Hex of a Tool

Hexagons are another handwork project I really enjoy but I don’t make grandmother’s flower garden quilts, in fact, all I seem to do these days is make the hexagon pieces. In the future I’ll have another random drawing and the prize will be over 200 hexagons!

The other day I drew up a design and asked my son if he would make this little tool using his 3D printer. I know there are all kinds of hexagon papers and templates available for purchase but this was more fun and my son likes a challenge. He’s fine tuning the design now but here is a look at the original.

At the end of the video are some photos of a few quilts/patchworks I have made using hexagons. Have you made grandmother’s flower garden or other hexagon quilts or used fabric hexagons in a unique way?

By Ann Scott

I started sewing and designing using fabric, thread, and paper when I was a child. I taught myself to make quilts, at first not following the "rules," then watched some experts, learned the rules, and made many hand quilted and appliqued quilts. I spent years focusing on miniature landscape quilts. Now I am a fiber and mixed media artist and that encompasses everything I have a passion for. I have taught, lectured, and my work have show nationally and internationally, some pieces have been published.


  1. Loved the look back at your hexie projects. I admire work done with hexies though I will never take on that commitment of hand sewing. One good idea I picked up from a friend is to use a hole puncher to put a hole in the middle of your paper template to make removal easier.

  2. I love the hexagons and the tool looks like fun. How great that you could involve your son in making that. Love love love them!

  3. A grandmother’s flower garden is not in my future; I don’t have the patience for that kind of hand sewing. Embroidery is my preference for that. However, I do enjoy looking at your colorful towers of hexies, and someone will be happy to be the lucky winner of your efforts.

  4. This is the second time my son and I have collaborated. I hope you will stay tuned for the hexagon giveaway (probably in February). This month the giveaway with be fabric (yet to be announced). Thank you!

  5. Thank you for the comment. About ten years ago I got rid of all my hand embroidery paraphernalia (after embroidering for over twenty years), but now I’ve been buying supplies and embroidering again! I really enjoy it. In case you are interested, this month the giveaway will be hand painted fabric/s.

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