Sewing Hexagons and Triangles Together

by Chiara
(Duisburg, Germany)

Hi Gloria. In what order should I sew six square triangles to a central hexagon in order to obtain in the end a bigger hexagonal block (see picture)? I have seen a wonderful hexagonal quilted potholder at a friend's house and I would like to make a similar one for a wedding present.

My friend cannot help me as she bought it long ago in another country and is no quilter herself. I am a beginner, so I just tried to sew a first triangle to a side of the hexagon (sewing only until half the hypotenuse). Then I sewed the second triangle's shortest side to the second half of the hypotenuse of the first triangle. Then I noticed that the fabric had got all deformed!

I don't know how to go on and if there is a way to save my project. Have I got it all wrong? Should I use another technique or just do it in another order?

In the meantime, I've made four potholders for my friend who's getting married, out of your first four lessons. Thanks for the very clear explanations! Yet, I would like so much to understand how the hexagonal one was to be sewn. Thank you very much in advance for your help!

Chiara, did you try to upload a photo with your question? If so, I didn't receive it. A photo would help me to visualize what you're asking.

Hexagons can be complicated creatures. Normally, beginners don't attempt to sew them. That's because it takes precision and skill to sew them together accurately. But if you're up to the challenge, then go for it.

By reading your question, I'm guessing you're trying to sew triangles to the outer edges of the hexagon. If I'm correct, this hexagon demonstration should help.

Page 1 Hexagon Directions
Page 2 Hexagon Directions

If this isn't what you had in mind, please send another photo. I hope this helps.

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