Friday, October 2, 2015

A Hexie Dilemma

First, let's all give this gorgeous quilt top a standing ovation! This was made by one of my readers, Lou. But Lou has a question for all of us.

She says, "I have a hexie top all done but instead of cutting the hexies in half on the sides to square it up I want to applique them to a border. 
So the question is: 
Do I sew the border together and then applique the top on top or can I do one border side, then the next and then the top and bottom? And if so how do I sew them together? Can't figure that part out:)"

Let's all give a girl some advice! I'll put my 2 cents in tomorrow. I ADORE this quilt!!!

So, yesterday....

Somehow I never picked up a needle and thread OR sat at my BERNINA. It was one of those days...

But other things got accomplished (A/C repaired at condo, grocery shopping done, and  fun lunch with a friend).

Wedding dress fitting with Daughter 2 (YAY!)
Puppy sitting for grand dog tonight

If you follow Hexie Love on Facebook then you know my news. In case you don't:

1. Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts has completely sold out! AQS has no more of them and neither do I. AQS is going to do another printing - very good news!

2.  Quilty Box is joining Hexie Love as a sponsor - yippee! And for you that means giveaways with the magazine starting with the Jan/Feb 2016 issue!


  1. I so want to know the answer to this question because I'm in the same situation. Thanks for posting it.

  2. When I made my hexie interior, I stitched half-hexagons and half-diamonds to the appropriate edges to straighten the edges out. There was NO WAY I was going to cut off the protruding hexies to get a straight edge after taking all that time to stitch them!

    Yes, it did take extra time, but for me, it was worth it. I ended up with a beautifully straight edge on all 4 sides, making it very easy to then stitch my border pieces on.

    If you'd like to see a picture of the finished *top* (it's not quilted as yet), please go to

  3. I'm doing the quilt in The New Hexagon by Katja Marek. She has us applique the sides to their borders, fold down the top & bottom edges of the side borders, then appliqué to the top & bottom. Does that make sense?

    1. It makes a lot of sense, and it is exactly what I do too.

  4. To add borders on this beautiful Henie top I would use length of fabric long enough to to protrude beyond where a mitre would happen. The width of the border times 2 then add the length of the side(s) to it and even add on 6" for wiggle room. Find the center point of each length then appliqué on and stop 1" away from the ends.
    After all four borders are attached then mitre those corners to have the finish it sounds like you want. Hope this explains it well enough.

    1. Quiltsmiles must have been sitting on my shoulder...this is exactly my suggestion. I plan to do the same with a grandma's flower garden under construction. My thanks to Lou for asking and sharing. I went digging in the basement for some boxes of hexies in waiting and they are in preview across the lr floor. Cold, wet, windy day with a 25 degree temperature drop on the east coast. Great day to play with hexies and the camera.

  5. Thank you so much for the ideas. I was thinking more like quilts miles also but will check out what shelley did also. Hopefully I will get a picture posted when it is finished as I will probably need quilting ideas:)

  6. I'd definitely use half hexagons to get a straight outside edge. Adding a regular border, or just binding as is, after that would be simple. The half hexagons can be purchased through a quilt shop or at Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do!

  7. I love to see the 'castelated' edges, extra stitching but so organic looking and less straight/formal edged. Fabulous jade cum turquoise colour that!

  8. What I do is measure a group of hexagons along the side. Let's say that there are 6 hexagons and they measure 10". I cut my border fabrics and I make registration marks every ten inches so that I can line my hexagons up with those marks. By doing this the border lays flat. If you simply applique the borders to a fabric strip it may be wavy and you will not be able to quilt it flat. The measurement based on the number of hexagons will be different on the top and bottom because the hexagons are oriented differently. I did a tutorial on my blog for how I applique my quilt top to my borders if you are interested.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.