Make a Hexagon Quilt Using the 5″ Half-Hex Ruler


Hi, it’s Jenny from, the Missouri Star Quilt Company. We’ve got something really fun for you today. Natalie has come up with yet another amazing ruler. This is the Half Hexie. Let me show you on this quilt right here what it does. This helps you to make a hexagon quilt. They’re so popular right now. And it helps you to make it without any X Y seams. This is going to be, you’re just going to love this it’s amazing!

So, let me put this up here so you can ooh, aah, over it while we’re working on here, and we decided we’re going to make this out of the Origins Jelly Roll. This is going to be awesome! We love this Origins Jelly Roll. It has such good, rich colors.

So, what you’re going to do is open up your Jelly Roll. Just going to lay it all out here, love to open up a new Jelly Roll. Look at those colors! Isn’t this going to be so much fun? Alright, now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take a row. We’re going to take probably, let’s do three strips at a time. They’re still folded in half, and if you look at this, this Half Hexie ruler
will work perfectly on a Jelly Roll strip or a Charm Pack. You can fold your Charm in half, but you’ll get even more out of a Jelly Roll. So, what we’re going to do, again very little waste with her rulers because they’re made to go right over the, they’re made to fit the pre-cuts.

So, let’s make sure we get this cut right on there, not lose any fingers. Alright, let me trim that up, there we go. OK, now we’ve made our first cut right here. Remember, we’re cutting off our corners because that’ll help us match up. Then we’re going to turn this, and lay it on the exact cut. So, look at the waste right here! This little nubbin’. There’s your waste, right there!

So, we’re going to go ahead and cut this off, move that over, turn our template again. This hexagon is amazing! Let me cut this little flap off over here, there we go, alright. Now, just for fun of laying out I’m going to get a
couple more strips of different colors in here. We’ll get some green and a brown. Pull them out of the middle there.

Now remember, when you pull these out they’re going to kind of be staggered, so, you want to line them up. So, you don’t have a piece that ends
up with a salvage in it, or anything like that. Matter of fact, if you want you can use the straight edge on this little thing right here and just knock that salvage off so that you’re sure that you’re not getting any salvage in it. Then we’re going to lay this down again, doesn’t matter which way you start. It’s going to be perfect either way! We forgot to cut our little knob here. That will help us match them up, so, that’s kind of important. Flip it over, cut a few more.

Now what you’re going to do with these, we’re going to lay them out and this is important to remember in this, that you need to lay this out before you sew it, because you sew in rows of halves you want to make sure that you get the right partner on top, so that they match up.

Alright, let’s lay a few of these out and see what we’ve got here. Sweep all my itsy, bitsy bits of waste, there we go! OK, so what we’re going to do now is we’re going to line these up, and we’re going to sew them just like this. So all
you’re sewing is straight seams like this together. You can line it up where your notches are cut, and it will give you a straight, exact seam. So, all you’re going to have is these straight pieces as you lay them out. Then when you sew the next row together, it’s going to come together. You’re going to lay your pieces out exactly the way that you put them on here.

So what you want to remember is you’re matching the fat sides. So, when you put them together you’re going to have a couple of rows going at once and that’s why you need to lay them out, but this is just so much fun! Amazing, really. I remember the years of trying to put grandmothers flower garden together. Oh my gosh, and now that they can do this so easily it just blows my mind! I love it!

OK, so here we go, and of course, you’re going to have the browns and the whites mixed in here too. We’re going to do, and this is just going to make a stunning quilt. So, let’s go ahead and lay out a row and we’ll sew it together.

So, this is the beginnings of our little quilt. Now in order to get this from the table all laid out nicely, to the sewing machine, what we’re going to want to do is pin these together. So, we’re going to fold these over like this. We’re going to match up our corners on the edges, and we’re going to put a little pin in here, like this. Then we’ll fold this one over this way. Match up your little corners make sure you cut those little notches. It looks like I missed that one, but I got the other ones so I can line it up on one side.

See, when you lay these back then they’re going to be just right. So, let’s finish up this row here, and then we’ll take it into the sewing machine and the magic will begin!

OK, we’ve sewn all these together they’re all at this funny little angle, and when you open them up like this, see how it all becomes one row. So, what we’re going to do is we’re just going to lay those down. We want to set the seam, just like this and we press it, again you’re going to set it, and press it, and set it, and press it. You want your seams to go one direction because we’re going to match these together in rows, and you can see here is the second row of the one we’ve done, and see how that’s going to go together and this makes a whole hexie, and this one.

So, it’s every other one, wherever the fat parts, wide parts come together, that makes your hexie. So let’s go ahead and sew these together so we can show you this completed row.

So, to attach these rows, we’re going to lay this over like this, and you can see where, you are just going to attach it right where these seams come together. Just like that, and you’d like your seams to lay opposite directions so that they can nest. So if they didn’t get ironed right that way you just make them behave! Now, if you have forgotten or didn’t get your little points trimmed, this is what happens you get a little bunny ear like this and you’re just going to want to clip that off, and make sure you have a nice seam to do. Then when you open this up and you press it, you’re just going to want to set that seam and get your seams down right. Then you’re going to open it up and you’re just going to gently move that iron over the seam to make sure that you have a nice flat seam.

There we go, and look how nicely they all match together and fit, and it makes perfect little hexies. Isn’t that adorable?

OK, so now you can see we’ve brought the two rows back in here and if we line them up like this, we’re going to get another set of them. And they’ll just all work together perfectly. Now when you have the ends your ends are going to be kind of wonky like this. Which might be a fun finish. But again you’ll just want to take this ruler and you’ll just want to slice these off. I’m not going to do that because I’m going to make this much bigger because once we get this whole Origins quilt done it’s going to be amazing! Wait till you see what we can do with one Origins Jelly Roll here at the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the quick and easy, where’d it go? I don’t have a hexie! We hope you enjoyed this tutorial with the Missouri Star Quilt Company on the quick and easy Hexie Ruler.

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    • Anonymous

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      ## Natalie Earnheart replied, on Jan 9 @ 5:20pm (UTC):

      Hi Brenda, Thanks for your interest! I am working on project sheets right now. In the meantime the youtube video will have to do! Have fun!
      Have a great day!


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      • I bought Emma’s Surprise by Karen Bennett for Nellie’s Needle SKU# NN318 -C, I’m gonna try using the 5″ or 10″ on that pattern.
        Have a great day!

        • Sarah

          Oooh!!  I bet that will be awesome!!  Please oh please, send us a picture when you are done!!  🙂 

  • Betty Loomis

    I love Jenny & the way she makes quilts etc look so easy. I would like to have the small Hexi & the large Hexi. to make one of the quilts that goes up like a tree with a solid in-between. I will keep looking.


  • Terry D

    Using the 5″ half-hex ruler and one jelly role, what size quilt will this make?  Also, love all the rulers that Natalie has made, I can’t stop buying them!

    • Anonymous

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      ## Natalie Earnheart replied, on Feb 11 @ 8:39pm (UTC):

      Hi Terry,I am so glad to hear that you love the rulers! This will make about a twin.
      Have a great day!


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  • ginbart1954

    I’m going to my quilter weekend retreat at the end of the month and I went on MSQ and got this.   I’m going to be making a quilt for one of my grandchildren using this.  I hope I don’t forget how to do it.  I would love a print out of it.  Thanks Jenny you are great.

    • Sarah

      Yay!!  You are gonna love it!!  It will go together so quickly, you’ll have a blast!!  If you need any help, call us!!  888 571 1122

  • Kimbicksler

    Using a jelly roll, what size quilt will this make?  How much fabrics should one purchase for inner border and outer border?  What width strips should be cut for the inner border and for the outer border?

    • Natalie

      A jelly roll should make a small twin. I would probably border it with an inner border that measures 2.5 or 3 inches and an outer border that measures 5 or 6 inches. Borders should really be whatever you need to make your quilt the size you want and they should be to your personal taste. That said, I would usually purchase one yard(or less) for the inner border, and two yards(or less) for the outer border. I hope this helps! 

  • Erin McNulty

    Hi Jenny , I really enjoy all your quilts that you show how to put together . I won’t know what to do with the per cuts fabric and now I do . What a great way and time put a quilts together. Keep rolling in some new great idea of quilts . I’ll be keep watching for your new ideas .


    • Sarah

      Thanks Erin!  We try to get more and more ideas and tips out there!

  • Ginbart1954

    Oh I have that Ruler, I didn’t think about making one of these.   I love pre-cuts and boy do I have a lot of them.  I’m glad I got the ruler from you.  I need to go start cutting.  Thanks again. 

  • Aok39b

    Thank you, Jenny, for another great tutorial. All I need to do now is find out where I can buy this ruler here in England!

    • Sarah

      You can order it from us online and we will ship it to you!!  🙂  Have a great day!!  Let me know if we c an help with anything else!

  • Maye Wentworth

    Hi, I really like the Hexagons, just received mine in the mail, can’t wait to make a quilt using the 5″ and the 10″. Are there  patterns for the 5″ Henxagon that was shown on the tutorial  also for the 10″ Half-Hexagon chevron?  I’m a little confused on the 10″ half-hexagon as to how to get started sewing it together.   Maye

  • Vandy Davenport

    love love it thanks

  • Jan Marie

    Where can we see the finished quilts from your tutorials?

  • Melody

    I don’t yet have the hexie template but I do have precut hexies….can I cut them in half and essentially get the same result as using the template?

  • Kristin

    I’d love to know what the first demo fabric is (not the Origins jelly roll) thanks for teaching me how to quilt. You guys are awesome!

  • Garth

    What happened to the origins quilt? How big did it get? Where can I see?