Hexagon Quilting: A Different Kind of Nut


QM10513 Hexagon Quilting: A Different Kind of Nut

We’ve really had some fun with the hexagon focus in our May/June issue. If you missed these posts, you’ll want to have a look.

A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon
Moda’s newest precut: Honeycombs
Inklingo Hexagons with Linda Franz
Pieced Hexies




While looking for interesting hexagon-related quilt projects to go with this issue, I discovered Hickory Nuts.

hnuts1 Hexagon Quilting: A Different Kind of NutHickory Nuts come in sizes Small, Large and Extra Large. For this test, I used the small set.

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Each set is two pieces. The center is the “nut” and the outer piece is called the “shell.”

hnuts3 Hexagon Quilting: A Different Kind of NutYou need two fabrics for this quilt-as-you-go method. Here we’ll make just one finished hexagon Hickory Nut. Cut one hexagon using the Nut and one hexagon using the Shell as shown above.

hnuts3b Hexagon Quilting: A Different Kind of NutYou also need to cut a piece of batting using the smaller template. I just pulled a scrap out of the bag I use for dusting. You did know that batting scraps are great for dusting, right? Happens annually at my house. But anyway…

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Lay the larger hexagon right side down and put the batting in the center of it with the smaller hexagon on top. I offset it so you could see it better. In reality you want them lined up nicely and centered.

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Using an iron without steam (ask me how I know), fold one side of the hexagon so that the raw edge touches the raw edge of the small hexagon and press.




Continue around, pressing one side at a time, until all six sides are pressed in.

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Now comes the fun part—you get to sew. I secured the small hexagon and the batting in place with a pin and used thread to match the large hexagon. (I removed it before I snapped the photo.) One at a time, fold each side toward the center again and blindstitch it in place.

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I used a Clover Wonder Clip to keep things in place.

In this photo, I have sewn down three sides and half of the fourth. Two sides remain.





When you’re finished, secure the stitching  and cut the thread. You have the cutest little framed hexie!


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At this point my imagination started to fire. I thought it would be fun to try some machine quilting. I stitched each hexagon in the ditch and then I did some decorative free-motion quilting.

This one got a spiderweb-type design.




The next one got a flower. This one’s a little wonky but I think with practice I will improve.

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The last one got a Star of David.

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Remember, these have batting in them, so at this point they are finished and you can do whatever you want with them. I think they’ll make adorable Christmas decorations. I also want to try printing a photo on the small hexagon—a grandchild’s photo would be fun!

hnuts13 Hexagon Quilting: A Different Kind of Nut

I decided to join these three with a zigzag stitch from the top. I butted them together and used invisible thread. I set the stitch very short and narrow. The stitching became almost invisible.

These are small. They’re 3″ from point to point and a little over 2.5″ from side to side. The length of this three-piece unit is just over 7.5″.

They were a little small for machine quilting. You really don’t want your fingers that close to the needle. Next time I would join a half dozen of them first and then do the quilting.

I’m anxious to try the bigger sizes. The Large size finishes at 4″ from point to point. The Extra Large finishes at 7.5″ from point to point. It fits perfectly on a 10″ square if you’d like to use precuts.

I would recommend this method. It’s easy and relaxing if you enjoy handwork. The instructions indicate that all of the work can be done on the machine if you prefer.

With a little practice I think they’ll come out beautifully. Wouldn’t this be a perfect long-term project made from scraps? I can hardly wait to get started.

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Find Hickory Nuts online at Hickory Hill Quilts & Sewing Center or visit them in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


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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9 Responses to Hexagon Quilting: A Different Kind of Nut

  1. I truly got into this article. I found it very interesting and loaded with unique points of interest. I like to digest material that makes me wonder. ThanksThank you for sharing this great content.

  2. Jess Bladt says:

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your site and check again here frequently. I’m quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  3. Roxana says:

    Check out her Cathedral Window templates too! They are a snap and so much fun to make.

  4. I love the hexagon within a hexagon! That is so creative! I think I like the flower quilted one the best :) I’m definitely going to have to try this one! Thank you so much for showing how it’s done!

  5. Cathie Foard says:

    I bought the set of nuts years ago,but forgot how they worked. Thanks for the reminder. I need to get them out and use them with some of my scraps.

  6. Claudia says:

    Those look like fun, and the batting is already enclosed. Hickory nuts? Somebody is laughing at us.

  7. Barb Johnson says:

    Uh-oh. Now I have ANOTHER ‘wanna-do” on my list….

  8. DianeH says:

    Very interesting! Thanks.

  9. Tammy says:

    What a great hexi concept…very pretty.

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