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Posted by Shari on October 19th, 2014

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
Hello, Friends...It's Amy from Amy Made That! and I'm delighted to be your guest blogger today with a fun product review.  Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite sewing tool...the Hexagon Trim Tool  from Creative Grids!

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
If you've visited my blog, you'll know that I've got a "thing" for hexagons.  When I watched the video from Creative Grids, showing just a few "hexagon things" you can do with this ruler, I knew just had to try it out.  (You can find the Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool and video here.)

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
I started with a bundle of fat quarters, in the awesome new line called Elementary  by Sweetwater for Moda.  You could use any fabrics that have great colors, contrast and interest, such as small prints or text.  (Oh.Cool. This line has ALL of that!)

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
I cut about 20 strips from the bundle, measuring 1 3/4" x 22" or so.  I cut at least 2 strips from each print that I used.

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
I cut some pieces of fabric for the center hexagons, in 2", 4" and 6" sizes, using the ruler.  I wanted to test a few variations, so I used all of these sizes, for different blocks.  (Those are the "finished" measurements...they are cut 1/2" larger.)

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
The first method I tested was for the "Pineapple Hexagon" described in the video tutorial at 4 min 20 seconds.  Here's the sweet block that appeared at the end, just by following those easy instructions.  (I just chose my favorite fabrics and added them to every other side, in rounds.)

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
For the next block, I decided to simply add a border to a large block.  I used the partial seam technique that I learned in the Creative Grids video at 1 minute.  Here's how it looked after adding the strips.

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
After trimming, it really looks fabulous!

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
This one was really quick to make...so I made another one!  It was fun to fussy cut a big chunk of text print.

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
I noticed a great quilt in the background of the video, starting at about 7 minutes 50 seconds, and I decided to add several rounds to a 4" finished center hexagon.

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
So far, so good.  I trimmed it and added the next round.  What a dramatic change in the look!

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
I made one more Pineapple Hexagon, this time using random strips for a scrappy look.  Have you ever tried paper piecing?  The technique used with this ruler is similar, I think, because you add strips to existing shapes, then trim them into the final hexagon shape.
The first step was to add a strip to every other side of a center hexagon...this one was only 2" finished.  The next three strips were stitched to the remaining three sides.  At this stage it really looks like a triangle, not a hexagon at all!

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
I picked up the Hexagon Trim Tool and magically the block was turned into a hexagon!

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool 
The same steps were repeated for another round.  I added the first three strips, to every other side.  Now I filled in the remaining three sides...

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
...and the larger hexagon shape was created after trimming.

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
Here's how it looked after the third round.

Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool
So THAT was fun!  Won't you stop by again soon for Part 2?  I'm going to share a tutorial for making "Textagon" Mug Rugs  using these fun blocks!
Amy 
Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool post was designed and created for Bear Creek Quilting Company by Amy from Amy Made That by eamylove.
Fabric used in this tutorial is from Elementary  by Sweetwater for Moda.
Do you love free fabric?  Do you love to teach?  Want to be a contributor on our blog?  Send us an email at web@bearcreekquiltingcompany.com to get started!
 

Comments

  • 1. Posted by Jean Ann Wright on November 7th, 2014 at 8:38 p.m.
    Amy thanks for sharing your ideas to use my hexagon trim tool. I love to see all the creative blocks it can make.
  • 2. Posted by Mara on November 3rd, 2014 at 12:04 a.m.
    Looks like you had a lot of fun, love the first pineapple one the best, great colors.
  • 3. Posted by LecClier on October 26th, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.
    What a cute pattern! I guess I need to get me the Hexagon tool. :)
  • 4. Posted by Rosemary Bolton on October 26th, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.
    This is adorable. I love this text fabric too! Shari, thank you for sharing these great blocks. I just bought one of these hex tools with a coupon, lolol so now I guess I should use it, right?
  • 5. Posted by Lori on October 26th, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.
    Amy you always make such wonderful things. Thank you for the tutorial and cannot wait for part 2......
  • 6. Posted by Karen Miller on October 20th, 2014 at 12:33 p.m.
    Amy your hexie blocks are just perfect and you make it look so easy. You know it must be a winner if it gets me to think twice about doing piecework - ha ha ha! I can't wait to see Part 2. Thank you so much for sharing!
  • 7. Posted by Debbie Rogowski on October 19th, 2014 at 6:59 p.m.
    I love this design and you make it look easy. I can't wait to see the mug rug post. Thank you. Oh and the fabric choice is wonderful!
  • 8. Posted by Amy DeCesare on October 19th, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.
    Just to answer Leigh's question...this tool really IS easy to use, especially after viewing the video. I can't wait to make many more hexagon blocks. Come back soon to see what I did with these. HINT: They would make great gifts!
  • 9. Posted by diane b on October 19th, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.
    Elementary my dear, elementary! I've got to have the hexie trim tool, that makes it so quick and easy.
  • 10. Posted by rosa on October 19th, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.
    They are all fabulous.Hard to choose only one fav.
  • 11. Posted by Vicki H on October 19th, 2014 at 1:39 p.m.
    They are all lovely. I don't know which one I like best. Great fabrics too.
  • 12. Posted by kaholly on October 19th, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
    Great tute! Looks like lots of fun.
  • 13. Posted by Sandy@UpstairsHobbyRoom on October 19th, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.
    Fantastic!! Thanks for making that clearer, the blocks are amazing
  • 14. Posted by Susie on October 19th, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.
    These are soooo pretty! I love the way you layer them. This fabric line is perfect for hexies!! Thanks for showing some possibilities using the Creative Grid hexagon ruler!
  • 15. Posted by Leigh on October 19th, 2014 at 11:49 a.m.
    OMG! That looks amazing! Was it easy to use? So cute! Thank you for sharing!