How to Finish the Edge of a Hexagon Quilt

How to Finish the Edge of a Hexagon Quilt

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In this video I show different ways to finish the edge of a hexagon or Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.

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50 Comments

  1. Debi Sayer on November 8, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve been thinking to do a facing exactly how you described doing it.

  2. Mary O'Connor on November 8, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I like your red white and blue GFG patten

  3. Mira on November 8, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Obrigada por compartilhar, exatamente o que eu procurava.

  4. Bryan Paris on November 8, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for the video! I would love to tey the facing tecnique but when do you take those very outside papers out?

  5. Naomi on November 8, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Great tutorial! Thanks for covering a topic that’s been ignored by other instructors. My hexie quilt top is growing a little bit each year, and it’s finally a throw size. I’m trying to stick with it until I have a twin. We’ll see. But now I have good ideas for finishing!!!

  6. No Script Here on November 8, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I’m so glad you popped up on my search. I made a big one for my table for January, thinking ahead, but never considered how to finish!! Thanks for all your clear cut ideas!!

  7. Marialla on November 8, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    You need to add this one to your Hexie playlist!

  8. vicki boschman on November 8, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Facing for mine. Thanks for all the tips.

  9. velma guidry on November 8, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I’m so happy I found this video. Now I know how I want to finish mine. Thanks

  10. Tara Ward on November 8, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Robin, I have become fascinated with hexies. I am not a quilter, but am a cross stitcher and love hand stitching, hence the appeal of hexies. I’ve been enjoying making the hexies and would like to put together a small table runner with them, but not sure of the process of adding the backing fabric and batting. I doubt that you can easily answer my question in a comment, but could you possibly direct me to one of your other videos that may explain the basic process to a novice? I really like your ability to explain and demonstrate so well and had hoped you might have another video that would help me. Thanks so much.

  11. Carolyn Anderson on November 8, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Is there a video that shows how to do that?

  12. Chris Graeve on November 8, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    What do you do at each corner? A mitre or straight seam.

  13. Su-Yin Kam on November 8, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you for the ideas. I am working on my first project without a sewing machine as a birthday gift for a dear friend. Now I have confidence to finish the project

  14. Tracey Coles on November 8, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    I love the facing idea for a stand alone project, but I’m thinking of adding some hexies to a sampler quilt, so the border idea will help that work in to it.

  15. RsIslandCrafts - Robin on November 8, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Do you have a hexie or Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt in your UFO (unfinished object) pile because you didn’t know how to finish the edges of the quilt? I have a few ideas for you!

  16. Connie King on November 8, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    I want to put a 5 “ border on my hexie quilt.I want to machine stitch around in a blanket stitch. Should I spray starch and remove the paper on the outside before I pin to attach the binding.? It is all pressed but I didn’t use starch. Thinking want to try hand quilting maybe or maybe not so should I secure the outside of the binding on the underneath edge in with the quilting top or should I do a stitch around to anchor it. I am doing Kates hexie quilt for her granddaughter and she hasn’t gotten to that part and I remembered you had this video. It has helped immensely. Thank you.

  17. Elaine Armenta on November 8, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks so much! You gave me a new option. I inherited a grandmother’s flower garden quilt and have quilted it all, but hesitating on the finishing. Marci Baker from alicias attic also has another facing idea, you might like. Watch her video. Thanks for the new option!

  18. Montra Clements on November 8, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you for so many. Suggestions in this video and the one on strings. Love your videos.💕

  19. Gale White on November 8, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I just re-watched this video. I don’t know yet how I’ll finish my grandmother’s flower garden but now I have ideas. The facing seems to be the nicest, but the most work. But I think I might go with the straight border. Thanks for the video!

  20. Vallerie Joy on November 8, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    I’m currently hand stitching my first quilt (ever). It’s graduated sized hexagons and this video was very helpful, thank you.

  21. Laura Fuoco on November 8, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks you so much for this. My first quilt has been sat waiting to be finished for ages. I just could not figure out how to keep the edges wiggly

  22. Bonnie Brannon on November 8, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you – I love this technique! 👏🥰

  23. Pam Davies on November 8, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you I have been trying to work out how to finish my Grandmas Garden quilt and was going to border it but now I think I might face it I love that idea.

  24. Lenore Dunn on November 8, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    If you hand quilt with embroidery thread, how many strands will you use?

  25. Collette Landwer on November 8, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I love the idea of the hexagon border with the facing … but I’m only 25 small flowers into my grandmothers quilt, lol … I may change my mind.
    I’m thinking of lots of white hexagons on the bottom/right corner so I can appliqué some green vines, leaves in the one corner … but again, still I. Early stages of quilt

  26. Marialla on November 8, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    My understanding is that hexagon quilts were among the first type of patchwork ever to become popularized in the craft, way back around the Civil War. Back then they were called "mosaic" quilts, and usually the colors were kept randomized rather than in patterns. Then patterns of stripes of similar-fabric hexies became popular. Then the GFG. All along, the purpose of making these quilts was always acknowledged as not being "because the family needs a warm blanket". Blankets were much easier to come by than this! No, this was done as a form of entertainment, and a chance to show off one’s creativity and craftsmanship.
    So to me, folks who want to take shortcuts to machine sew these treasures are missing the point. Speeding up production would only shorten the time spent enjoying the sewing. These are not projects meant for people who don’t like to sew. I always love when I see a hand-sewn quilt, especially a hexie one, because I know I’ve met a kindred spirit who chose to do things the long way for the love of it, creating a family treasure, rather than a capitalist focused on cranking out a great number of quilts in a short time.

  27. 911Stitcher on November 8, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I just found your video and this was so helpful for me! I’m finding a lot of instruction on how to make hexagons, but no videos on what to do after or how to finish it. Thank you for such great ideas. I’m a new subscriber ❤

  28. Jackie Hitchcock on November 8, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Hi, can I use a old bed sheet for my EPP hexies? Thanks… I love all your videos!!

  29. Marsupio on November 8, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Very useful video. Thank you for showing a variety of options.

  30. betty r on November 8, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I would choose the facing no matter if it is more work.

  31. Tanya Stille on November 8, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I recently got into making these but count find how to finish them. Thankfully, you. Are along and rescued me. Thank you sooooooo much!

  32. Zelphia Ellerson on November 8, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Decisions, decisions!!! Hopefully, I’ll have an idea once I get close to finishing!!! This has been a fun morning for me. Thanks so much!

  33. Tanya Stille on November 8, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    You are so right. I love making them and hand sewing them instead of the glue. I want all of it done by hand.

  34. Lynn Moon on November 8, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Robin cause of you I made all hand sewing hexy new blanket. Grandmother 👵🏻 or gardening nanny I’m not sure but I made it due to your inspiration and encouragement. Thank you.
    It’s only taken me since February 😬🥴

  35. beyes h on November 8, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I like the facing and the boarder idea. 😅😅 Hard choice. 😄

  36. Lori Esau on November 8, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I think I’m going to do a large neutral border to match the neutral between my flowers, then I may decide to applique some of my leftover hexis and flowers on the border. Might do some leaves and vines, too. So many beautiful borders on Pinterest.

  37. Savannah stitcher on November 8, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Excellent video. I am new to EPP and was wondering how to finish it.

  38. Connie King on November 8, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you ! Thank you! Have spent 2 hours trying to find way to finish and quilt my hexie quilt when I am ready. You have given so many options

  39. KathyN on November 8, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I’m just starting a hexagon quilt using only hand sewing…no glue. If I live long enough to finish this (I’m 67🙏🏼) I will definitely refer back to your video to finish it. All the scraps I have left over from sewing hundreds of face masks are going to finally get used. I’m so happy!!! Thanks for all your help😘

  40. Amanda Jane on November 8, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    I am so happy to read the comments from people like me who are slowly sewing hexagon quilt tops. I have just stitched half a queen sized and although it will continue to be a project I pick up and put down I am now beginning to think about how to finish the edges.

  41. Belinda Hodge on November 8, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    A dear friend’s mother gave me a hexi quilt that was not finished. She’d done a huge amount but it had been sitting for years. I have been working on straightening it up and whilst almost there I was then confused about how the edges should look. If it wasn’t for your video I wouldn’t have figured it out. It would never have occurred to me that the sides and the ends would be different but they are! The design is GFG flowers but there’s no background color to highlight them – one is sewn to the other and each flower is in a different colored fabric with the center peice different to the petals. Thank you for making this video. If I had not seen this I’m pretty sure I would have been stuck and unable to finish it.

  42. Anna Taylor on November 8, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for the video. If I ever get around to making an EPP top, I will probably use a facing to finish the edges and keep the wonderful edge shape. ❤️

  43. Karen Davies on November 8, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Robin, I am new to this so can I just confirm I will need to put my wedding on and quilt before I do the edges. Another question I have is when do you remove the tracking stitches around the hexyshexy. Thank you Karen

  44. Marilyn Book on November 8, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    I watched this video when you first posted it but had to watch again because I am doing some placemats for the grandkids and was not sure how I was going to finish them. I am waffling between facing and border. Thank you again for a great video. Wish I could give it more than 1 like.

  45. Mom de Plume on November 8, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you! I made a hexie quilt with 18 inch hexagons – started for my daughter’s wedding but now finishing 7 years later for my first grandchild 😉 it’s just 7 pieces so I don’t want to cut it or add bits to square it off.

    I’m trying the flip method, pray for me 🤣

  46. sylvia back on November 8, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing this I’m just about to tie a kingsize grandmother flower garden quilt, the edges were what was worrying me this is great adding a border thanks robin I like the facing idea

  47. Dora Camarena on November 8, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Very nice Henie runner , love the colors ,!!!!

  48. Vagabond Dee's Adventures on November 8, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for the great video. So helpful. I am working on my first “soon to be” completed projects. I have been making flowers for a few years now. Focusing on completing a full sized top and originally planned to do an added border and appliqué. But I think I might like the facing better. Another few months to the project so I will see what it tells me when I am done. I loved this video but would have preferred you waited until you had a facing outline done. And I would like to have seen a completed project. But what you did has inspired me and I thank you for that. I am a visual learner and this helped a lot.

  49. Bonnie Pawlowski on November 8, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Excellent video ! Now I can finish ! Thank you !

  50. Kitkat on November 8, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for making this video. I was wracking my brain on how to finish my grandma’s flower garden

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