Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

We’ve been looking at different methods, tools and techniques for hexagon quilts lately. Over the weekend I spent some time with Precut Hexies in Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman.

I had Precut Hexies samples in each of Kaufman’s signature Kona palettes.

h0100104 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

This one is called Classic.

h0100102 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

We have the Bright palette.

h0100105 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

And the Dark one.

h0100101 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

They called this one the Dusty Palette.

h0100103 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

And these are the Pastels.

h0100106 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

Last but not least are Kona’s Neutrals.

I did my test sewing with the Classics. I wanted to join these hexagons on the machine.

I know how to do this in theory. I marked this hexagon so you could see what I mean.

 rkhex1 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman









You have to start and stop sewing exactly on the marked end points, and then with the needle down, you pivot and sew the next seam. Each seam is like a set-in seam.

rkhex2 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

In order to find the points, mark lines 1/4″ from the edges as shown. The place where the lines intersect is one point. I had a template from another project with a tiny hole at this point, so I used it to mark the points.



The first seam is a breeze because you just need to start and stop precisely.

 rkhex3 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman









The next one is more tricky because you stop on the mark, pivot, adjust the fabric and continue sewing. (No photo, I was using both hands and the knee lift and there was nothing left to hold a camera!)

rkhex4 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

Try a foot that will give you increased visibility of the needle, such as this open-toe embroidery foot.


I sewed a few hexagons together and then I changed a few things: I switched from a general purpose foot to an open-toe embroidery foot. You have to be able to place the needle exactly where you want it, and for that you need visibility.


I shortened the stitch length from my usual 2.0mm for piecing to 1.8mm. When the stitches are shorter, it’s easier to end a line of stitching at precisely the correct point.

I switched to a lighter-weight thread. My usual piecing thread was taking up space in the fold and giving me grief. Things went more smoothly with the lighter-weight thread.

Instead of backstitching to secure the ends of each seam, I started and stopped sewing on the dot and shortened the stitch length to zero. By taking a few stitches in place at each end, I locked the seam in but didn’t add bulk.

worstcorner Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

I learned that one thing you can’t recover from is sewing past the dot. You really need to stop right on the mark. To the right is my worst corner so far.




And here is my best corner so far.

bestcorner Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman









I’m learning when to take them out and how to make them better. I’m improving a little at a time.


rkhex6 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman













The last few corners in oranges don’t look too bad!


rkhex7 Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

Each package of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Precut Hexies has 41 assorted colors for a total of .41 yards. The sides are 2″ and it’s 4″ from point to point. The measurement from side to side is 3 7/16″. Prices vary by retailer.

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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13 Responses to Kona Cotton: Precut Hexies from Robert Kaufman

  1. Rhonda Davis says:

    Think I’ll stick to paper piecing, makes for a good project to work on while watching TV with my soul-mate!

  2. Karen Falvey says:

    instructions would be more helpful if you would label the seams in the order that you sewed them. Photo of the second seam tells me nothing.

  3. Claudia says:

    I just did a Hexie quilt and it went together rather quickly. I sewed in rows instead of “florets”. I also used a 1/4″ piecing foot with a guide to give me a straight line, and mine has a line crossing perpendicular to the guided line, so I know when I have 1/4″ left. Wasn’t as hard as it sounds. I’ve been looking at these hexies, but 41 isn’t going to make a very big project.

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  5. Joanna says:

    Thanks for the pictures and advice. I wasn’t really drawn to hexie quilts but I like seeing how you do it and may start with a small project. Using the solids for a gradient effect will be nice.

  6. I am not convinced that this method would be faster for ME than the hand method but I like to read about what is new. I could still use hexie precuts with my hand method so if anyone ever offers me some, I will gladly say, thank you very much, I know just what to do with them.

  7. MargaretQuilts says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on these precut hexies.

  8. MarciaW says:

    great instructions particularly for the problems that I find difficult

  9. Linda Erickson says:

    thanks for the tips on joining these by machine!

  10. Marti says:

    Oh cr– Diane, if the next Scrap Squad is hexies, I’ll take my one pass for the year!

  11. That is very cool. I love sewing by machine and it sounds like these are big enough to work with by machine. :-)

  12. Karen says:

    looks good – but I love hand piecing hexies the best – either with Inklingo or just plain mark the seams with a pencil and go to it.

  13. DianeH says:

    Thank you, Diane for the great introduction to these precut hexies and such a great tutorial.

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