!  Can you figure out what it is?  Guesses?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Teeny Tiny Hexies!

Here are some cute little hexies I made today - yes, VERY TINY!  What's the smallest hexie you've ever made?  (These are 3/8 inch across.)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Apartment Therapy: Hexies at Home!

Yesterday Apartment Therapy did a post on Hexies at Home - oh, they think like I do!  Check out the link for cool hexie home items along with the sources and prices.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hexagon Star Fragment

How beautiful is this!!!!  This quilt "fragment" was made in the late 1800's; maker is unknown.  I found it here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hexie Pincushion

Is this not the most adorable pincushion you've ever seen?!  I wouldn't even want to stick pins in it!  I wonder how big/small those hexies are - must be pretty little.  This was made by:

Aniza AbdRahim

Great job, Aniza!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hexie Macaron

Look what I happened upon while blog reading this morning!  Oh, I likey!!  Geta Grama created this little gem.  Read more about it here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hexie Home?

I have become so OBSESSED with hexagons!  Every once in a while I'll share a non-quilting hexie item here.

How about some hexie tiles?  I love the interesting dimension they'd give to a wall!

And I would love a hexie chandelier over my dining room table.  Would you decorate with hexies?  I sure would!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Neutral Hexies

I adore this lovely quilt.  It's on the Tutorial page of Tallgrass Prairie Studio .  I do love these grays.  Soft and soothing.  Ahhh.....

Another Hexie Elephant?

Look at this little gem!  It appears someone made it from an old Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  I love that the flower is centered on it's side!  This was spotted for sale at a new arts/crafts shop in Tuscaloosa, AL, called The Makers Market.  Artists of all genres can sell their works there - I would love to go visit!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hexie Floor

I have a severe case of Floor Envy.  Kara Paslay put this in her loft.  I love everything about it, especially the color combination.  Sigh.....

Check out Kara Paslay Designs for the tutorial.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hexie Dress

My next project?  I don't think so, but I do love it!  This image came from Mark Lipinski's Facebook page.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We Have a Book Cover!

TA DAH!!!! Peggy and I are so excited!  Here's the cover of our new book - Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts.  Love that green color!

It will be published in Spring, 2013!  YAY!  YAY!  YAY!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Becky Goldsmith's Hexies

Are these not the cutest hexie flowers you've ever seen?  Becky Goldsmith is one half of the infamous Piece O'Cake designers.  She plans to use these as flower centers.

I love her use of modern, graphic fabrics.  And the fussy cutting!  Beautiful!

Thanks Becky, for letting me share your work....

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Father's Shirts

Sorry for the long break.  My father died on September 2 and my life was a bit upside down for a couple of weeks.  I brought home all his shirts to make quilts for my mother, my brother, and myself.

I've been playing around with the shirts a bit, trying different patterns and techniques.  The fabric is very thin and flimsy.  Even with heavy starching, they are hard to work with.  Then the light bulb went off!  HEXIES!  Of course!

One big hexie centered on a square of fabric.  Nice and graphic.  Simple (important since I'm making three of these quilts).  And our hexie technique works so well with any fabric!  So glad I have my decision on how to use the fabric.  Let the cutting and sewing begin!

By the way Peggy and I should hear ANY DAY NOW about the publishing date for our hexie book!  You'll be the first to hear and to see the cover!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hexie Elephant!

This ADORABLE softie comes from my friend, Gerda, of Birmingham, AL.  What a phenomenal idea to use hexies to make a softie!  Gerda wrote to me that she made this for her grandchild who is due in October.  It matches the fuchsia stroller they have ready for her, so she'll have a matching pal while she rolls in style!

Gerda said she got the pattern (FREE!) at Bustle and Sew.

I LOVE this idea!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hexie Hoop for Moms

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!  This is by Anna from The Joy Cottage.  Only five hexies, but how cute do they look?!  And a sweet Bible verse embroidery.  Anna sold these in her Etsy shop for Mother's Day, but I can see doing something similar for gifts for all kinds of occasions.

Thanks so much, Anna, for letting me share your work!

I'd love to share your hexie project, too, even it's it how your store your hexies, or a photo of big pile of hexies.  Or how about a photo of WHERE you hexie!  In front of the TV?  By the pool?  In carpool line?  On an airplane?  My e-mail in in the right sidebar -

Have a happy hexie day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ombre Hexies!

This is a new project I'm working on - gotta love those colors, so cool and refreshing!  Wish I could show you more, but I can't - shhhh, don't tell anyone, but it may end up an another book!  Shhh!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lucy's Daughter

I'm finally back after moving to another city.  Yay, we're almost done unpacking and I'm raring to get back on the hexie train.

Kelly, from, sent me this photo, saying:

Hello, I have attached a picture of one of my Mom's Hexie quilts for you to share.  My Mom, Lucy, hand pieced and hand quilted all of her quilts.  Grandma's Flower Garden was her absolute favorite pattern and each of her 5 kids as well as her siblings, cousins and close friends all have at least one of Mom's hexie quilts.  I was lucky enough to inherit several of her quilts when she passed and  I also inherited her passion for hexies!
Best of luck on your blog and your book!

Can you even begin to imagine?  That's a TON of Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts!!!!!  I would have loved to have known Lucy and seen her at work.  Kelly, how lucky you are to be in possession of these masterpieces!  Thanks for sharing!

If you have a hexie quilt to share, please let me know!

Monday, June 11, 2012


I'm moving this week.  Excuse me while I take a break.  Be back soon with lots of hexie goodness!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hexie Bib!

Who can resist a hexie bib?  Absolutely adorable!  This was made by Nettie Pete - her blog is  It looks like some fussy cutting was done - love me some fussy cutting!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hexie Pillow!

Isn't this colorful?  Angela Pingel designed this project and she even has a tutorial HERE.  Her blog is new to me, but I'll definitely be adding it to my list to read.  I suggest you go there immediately in fact!  She got pictures there of a new sewing room.....DROOLING.

As someone who is moving to a new house in the next few weeks, I may steal some of her ideas!  Thanks, Angela, for letting me share!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Log Cabin Hexie!

Isn't this unique?  This eye-catching log cabin hexie is by Sandi Suggs of Chattanooga, TN.  I love the color combination and the contrast between the "logs."  Sandi is definitely a HEXIE LOVER!  I'll be sharing more of her work, so stay tuned!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Gerda's Hexies!

Gerda sent me a picture of her fresh hexie quilt - reminds me of sherbet!  Yum!

Gerda is a good friend from the Birmingham Quilters Guild.  She used our new hexie technique (from our upcoming book) to make these.  She doesn't have a picture of the finished quilt, but I saw it - beautiful!

Thanks for sharing, Gerda!

FYI, I realized this afternoon that the e-mail link on the sidebar wasn't working.  All fixed now!  So if you have a hexie quilt, sent me a photo.  I'd love to share it here!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Colorful Hexie Diamonds

I'm so excited to share another blogger's work-in-progress.  Her name is Katherine Kelly-Ballinger and her blog is  What a FABULOUS hexie design.  This is the ultimate scrap project - wouldn't you agree?  And the black and white borders set the quilt off so nicely.  I can't wait to follow the progress of this one!

Do you have a hexie project to share?  Contact us!  E-mail address on sidebar.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mini Quilt with Hexies

The following post is from my co-author, Peggy G. Rhodes!

Looking for the perfect special occasion gift?  My good friend, Virginia Bonham, gave me one of the Ackfeld Table Stands for Quilts for my Birthday along with a November themed mini-quilt.  Each month on the day of my birthday (6th) she gives me a new quilt for the next month.  Of course, May had to be flowers and you can imagine my delight when I saw the great hexie flowers with yellow button centers.  Since we submitted our book manuscript about Hexies during May, this quilt will always have a special place in my heart.  It is truly wonderful to be remembered in such a nice way each month.  ----Peggy

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

An Etsy Find

Isn't this lovely?  You can find it for sale HERE!  The maker says it is 32" square and the hexies are only 3/4"!  TINY!

I see so many different edge finishes on hexies quilts; this one is squared off with that wonderful bias cut striped binding - LOVE IT!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hexies on the Brain!

Bonnie Hunter has a WONDERFUL post about hexies with lots of pictures today!  Check it out:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quilt Pro - Designing Quilts on a Mac

While Peggy and I were working on hexie quilt designs for the book I got really tired of coloring on hexagon graph paper.  I have a Mac computer, and most quilt design software (including EQ) doesn't come in a version for Mac's.  

I discovered Quilt-Pro.  It works for Mac's and has the ability to design hexie quilts!  Yay!

Here's a design I came up with that was not included in the book - but I still love it!  So graphic, yet simple.  I can see the green hexes done in a variety of color, even scrappy!  It would also make a great border design for a quilt.  Or how about a tote bag?  Lots of possibilities here!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Who doesn't love a traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden?!  I love those side borders with a zig zag row of pink, white, and green.  That's the maker, Ozell Womack from Woodville, AL.  Peggy and I owe so much to her!  You'll learn more about that in the book, I promise.  But for now, just enjoy her quilt!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcome to The Hexie Blog!

You heard it here first!  Our upcoming book (to be published by the American Quilter's Society) is all about the wonderful hexagon.  We prefer to call them hexies.  We LOVE hexes!  We love them little, big, solid or print, modern and traditional!  We are obsessed with hexies!  And we know many of you are, too!

Who are we?  Dr. Peggy G. Rhodes (standing) and Julia C. Wood (most people call me Judy).  We met in our local quilt guild - the Birmingham Quilters Guild.  I (Julia/Judy) will be handling this blog, though I'm sure Peggy will be dropping in here and there.  

We decided to team up for this book last year; we've had a blast designing and making hexie quilts, most of them with a modern twist.

We make our hexies differently than most quilters; but we are not allowed to share our technique until the book comes out.  Stay tuned!  I know you'll find it to be the fastest and easiest way to make hexies that you've ever tried!

We continue to be amazed at all the fun designs that can be made with hexies.  Have you made a hexie quilt?  We'd love to share it here!  Send us an e-mail with a picture and some info about your quilt.  Did you design it yourself?  We want to hear all about it!  

We want this to be your go-to site for hexie inspiration! 

Sending us a picture automatically gives us permission to publish it here on the blog, so please don't send a picture of someone else's quilt.

Won't it be fun to have a show and tell "Hexie" style?  Let's get started! If you have a hexie quilt to share, e-mail us!