Saturday, April 10, 2010

hexagon quilt along... cutting instructions

The Hexagon Quilt-A-Long Posts
flickr pool block 1 & layouts   block 5
supply list & faq block 2 block 6
button & participants   block 3 block 7
cutting instructions block 4 finishing directions

cutting instructions!
 { can join the hexagon quilt a long at any time }

i hope you are ready to make some hexagons!!
{ a day early!! }

i've been getting a lot of emails.
and questions.
so today i'm going to go over all the cutting instructions...
they will guide you through most of the quilt a long!
i'm going to go through them for each ruler.

the first step is the same for all rulers.

take 2 jelly roll strips and sew them together along one side to make a strip set
{make sure they have some good contrast}
press to the dark.
it should look like this.


cutting instructions for using the

here are the basics.

lay the ruler on the strip set like this.

use a rotary cutter to cut the end off

continue to cut up & down the ruler.
after you have cut the pieces slide the ruler down & repeat until the entire strip is cut.

the yield will be determined by the length of your strips
you should have at least 12... but you may end up with 13 or even 14.


cutting instructions for using the

the cutting is similar with these rulers.
the pack comes with 3... you want to use the 4 1/2" one.
place the ruler on the strip and cut the end off.
then cut on the right side and cut one triangle.

rotate your triangle and repeat for the remainder of the strip.

if you have the ruler below...
the instructions are the same as above... except that since your ruler is bigger than 4 1/2" you'll line up the bottom of your strip set with the 4 1/2" mark on the ruler.


cutting instructions for using a standard 6 x 24 ruler

using the 60 degree line on ruler.. place your ruler like this with the line aligned with the bottom of your strip set.

cut off the end of your strip.

rotate your ruler and put the 60 degree line on the part you just cut.
align the top just at the tip of the triangle
and cut.

you should end up with this.


important thing to note!!
depending on what ruler you use...
your triangles will not be the same size as mine.. or someone else's.

or a 60 Degree ruler with a blunt tip... you'll end up with triangles like the one on the left.
or a 6 x 24 ruler you'll end up with triangles like the one on the right.
this is OK!!

just be aware.
and pick one way to cut 
and be consistent because the one is larger than the other.
and you don't want to mix them!

don't sew all your jelly roll strips & go cutting crazy!!
sew five sets together and the cut them as shown above
next week i'll show you block #1
{ and the entire quilt... hopefully! }

other posts for the quilt-a-long
flickr pool - don't forget to add pictures along the way!


rachel griffith said...

you make using a regular 6"x24" ruler for these traingles look easy peasy.

ladmquilter said...

Great Instructions now I just need to put my grandson down for a nap then I can start. Thanks so much.

KarrieLyne said...

I nearly dropped my Mac when I saw you posted a day early!! No, please don't ask me why I was walking around with my Mac while reading blogs... ;)

So, now you're gonna pass on your obsession with rulers to me...I really really really want that double strip ruler now. I don't need it. But I want it. Thanks =P

Great tut!! Can't you give us a wee bit of a peek at your quilt? LOL!


Jeannette said...

Yay I am excited!!! Thanks for such good instructions!

dolores said...

Aw Jaybird...I am so freakin new to all this quilting stuff I never even noticed the lines on my 6x24 is so great to know I don't have to go out and buy something! Now to pick out my fabric and get to sewing and cutting!

wishes, true and kind said...

Just realized that I bought a 60 degree ruler (which I have been wanting for some time anyway), but haven't yet decided on fabric! Let's see,if I cut my own (and jelly rolls are about 42 strips, 2 of each fabric?), I need about 21 different fabrics? Yikes! Destash or trip to fabric store. Must think, think, THINK. I want to actually start this quiltalong on time.

Tracey Jacobsen said...

I'm so using this *right now* to make my son's birthday banner!

Thanks Julie! :)


Little Lady Patchwork said...

Great tutorial.

Thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

Yay! Excited to see this a bit early. I have to leave for a week-long business trip tomorrow morning, so I figured I'd be a bit behind everyone. Maybe I can go and start this afternoon! Thanks, Julie

Maricopa Fabrics

Terriaw said...

These instructions are fabulous! I haven't been able to find a 60-degree ruler yet, so I appreciate the instructions for a straight ruler. I'm debating using the new LOVE fabrics or some new Kaffe fabrics I just bought. Er, maybe both! So excited to get started!

Val Miller said...

I can't wait to get started ... but my fabric hasn't arrived yet - Darn Canadian customs!! I will be in catch up mode as soon as it arrives (hopefully soon)!!

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Stef said...

Excellent instructions! Thanks! That creative grids ruler looks really cool. Might have to invest in one of those.

Now I just have to wait for my fabric to arrive. It should be here Monday!

Barb said...

I want to join but may have to sit this one out but will certainly come by and read the instructions...that one rulers looks awesome!!

ladybugquilting said...

You have made my day!
It's awesome to start early.
Cutting instructions are Fab!

Christine said...

Very thorough!! :) Christine

Cheri C. said...

Oh, thanks for showing this!! I had to go and find one of those creative rulers today. I went to a couple of quilt shops that didn't even realize what they had. They got excited to do something in their stip club with that creative grid rulers. I'm going to start on that pile I sorted out 2 years ago - yay!!

Kim Brackett said...

Great instructions, Julie! I love the Creative Grid triangle rulers.

Jeannie said...

Oh shoot, I'm waiting for my ruler so I guess I better wait if they are not going to be the same size if I use the 6x24, thanks for the heads up!

JariJari said...

you have made one good instruction...thanks a lot

Crafty Girl Creations said...

Oh thank you!! I am looking forward to starting this one, great tutorial :)

SheilaC said...

Thank you for a great tutorial and for including all the different rulers and techniques...

I am a beginner but I think I will try a couple of blocks and see how it goes :)

I can always just make a (small) pillow!!


Anonymous said...

Perfect instructions. I've got this step done and am patiently awaiting step 2! Now I just have to take some pics...

Simone de Klerk said...

You did a WONDERFUL job, showing us how to use so many different rulers! Seeing this, I don't think I will have to get myself a new one (O:

Rosa said...

Great tutorial!!I have to find one of that rulers.Thanks

Paula Lynn said...

Ooooo! Husband and kids need to go back to work/school so I can get started! :O

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

Oh great! Looks easy enough - i wish my ruler would arrive already i'm already behind on this. Good to know about not switching between ruler b/c that is probably what i would've done.

Heather said...

I got mine all cut out, this will be so pretty, thanks for doing it :D

Unknown said...

I know I am a little late, but I just love this design and will start now at my own pace. Thanks for the idea and wonderful tutorial! Greetings from Mexico City!