Pieced Hexies: Guest Post and Two Giveaways!

Today we’re talking about hexagons again!

Ruth Wasmuth from Lafayette, Indiana was a member of Quiltmaker’s original Scrap Squad in 2011.

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Ruth Wasmuth

When I heard that she was making pieced hexagons using Mickey Depre’s book and method, Pieced Hexies, I asked right away if she’d tell us about her experience.


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Ruth’s friend Leslie Claypool, also from Lafayette, is today’s co-star.

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A Whole New Hexie

by Ruth Wasmuth

Many years ago I started a Grandmother’s Flower Garden, after seeing one that my friend Cathy was working on.

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I still work on it occasionally when I’m in the car for long periods of time.

Following Mickey Depre on Facebook led me to invite her to our guild, Common Threads of Lafayette, Indiana, for a program and workshop. Some of the blocks we made are below.

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They are based on her new book Pieced Hexies, which is just wonderful!


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Some of the people attending the workshop are pictured below.

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I said to the group, “Let me get a different angle,” meaning I was going to stand on a chair.

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Most of them had their own idea of a different angle! One of my friends, Leslie Claypool (in the red at the end of the table) has really embraced making pieced hexies. I think her mind works in a way that is very similar to Mickey’s.

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Here is what Leslie has made so far. She doesn’t have a plan for them, just enjoys making them. (Editor’s note: Hurrah! Leslie understands that you can be creative just for the fun of it!!!)

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Here are my fabric choices (above).


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And my almost finished blocks, above and below.

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Making these hexies is rather like making a stack ‘n whack or 4-patch posie quilt, as there are many ways they can be put together.

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Above are the six ways this flower can be arranged, just by rotating the hexagons.

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Here again are my very old Grandmother’s Flower garden blocks. They were stitched with a whipstitch while lying right sides together. Even though I used silk thread, you can still see those tiny stitches (below).

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Mickey taught us to stitch them together lying flat, next to each other. The result is much cleaner and there are no little stitches showing on the right side. (Find instructions on page 11 of Mickey’s book.)

I love that I can do the initial sewing for these in my sewing room and then sit in the living room with my family and stitch them together. I can get many different looks from the same hexagons depending how I place them around the center hexagon. Truly, the sky’s the limit! The possibilities are endless!

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Kind of gets your creative juices flowing, doesn’t it?! Wow. As if that’s not enough, Mickey posts free Pieced Hexie Star patterns posted monthly on her blog. You’ll definitely want to go see them!

She also has acrylic templates on the market: Pieced Hexies Acrylic Value Pack – 7-Piece Set for $44.95.

 Pieced Hexies: Guest Post and Two Giveaways!

Today I have a copy of Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre for giveaway to a lucky Quilty Pleasures reader.

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Please leave a comment here by midnight Sunday, April 21 for your chance to win. We’ll choose a winner and announce it here next week. Good news! Mickey Depre is so pleased with the response here that she has generously added another book to the giveaway. In addition, she is offering free media mail shipping for anyone who orders a copy of Pieced Hexies from her website by April 27, 2013 at midnight. Just enter the word QUILTMAKER in the comments section when making payment and Mickey will refund Economy Mail shipping costs. Good luck!

The winners are #23 Janet and #151 Leanne. Each will receive a copy of Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre. Reminder: Mickey is offering free media mail shipping for anyone who orders a copy of Pieced Hexies from her website by April 27, 2013 at midnight. Just enter the word QUILTMAKER in the comments section when making payment and Mickey will refund Economy Mail shipping costs.

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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180 Responses to Pieced Hexies: Guest Post and Two Giveaways!

  1. Carlene Salois says:

    I have never been a friend of Hexies but I LOVE these pieces ones. Pick me, pick me!

  2. Terri says:

    I’m very intrigued by these hexies. I’ve been working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden for over a year (here and there, not continuously) and I’m ready to expand my horizons. These look like a great way to use up scraps! Please pick me to win the book.

  3. Leslie says:

    Thanks for a chance to win this book. I have drooled over it since it came out, it is definitely on my Gotta Have list.

  4. Tami Chaulk says:

    I have seen this book advertised on Quiltville but haven’t really gotten too interested in hexies until today. I just love how you can get some many different looks from the same hexies just by rotating them around the center one. I would love to win this book!

  5. Anne Passafiume says:

    Looking for a hand project and this book would give me a kick start.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  6. DianeH says:

    Fabulous! It’s always great to see a creative thinker come up with something new in quilting. Well done.

  7. Carole Sullivan says:

    loved reading your story about Mickey! I spent several days in her classes last week! she is much fun!

  8. Linda Webster says:

    What a great giveaway. I love hexies!

  9. E. Engman says:

    i really love how the variations occur just by rotating individual elements. Cool color choices in the blog, too.

  10. Linda says:


  11. Penny R says:

    These look like fun to make. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Jennifer Padden says:

    I was very intrigued when you came to our guild in Austin, TX. One of my daughter’s weddings was that following weekend and my head was not in the guild activities that week. How I wish I had purchased your book then so I need to win it now !

  13. I was afraid to try hexies. This makes it look much more interesting and achievable. I would love to have this book and give them a try. Thank you for a chance to win it!

  14. Judy Crowell says:

    I am in love with hexies, and didn’t think I would like the pieced ones, since I am partial to the old traditional patterns. However, I really do like them! Especially the red/white/black ones! This rocks!

  15. Margaret Dukes says:

    I would absolutely, positively Love, Love, Love to win the EQ7 program. I have long admired and wished that I owned it! On my street, there are FIVE of us who are quilters, and the majority of the ladies are elderly and some not able to get out much. If I win EQ7, I would love to assist these ladies by helping design blocks for them. It would be so beneficial to them!! I really appreciate the fact that EQ figures the yardage, allows block sizing, and so very many wonderful features. Thanks!!!

  16. Karen says:

    I’ve been wanting to try hexies for a while now. After seeing this post my interest has increased. Such a modern, fresh twist on an old favorite.

  17. Nancy Myers says:

    I never thought hexies would grab my interest, but these sure did! Wow, I think I could do a few small projects with these great looks.

  18. Krista Y. says:

    I recently took an EPP class from Vicki Bellino and I would really love to win this book so I can jazz up my hexies! Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. Chyree says:

    Grandmother’s Flower Garden is the pattern I chose to hand piece(just to say I’d done one in my lifetime) and I’ve been working on it for “several” years. But I fell in love with hexagons even before that. They are so versatile and perfect for a take along project. Half hexes are awsome too. I can’t wait to own this book.

  20. i would love to learn something new thanks

  21. K B Parnell says:

    Had never “looked” at hexagons this way. Thx for “opening” my eyes to a whole new concept. Looks like lots of fun to play around with…the possibilities are endless! Would really enjoy trying out some new creations this way!!

  22. Oh, wow! This looks like fun! My head is already spinning with all the new fun that this technique will open up. I can’t wait to try it!

  23. Maxine Reece says:

    I would love to do something with hexies. I have a flower garden quilt my Granny made for me in the mid-1950′s. I’m impressed with the modern looks especially the ones in red, black and white, actually they would look great in most color combinations.

  24. Nancy N says:

    I have been desiring Mickey Depre’s book for quite some time. Would love to receive a copy of it. Although I am still doing a traditional GFG, would love to begin a pieced hexie project.

  25. Liz says:

    I make hexi’s while watching tv. It is very fun and rewarding to me.
    I love the different hexi’s you feature and would to like to learn more about them from your book.
    Good Luck everyone!

  26. Johanna Lovering says:

    Love the pieced hexes! Thanks for sharing your workshop.

  27. Lisa McGriff says:

    I would like to have this book just to see how she pieces them together without the threads showing.

  28. Kelly Cline says:

    I am a hex freak, so I’m so excited to see this book! Will of course buy it if I don’t win it!!

  29. Carolyn says:

    Mickey is a fountain of creative ideas when it comes to pieced hexies. I love what you have done with them. Red, black and white are always a good combination.

  30. Mary C in WA says:

    I’d love to learn this new way of making Hexies and hiding the stitches sounds great too. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  31. Lori says:

    Wow, this is fantastic! What a great way to give an exciting new look to traditional hexies! You just gotta love hexies! I’d love to try this!

  32. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    What an amazing book!! Thank you for the chance to win it..

  33. Christine Archer says:

    I love doing handwork and want to learn English paper piecing.

  34. Sheri Bord says:

    Not familiar with this book, but really want to own it now after seeing the many ideas in your post… Love the black/red/white with musical theme. Would be a perfect block addition for the backing design for a quilt I’m working on for my music teacher niece !!

  35. Regina says:

    Just getting into hexies – this book looks like much fun!

  36. Jeanne says:

    This would be a great book to win. Thanks for the chance.

  37. Patti says:

    Hexies look very interesting; I’ve never made them so I’d love to win the book and see what I can do!

  38. Michele Etter says:

    I love hexi’s and the whole paper piecing process! Already have a flower garden in the works. Just saw this book and this method and can’t stop thinking about all the different ways I can make hexi’s with this! I turn 50 next week and I’m always looking to learn something new! I would love to win this book!!!!

  39. Emily K says:

    Just started to make hexies. This book should be a great help and inspiration.

  40. Charmaine Kramer says:

    What an amazing book by a very taleneted lady. I love hexies and these are an absolute inspiration for my next quilt. Thank you very much for the chance to be in the draw to be the proud owner of this one. :-)

  41. nel fraker says:

    Would love to win this book and try a new way to craft.

  42. Teri powers says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I am learning to expand my quilting skills

  43. Valerie A. Clark says:

    I love getting new quilting books. Thanks for making this one available.

  44. Diana says:

    I would love to win this book. I am just starting a hexi quilt & it would help me a lot to decide what to do with my pieces!

  45. Darlene Thompson says:

    I have this book, love it! Also have Mickey’s course, Pieced Hexies, from Craftsy.com
    Excellent course!!!!
    If I won this book I would give to my sister Gladys.
    Gladys does hand stitched quilts. Hand stitches from start to finish. She has also taught hand quilting at Senior Group in Langley, B.C. Canada.
    I am just learning to machine quilt, and loving it.




  46. Barbara says:

    I think hexies would be a wonderful project to take on my long commute to work (52 miles on way). Don’t worry! My husband drives and my car projects keep us married.
    Thanks for the give away.

  47. Judy White says:

    Wow…What amazing ‘out of the box’ variations to the traditional hexagons! I love them!!!!

  48. Michele Groth says:

    I love hexes! These pieced ones are very cool!

  49. LizA. says:

    I have been looking for this book locally and haven’t found it yet. I just love all the great new designs.

  50. I absolutely LOVE working with hexies. I fall into the category of I like to make them with no purpose. I like to take small bits of scraps and make a hexie or two out of it. Then I add it to my hexie collection to play with at a later date.

  51. Denise says:

    I love hexies! I’ve been thinking about doing one of these for a few years now and have just printed off pages and pages of 1/2″ (somewhere around 800-900) for a some kind of project. :D I’ve been actually thinking of using HST’s that I have already made up for this and DANG you show this book and have given me a whole different host of ideas. Really, I think I NEED this book. ;)

  52. Carol says:

    I’ve always wanted to use hexegons but haven’t tried them yet. Thank you for the chance win the book.

  53. kathy h says:

    I have admired the hexies for a long time but haven’t tried any. The method in the book sounds like it would be easier than I thought.

  54. Kathy Flores says:

    I am hooked on hexie! Can’t stop making them! Love new ideas!

  55. Rina Mason says:

    Haven’t heard of the book until now but looks like I need to add it to my collection. Love all the different looks you can achieve.

  56. Hanke says:

    I like the hexies!! Thanks for the chance!

  57. donna says:

    Hexies are great when you need t0 keep your hands busy and your mind occupied!

  58. Sharon Theriault says:

    I’ve been leery of trying hexies. Ruthie your pictures have got my interest up. Sure would like to see the method in the book.

  59. Heather Scott says:

    I’d love to have this book!

  60. Melinda McMahan says:

    I have wanted to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt since seeing the one my husband’s grandmother handpieced years ago. I love the new spin on this block and would love to try it. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  61. pam green says:

    We just had a display of vintage hexagon quilts at the Arizona Quilt Guild’s annual show. I had two small quilts on display. I love doing handwork and am excited about all the “new” ways to create traditional patterns. Would love to have the book and inspire myself and my fellow guild members.

  62. Kay Mc says:

    This would be a great book to win. I have been sewing a few Hexies & have been really inspired by the latest Quiltmaker magazine.

  63. Robi Witulski says:

    Have loved doing hexies for years (my first ever quilt was an EPP doll quilt). This book looks like it will make hexies even more fun…certainly even more versatike!!

  64. Deb Martens says:

    I really like those pieced hexagons! Would love to win the book.

  65. anita says:

    My first quilting project was a hexie pillow. I have made some since, but am thinking that it is a good way to rid myself of 32 shoeboxes of scraps. I need a book… really bad.

  66. Linda Illes says:

    I started making hexies last year and was immediately addicted. I would love to learn about piecing them. I love all the creations your group made!

  67. Debbie says:

    I started a grandmother’s garden years ago and never finished it. I think I’m in love with this book! Would love to give this try!!

  68. Michele Moore says:

    After almost 30 years of quilting I finally delved into hand work about 2 years ago while recuperating for cancer surgery. I have become addicted to english paper piecing and hexagons! I keep a tin of scraps on my desk at work and stitch during down time. Would love this book and will definitely be trying this idea!

  69. Liz Whitehead says:

    I bought the book and I am totally hooked. Having a blast making my hexies!

  70. Kim Q says:

    Oh my…I want to make pieced hexies for the fun of it too! Thanks for the chance to win. ;-)

  71. Marilyn Wilson says:

    OMGosh. I’d LOVE to win this. Thanks for the chance.

    Marilyn in MS

  72. Karen says:

    I’d love to try this. Ruthie’s hexies look great. I love all the different ways they can go together. Thanks for the giveaway.

  73. Jane S. says:

    I am currently in the middle of making a queen sized grandmother’s flower garden quilt and some of these blocks would look awesome scattered about the quilt! It could almost be used as an “I Spy” Quilt, having my grandkids trying to find them!
    Very convincing post to try these!

  74. I’ve never pieced hexies ever! I love doing my EPP though. I can’t imagine whip stitching them while flat??? I also wonder how easy it is to get the seams to line up when sticthing them together? They are very pretty and it looks like something I might try :)

  75. Jnuquilter says:

    I have not tried making hexies yet but have been reading about them on the Quilty Blog and in my Quiltmaker magazine as well as on Bonnie Hunter’s blog. I am planning on this being my next project and would love to have this book to learn these fun piecing techniques. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  76. Leslie Claypool says:

    Thanks for the nod! I’m loving those pieced hexies!!

  77. BJ MacKinnon says:

    I love hexies and have a lot of projects on the go. Would love to win this book. I purchased the Crafty class with Mickey’s hexies so would love the book .Thanks

  78. Janet Blackwell-Fidler says:

    I love making hexagons. I would love to have this book!

  79. Love the way Mickey puts so much play in her hexies! Wouldn’t Grandma love this twist, I think so.

  80. JanetB says:

    Looks like a great book. I love the hexie pictures.

  81. Lee Ann L. says:

    I love the black,white, and red hexies!

  82. Mona says:

    As a long time fan of Mickie’s, I love seeing how her mind works! What a great new spin on an old design!

  83. Judy D in WA says:

    I have that book, I love that book and would love to win that book to share with a friend. :) I love doing hexies!!!

  84. Lori Ginsberg says:

    I have been working on a box full of hexies for a couple of years now. I, too, work on them in the car on long trips. I love Mickey’s “Hexie Style”. How creative! I would love to win this book. loriginsberg@juno.com

  85. Linda Erickson says:

    This looks like great fun, so I’d love to win this book and give it a try!

  86. Sheryl Andrews says:

    Am presently working on a queen-size quilt of paper-pieced triangle stars on a black background (a nod to the Amish color tradition). So far it’s taken me a little over a year to get about 1/2 way through. A book like Mickey’s surely would have a hint or two that could help speed the process with elan.

  87. Jo says:

    Pick me! I am obsessed with hexies..please help me get my fix, of lovely pieced shapes of six

  88. Mary Kastner says:

    I love hexies! This looks like an awesome book. Thank you for the chance to win.


  89. sharon s says:

    I love your color choices. I’ve looked hexies before but just didn’t know where to start, the book and your pictures make it look great. I think this is one I will have to try.

  90. Betty Ruth Boyett says:

    I love hexies and love seeing what Mickey does with them. I click on all of her photos and messages on fb.

  91. Pat Smith says:

    I’ve been eyeing this book for awhile now. Would love to win it:-)

  92. LizaA says:

    I just started making hexies and would love to win this book. I never imagined piecing the individual hexies. So creative!!

  93. Melissa says:

    I love the look of these pieced hexies! Would love to win, thanks for the giveaway!

  94. Joan says:

    I would love to know how to piece the hexies together with them lying flat so the hand stitches are invisible! I’m super curious now! I hope I win! Thanks for having the giveaway!

  95. carol l says:

    Would love to win this book. I have done just a few so far, just enough to get my feet wet and find out that I love making them. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carol L

  96. Cory says:

    I would love to win Mickey’s book. I have been wanting to try Hexies and this will be the perfect excuse to not wait any longer. Thank you for the chance to win. Take care and God bless, Cory

  97. Lyn says:

    I love hexies but have only made the traditional ones so this would be a great book for me to win…one I’d actually use!

  98. Karen says:

    I would love to win the book – I am doing several hexie projects and would love to learn new ideas!

  99. Judith Elder-McCartney says:

    I love the hexy patterns, especially the black, white and red combination. It’s an old pattern with a new twist when you just use the same colors over and over in a different way. Love It!!

  100. Monica says:

    I’ve looked at this book a couple of times and considered buying it. But then I always put it back down. After seeing your post and everyone’s work, I am definately a lot more interested in having it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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