Make Hexi Gems Applique with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star and Lisa Hirsch! (Video Tutorial)


Hi, I’m Jenny from the MSQC. And I am here
today with Lisa Hirsch from the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.
Jenny: Welcome Lisa. Lisa: Thanks for having me, Jenny.
Jenny: It’s really fun. So we have, in January, came out with this Mod Block. And we actually
ran a, a contest at the, at Kansas City Quilt Guild, the Modern Quilt Guild.
Lisa: Yes. Jenny: And what happened?
Lisa: Well, I entered it with several other people and in September you guys gave me a
call and I was the winner for the contest. Jenny: And she won for the contest. Now Mod
Block is made up of a lot of designers that we just had them go look at our tutorials
and see if they could put a modern spin on it. And Lisa put a modern spill on, a modern
spin on our Hexi Quilt. And I want to show you that right here because it is really cool.
So what do you call this, Lisa? Lisa: It’s called the Hexi Gems. And I used
a half a charm pack and a full layer cake to highlight some of the modern attributes
of negative space and asymmetry, asymmetry. Jenny: Oh, it’s very, very fun. I was just
really intrigued by those little gems. By how she used the hexis to make the little
flowers. And so we decided, you know, the half hexi was her inspiration. Our inspiration,
she was our inspiration for this quilt. And so we want to show you today how to make the
hexi gems. So to make this quilt, what you’re going to need is two packets of five inch
squares. We’ve used Lucky by Lottie Yonsdautter for Windham Fabrics. And you’re also going
to need a packet of background squares. And we’ve used the Bella solid, white for all
of our background squares. And so basically, Lisa, I’m going to have you show me how
to do this. Lisa: Sure.
Jenny: And show you how to put it together because you obviously might have some tips
and tricks for us. Lisa: Sure. So the first thing is you need
to get these ready to go on your on Jenny: On your squares
Lisa: On your square. So you can either use some of the fusible sheet, a Heat N Bond type
product. Jenny: And Heat N Bond, if you do use Heat
N Bond you’re going to need 2 ½ yards of that.
Lisa: Ok. And if you don’t have that, then a glue stick will work as long as it washes
off. Jenny: Something to hold it on there. You’re
also going to need a half hexi ruler like this
Lisa: Um huh. Jenny: And so show me how you
Lisa: Other normal sewing things Jenny: Well ya, just the normal stuff.
Lisa: So because we cut this out from some yardage, you’d have that pinking around
it on a normal charm pack, so I’m going to show you a trick of how to not have that
in your finished project. Jenny: Very cool.
Lisa: So we’re going to first lay our fabric on top of our Heat N Bond, get our iron going.
And you probably want to make sure that you can carefully work your iron around it so
you don’t get that awesome sticky stuff on your faceplate of your iron.
Jenny: Ya, we don’t like the sticky stuff Lisa: Nope
Jenny: On the, on the faceplate. Lisa: Give that a little jus.
Jenny: Oh a jus. Lisa: Yeah, why not?
Jenny: I like that. Lisa: And we’re going to come over here
and Jenny: I’ve got a whole new word, a jus.
I’m always making up words. I like that. Lisa: I do too.
Jenny: Alright. Lisa: So depending on what you want to do.
Jenny: Did you trim this out? I’m assuming, no?
Lisa: I, I like to cut it in half and come back and get the angles.
Jenny: Oh, ok. So let me just trim this off of here so we’ll clean this up a little
bit. Lisa: So depending on, I mean, as long as
it gets cut into a hexagon, a hexagon or a half hexi, it doesn’t really matter, right?
Jenny: Well, does it? Because, because of the little pinked edges.
Lisa: Well ya, the pinked edge. Jenny: Ok.
Lisa: So I like to Jenny: So now I have it in half.
Lisa: Um huh. Really we’d have our pinked Jenny: Let me move this so they can see it.
Lisa: We’d have our pinked edges out here. So I’m going to put the long edge of the
half hexi matching with the pinked edge so that will get hidden in the seam allowance.
So I’ll turn that so Jenny: Because this is, these are all going
to be ironed on squares on top. Lisa: Yes, ma’am, they’re just going to
be satin stitched or whatever you like to do for your
Jenny: I like that. Do you like the satin stitch?
Lisa: You know, I like a good satin stitch or I like a good blanket stitch. It kind of
depends on what I’m doing. Jenny: Yeah.
Lisa: Is it more about how it’s being attached and who’s going to use it.
Jenny: Right. Lisa: Versus, is it going to be more of like
a showy kind of thing. But I kind of make all my quilts for people to use and love and
wash a bajillion times and so. Jenny: Ya, me too. I’m pretty much a utilitarian
quilter. Lisa: So now, we’ve got that cut out. Always
close your rotary cutter. Jenny: Alright. So now basically we have to
make two different sets of blocks for this quilt.
Lisa: Ya, ya. Jenny: So let me get some solid squares out
here. Down here on the bottom, I think. Lisa: Uh huh.
Jenny: Alright. So here’s our solids and we’ve got a few more of these hexis cut
out over here, ready to go. Now our first block is just going to have two squares on
it, correct? Lisa: Yep. And so you’re going to just take
two Jenny: We can actually, we probably, well
let’s do it right here so they can see it. And we’ll carefully move it to the iron,
the ironing board. Lisa: Ok. So I’m just going to take two
of contrasting fabric patterns. Maybe like a light and a dark. Maybe like a striped and
a print. Whatever you like the best is good. We just used little strips on this one instead
of using the whole sheet. Jenny: Well ya. This is, that’s great for
scraps. It’s got to hang on long enough to do it.
Lisa: So what I do is, you’re working towards meeting this corner from the short end of
your half hexi. And it’s going to need to touch the other one. So right now they’re
a little off kilter. And so you’re just going to move it on down. It’s about an
inch and a quarter depending on how the manufacturer has got your five inch charm pack. And so
they just kind of touch, just ever so in the middle.
Jenny: That’s perfect. And then we iron those
Lisa: Iron those suckers down and you’re ready to go to your machine. So with that
transference we’ll just kind of get it back into place.
Jenny: I just loved how this came together. This was like
Lisa: So fast. Jenny: You know it was one of those . Well
and you do, you do so many of these things. And somebody just tweaks it and does something
different and it’s like a whole new something. And it’s just like, Oh my gosh, that’s
so cool. Lisa: Ya. And so the neat thing is, because
my mom, she is a huge inspiration in all the creative things that I do. And sometimes you’ve
got to like start with a box mix and then put a little spin on it
Jenny: There you go Lisa: A little lemon zest in it and it’s
a whole new thing. Jenny: Alright so now what we’re going to
do is we’re going to stitch around these. Lisa: Uh huh.
Jenny: Because we want them to hold on. Lisa: Yep
Jenny: And you can use, like you said, a satin stitch, we’re going to use a little blanket
stitch. And we’re just going to stitch around these and you’ll be able to see this right
here as I’m coming around the mountain. And.
Lisa: And I don’t think you have to worry too much about the corner on the long edge
because it does get stuck into that seam allowance. I was really picky about mine. But it wasn’t
really Jenny: But nobody saw it.
Lisa: No one saw it. Jenny: Ha, ha.
Lisa: Spend your time on other things, right? Jenny: I love how we do that though. We’re
like, Oh my gosh, you know. Lisa: I’ve got to pin it. No, just get around
it. Jenny: Ha, ha. And it’s like, oop, nobody
even saw that. It was in the seam. Lisa: Yep. And so if you’re really particular
you could match your thread to each one but in the end, you’ve got to just decide how
much time do you want to put in it. Jenny: Ya, I would never do that.
Lisa: Well I was a little special and I did that on the gray one.
Jenny: Did you really? You changed Lisa: Eleven different colors of thread.
Jenny: Oh my gosh. That’s really, well you know, and that’s really, the cool thing
about that is everybody is different. Everybody going to do something a little different.
Lisa: Ya Jenny: A little bit differently. And it’s
going to work. Lisa: The second time I made it, I didn’t
do that. Ha, ha. Jenny: You’re like, alright, I admit it.
True confessions. Lisa: Nope, nope. Get done.
Jenny: Alright so are actually going to make 20 of these.
Lisa: You’re gonna make 20 of those. Jenny: And now we have to make the other set.
Lisa: Yep. Jenny: Which is the same thing but on both
corners. Correct? Lisa: Yep, I’m going to move it over here
so that it’s a little bit easier. Jenny: Ok. Let me scoot these things here
so we can make sure we can see. Lisa: And not move it around. And so when
I’m looking at, at which ones to pick, I do kind of want a little bit of everything.
And since I have that blue and the polka dot over here, it’s alright. I’m not going
to put them next to each other in that one. Jenny: Right.
Lisa: So then you have a little bit more variety, sometimes you can control that planned chaos
a little bit. Jenny: Ya, I love that word, planned chaos.
That’s great. I call it controlled scrapping. Lisa: Controlled scrapping
Jenny: Oh here’s a plain orange, do you want another?
Lisa: Oh, well Jenny: You want a flower so it’s different.
Lisa: I’ve got a flower. It doesn’t matter. So we’ll glue it down, stick it down and
then, when you tumble them around, we’ll just make sure they match up.
Jenny: And again, when you cut your tumblers, not your tumblers, your half hexis, you want
to make sure that if you have a pinked edge on one of yours that the pinked edge is on
the bottom. Lisa: Uh huh. On that one edge.
Jenny: So that it will go into the seam because all the rest of it we topstitch down. And
you don’t want to have that little pinked edge, you know, on your line like that.
Lisa: Uh huh. Jenny: So that’s probably, I would say that’s
probably one of the main tips. Lisa: Oh yeah. Oh yeah. And you can get rid
of that. There we go. Jenny: So now what we’re going to do is
we’re going to do the same thing and we’re going to stitch all the way around these just
like we did on here. Jenny: So once you get your blocks done, we’re
going to have 20 that have two’s and 20 that have four’s, we are ready to lay them
out. Lisa: Yep.
Jenny: And this is actually a standard layout because there are 42 blocks in the, in the,
in the layer cake, you’re going to get six, six blocks across by seven rows down. And
so we have four here. And we have four because. Yes, we’re going to put a solid square at
the, on, on each side. Lisa: Yep.
Jenny: So you can see what we’ve done with this top row. This top row is all just the
two’s. And we’ve just laid them right sides together. And Lisa, you, you, have a
little trick for keeping these together. Lisa: Yep, all you need is probably two pins.
If you get to be a fancy expert you don’t need them at all. But you would just pin it
right where those half hexis start and stop to kind of keep that.
Jenny: Well you want to make sure those are lined up.
Lisa: Ya Jenny: You do want to make sure those are
lined up so that’s a good, that’s a good tip.
Lisa: The white area, kind of that secondary focus, and so it doesn’t matter so much
if they’re a little off Jenny: Right.
Lisa: I’d rather cheat that area then to have that area.
Jenny: Oh gosh yes. So, so this is our, actually our first row. So after the first row, then
what happens? Lisa: Then I like to kind of figure out the
four’s a little easier because, you know, those are big. And then I like, alright now
I know what needs to come into here. Jenny: You start making your gems.
Lisa: Yep. And so then, you can go like that. And then, oop.
Jenny: Oh that’s so cool. Lisa: I need you to put that one over there.
Because it’s a four. Jenny: Oh I will. Oh here we go.
Lisa: And then on the Jenny: Wait.
Lisa: The first column and the last column, you’ll always use a two block so then you
can have that kind of resting place for your eye. If you wanted to have a half of a hexi
gem, you could do that too. Jenny: So then on this one over here I’m
going to Lisa: Yep
Jenny: Match these up and then out here, I’m going to have a two.
Lisa: Yep. Jenny: That is very cool. So then that really
just leads you into the next row. Lisa: You bet. Oh yeah.
Jenny: Doesn’t it? Because really what you’re making is these little gems.
Lisa: Yep Jenny: So you’ll go ahead and do six rows
of these. Again there’s seven blocks across and six down. Match your gems and put them
together. So the main tips on this are we’re going to use pins right here when we put them
together. Lisa: Uh huh. Yep.
Jenny: We’re going to make sure that our pinked edge
Lisa: Your pinked edge is the long edge of your fabric
Jenny: On the bottom that’s going to go in the seam.
Lisa: Uh huh. And then using some kind of, either a glue stick of your Heat N Bond will
save you from any. Jenny: Slippage.
Lisa: Slippage. And if you put pins in there it gets kind of a little cumbersome.
Jenny: So I just love the way this flower went together. I love, you know, it’s such
a cute block. It’s, you know, I love, I just love what you did with it, bringing them
together. And you even made a little pillow out of it too.
Lisa: Oh sure. So sometimes you need those little fast, quick gifts. And so it’s really
simple Jenny: And sometimes you really want to see
what it’s just going to look like. Lisa: Oh yeah. Test it out too.
Jenny: So isn’t this darling? I think this is a really cute idea. And sometimes you just
have that one block that you need something for.
Lisa: You bet. You bet. Jenny: This is a great idea for that as well.
So Lisa’s quilt, you can actually find in Mod Block. It’s right here. It’s called
Hexi Gems, right here in our Mod Block. And we’re calling ours Hexi Gems Garden,
Lisa: Garden. Jenny: The Hexi Gems Flower Garden. It’s
been so great having you here today. Lisa: Oh thanks so much for having me.
Jenny: It’s been really fun. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the MSQC.

49 thoughts on “Make Hexi Gems Applique with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star and Lisa Hirsch! (Video Tutorial)

  • To have a bit less waste you could use a jelly roll. Since the angles on a half hexie are symmetrical you can flip the template every time you cut for little to no fabric waste.

  • Beautiful! Thank you for the weekly videos. I'm going through a tough time in life right now and lately the only thing I look forward to and can count on are your Thursday night videos and daily deals. Thanks again for the quilty-therapy!

  • I can't wait to visit MSQC one day. God willing, I will one day.  I've been watching all the fun of this past week with retreaters.  I watched Vanessa's video tour today and oh my! THE FABRIC!!!!!!! Here there and every witcha where!!!!.  And an antique shop to boot. Love those too.  Cheers to your great success story.  Love it!

  • I know you can't please every one all the time but I just don't care about all the negative space thing.lacks color.just my opinion. .had to put my 2 cents in.watching and waiting for next week.thank you.

  • Love this video! Thank you so much! This is much more my style that last weeks's video. But IMO it's great that you offer tutorials for such a variety of styles and skill levels. Even if I know I will never use a particular pattern, I still enjoy all the videos since it's such a joy to watch Jenny.

  • I really like this and normally I am not into modern quilts. Wouldn't this work with any shape cut in half! How about a circle or a rectangle?

  • I almost didn't watch since I am not a hexi aficionado but after watching, I love the technique. Always something fun and creative on Friday. Thanks so much for brightening my sewing room!

  • Nice! I would definitely use my Applique Pressing Sheet when adhering the fusible to the fabric or eventually you will most definitely get the sticky goo on your iron, which can be a bit of a nightmare. The pressing sheet eliminates this possibility and allows you to move along with this part easily and worry-free. 🙂

  • I almost didn't watch this because I've never liked doing applique, but I think I'll try it again…..SOON! I'm so glad I bought the Half Hexie shape. Jenny, thank you so much for another great video!
    PS…The last time I did applique was back in 1973, so I think it's time I tried it again. It's easier now then it was back in the stone age!

  • I have the Mod BLOCK but watching the tutorial and seeing variations made me pull out the magazine and look at the detail.  It's definitely on my 'to-do' list now.  The gray that Lisa did appeals to me and I'm definitely going to use the machine quilting service from MSQC.

  • Love that. It's so simple. I live all your videos you make it look so easy. I went to 3 dudes quilt shop and they were also very nice and encouraging. hopefully one day I'll be that good

  • Love the design! You could also use a scallop rotary blade when cutting out the half hexi or even the pinking rotary blade for it would give a ragged look to the gems.

  • If you cut the hexies with the pinked edge at the top, you could just use a straight stitch as Lynn from Kansas Troubles does, it wouldn't fray anywhere because the other 2 sides are on the bias. I've been reading the other comments, and now I'm wondering what it would look like with print layer cake and two solid charms…oh dear.

  • I use parchment paper to protect my iron when using fusible. I can see the applique thru the paper. I would definitely get gunk on the iron IF I did not use it as a pressing cloth.

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  • I am going to try this in Team Colors, example : Titans is lite blue & dark blue. Make the Gems in the two tone blue with a white back ground. After you have all your rows put together, add a 2" border of lite blue, then add a 3" or 4" dark blue border, and use the same dark blue for outside edge. Choose your dark blue, or your lite blue for your backing.. Let me know what you think.

  • Thankyou for this amazing pattern. Sorry if this is a silly question? Do you actually do 20 blocks each of hexies? Are there 6 solid blocks all up in the alternate rows? Many thanks 🙂

  • I'm making the hexi gems applique quilt and I would add this comment or suggestion and that is when you 'glue/bond' the 1/2H to the 10"Square, add the bonding over the whole 1/2H and not just pieces of bonding. When I go to sew around with a blanket stitch, the 1/2H has a tendency to move or shift since I only put pieces of bonding when I ironed them on. It is an beautiful quilt design. I cut the 10" squares in quarters and ran them thru a sizzix die cut. So quick!!

  • Does the layering of shapes, plus fusible underneath make it hard to quilt? I love how easy this seems to construct, but wonder if it would make it a bit stiff in those sections.

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