A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon

Our May/June issue has a theme of “Hooked on Hexagons.” I hope you have your copy with its four great hexie projects. We’re taking some time on the blog to talk about hexagons and their possibilities.

QM10513 A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon

It’s been a lot of fun to research the hexagon within the quilting world. At times it’s been a little overwhelming. There are so many resources—myriad ways to create and combine these little darlings. No matter what quilt style you prefer or what techniques you enjoy, you can find a hexagon project that’s just right for you.

Here are a few basics that every hexie fan should know. These facts apply to hexagons where all sides are equal.

hexie1 A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon1. In the quilting world, hexagons are measured by the finished length of one side.

hexie31 A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon2. The distance across a hexagon from point to point is twice the length of one side.

hexie2 A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon3. The distance across a hexagon from side to side is 1.73 times the length of one side.

4. Considering #2 and #3, it’s evident that the distance from point to point is greater than the distance from side to side. When oriented on point as in the diagram directly above, hexagons are taller than they are wide.

hexie41 A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon hexie5 A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon

Hexagons can be oriented with the flat side running horizontally, or on point with a tip at the top and bottom.

hexie7 A Bit About the Infinite HexagonHexagons can be mixed and matched with other shapes in the family of 30, 60 and 90 degrees. They can be divided and subdivided into trapezoids, triangles and diamonds for infinite variety.

Now that we have all that behind us, let the hexie fun begin! Tomorrow: An introduction to Inklingo by its inventor, Linda Franz. You’re gonna love it!


About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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