Hooked Hexagons – a block tutorial

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This is a great quilt block to show off larger pieces of your favorite prints. I’m providing measurements for a 12 1/2″ block and a 10″ block, so you’ll have your choice – the 12 1/2″ block is a great one for using fat quarters, and the 10″ block is designed for use with a layer cake.

Materials needed:
for each 12 1/2″ block:

  • 1 – 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ (print) **
  • 2 – 4″ x 5.5″ (print)
  • 2 – 4″ x 5.5″ (background color)
  • 2 – 3.5″ x 3.5″ (background color)

*You can make 2 blocks from each fat quarter (using either a directional or non-directional print). If you have yardage, you can make two blocks from a 6.5″ strip of fabric cut across the width (non-directional prints).

**This quilt uses both full blocks and half blocks. For the half blocks, I like making a full block and cutting it in half. In order to do this, you’ll need to adjust the dimensions of your main rectangle, cutting it at 7″ x 12 1/2″.

Sizing:

Baby quilt – The quilt top shown in this tutorial is baby sized, measuring about 48 1/2″ x 60 1/2″. It uses a total of 20 blocks – 18 full blocks and 4 half blocks. You could make this out of 10 FQs (or add in additional fabrics if you’d like more variety). You’ll need approximately 1 yard of background fabric.

Throw – The aqua, gold & gray quilt top shown here is a larger version – a generous throw – and measures about 60 1/2″ x 72 1/2″. It uses a total of 30 blocks – 27 full blocks and 6 half blocks. You could make this out of 15 FQs (or add in additional fabrics if you’d like more variety). You’ll need approximately 1 3/4 yards of background fabric.

for each 10 1/2″ x 10″ block:

  • 1 – 5.5″ x 10″ (print) **
  • 2 – 3.5″ x 4.5″ (print)
  • 2 – 3.5″ x 4.5″ (background color)
  • 2 – 3″ x 3″ (background color)

*The 10″ block (I know, it’s not an exact square block, but I didn’t want to fiddle with the measurements anymore!) is ideal for use with a layer cake – you will need one 10″ square of printed fabric for each block. Instructions below are shown for the 12 1/2″ block, but are the same for this block, though you’ll end up with a 10 1/2″ x 10″ block.

**This quilt uses both full blocks and half blocks. For the half blocks, I like making a full block and cutting it in half. In order to do this, you’ll need to adjust the dimensions of your main rectangle, cutting it at 6″ x 10″.

Sizing:

Playmat – The Collage quilt top shown here is essentially a square, measuring about 40 1/2″ x 38 1/2″. It uses 16 blocks – 14 full blocks and 4 half blocks. You’ll need 16 – 10″ squares of printed fabrics and about 3/4 yard of background fabric. (Of course you can adjust the number of blocks to make a larger quilt, but you’ll need to adjust your fabric requirements accordingly!)

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This block is made up of one large rectangle, bordered on either long side by 2 half rectangle triangle blocks sewn to a background square. Half rectangle triangles are made in a similar manner to making half square triangles, though due to the nature of rectangles, you’ll have to make sure you make two with the diagonal seam running from the bottom left to the top right, and two that are a mirror image, with the diagonal running from the bottom right to the top left. This tutorial, written by Latifah Saafir, is a great one for showing how the half rectangle triangles are made and squared up.

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Follow this tutorial to make 4 half rectangle triangles. Latifah provides instructions for squaring up the blocks, but I had trouble using that method to reliably square up my blocks. Surprisingly enough, I found I had the best luck by making up paper templates and using those to trim my blocks. Blocks should be trimmed to 3 1/2″ x 5″. (Blocks for the 10″ square should be trimmed to 3″ x 4″)

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If you’d like to do the same, you’ll need to cut two paper rectangles that measure 3 1/2″ x 5″. (3″ x 4″ for the 10″ block). Measure in and mark 1/8″ from the bottom left and the top right of one template, and the bottom right and top left on the other template. Draw a diagonal line connecting the two points. I marked a “p” and “w” to indicate which side would be the printed and white.

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Lay the template over your ironed block and trim.

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You’ll end up with a block that looks like this. With the diagonal seam offset by 1/8″, you’ll have correct 1/4″ seam allowances once you sew these blocks to your other pieces (don’t ask me to explain why – it’s way too taxing for my poor brain!)

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Sew two diagonal blocks to the 3 1/2″ square background piece, as shown in the photo above. Iron seams, and then sew each resulting piece to the large rectangular printed piece.

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And voila! A nice 12 1/2″ square block.

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Any questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll answer there!

 

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17 Responses to Hooked Hexagons – a block tutorial

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    Jan says:

    No questions, great tutorial.

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    Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! This is such a fun quilt. I just had to comment on your photoshoot location for the top picture. I saw it and said: “Hey! That’s the bottom of Church St!”

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    Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Always very clear and understandable. Can’t wait to select fabrics.

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    Ivy says:

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial! :)

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    heatherly says:

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the tutorial. Love your photo location! Is that Church St, Burlington? I lived there in the early 1990’s and miss it terribly!!

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    Amanda Wulf says:

    Awesome quilt! Thank you so much for the tutorial! You always do great work!

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    Jenn says:

    I have a stack of fabrics waiting to be quilted and when I saw your beautiful quilts in this pattern I just knew this is what my fabrics need to be. So glad for the tutorial. Thank you!

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    Mary says:

    I recognized Church Street too–I grew up in Burlington! You must have taken this photo early in the morning before it gets crowded.

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    Camilla says:

    Thanks so much for working this up as a tutorial. It’s stunning and would be great for those larger scale fabrics one wants to show off! I’ll definitely make this one day!

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    Dawn says:

    This is a great quilt! Thanks for the tute, too. I can’t help but wonder where you took the picture. It is a great background and I’d love to know where it is because it looks so familiar.

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    Kami says:

    Love the pattern, thank you for sharing it! I just finished a top of one (baby quilt size) and it was so much fun. I can’t wait to finish it and make another!

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    Lynn says:

    How are you going to quilt this one? Thanks, it is beautiful!

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    Linda medley says:

    Thank you so much! Can’t wait to get started!

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