Tutorial: English Paper Piecing – Hexagon Flowers

Here is a little project I have been working on for at least a year. I pull it out ever so often and work on a few blocks at a time. I am hoping to create enough flowers for at least a baby quilt.

Recently, my younger girls wanted to learn to sew by hand. This was a nice project for them because it uses paper templates. Even with uneven sewing, their blocks turned out very sharp. Maddie turned hers into a pot holder and Hannah is going to make a doll quilt when hers is completed.

What You Will Need:

Hexagon Template – I find it best to print these out on card stock. Make sure that they are cut out exactly on the lines. Also, when printing, make sure the “scaling” setting is set to NONE. If you prefer a larger hexagon template, please see my downloads page.

Fabric scraps – Cut your scraps into 2 inch blocks

Getting Started: Making the Flower

1. Cut out paper templates.

2. Take one hexagon template and lay it on a fabric block. Trim edges to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance (or more) around the edge of the template.

3. Folding over one side of the fabric, baste the fabric to the template. Work your way around the hexagon, turning down each side and basting it to the template as you move around.

4. Continue creating hexagons until you have 7 of them. I like to use printed fabrics for the six petals, then a solid fabric for the middle.

5. Taking two hexagons, place them right sides together. Whip stitch a pair of edges together, being careful not to stitch the paper template (we will remove it later).

6. Pick up another hexagon and sew it to the next edge.

7. Sew side seam together. You will have to fold the middle hexagon in half so that the two side pieces can be placed right sides together.

8. Continue until all the hexagons are sewn together.

Creating the Quilt Block

Now that you have a flower sewn together, it is time to create a quilt block with it. There are two different methods for sewing the flower. This method removes the paper templates before the flower is sewn to the fabric.

1. Press the flower using a steam iron. Make sure to press the back side, holding the iron in one place for several seconds. You want to make sure the edges of the flower are set before taking the paper out. You can even use starch on them if you prefer.

2. Carefully cut out the basting stitches, then remove the paper templates.

3. Take a block of fabric (I am using 8 1/2 inch blocks here) and press it flat.

4. Fold the fabric into fourths. Align the flower with the folds of the block of fabric. Pin the flower to the fabric.

5. Unfold the block and pin the entire flower to it.

6. Place block in an embroidery hoop. Sew the flower to the fabric using a blind hem stitch. This is the same stitch I use for my quilt binding.

7. Remove block from hoop. Press (I still need to do this) and use in a block setting of your choice. I plan on turning the blocks into snowball blocks (triangles in each corner) and then using sashing between all sixteen blocks. Hopefully it won’t take me another year to finish!

Ideas

Just a few ideas to use these hexagon flowers…

of course, many different quilt settings including Grandmother’s Flower Garden
pot holders
baby bibs
Christmas stockings
table runner

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Comments

  1. I love quilting! Beautiful work you have done and a great tutorial for anyone wanting to try. Make sure you share your finished project!!!

    • Thanks Michele! I am halfway done with the flowers, but maybe with winter coming I will have some time to work on them. The problem is that I get distracted with other projects and don’t focus on one.

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