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Hexagon quilt block patterns and names

KayGV | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

I am collecting hexagon based quilt block ideas for use in a children’s math class I teach.  If you know the historical names of hex quilt blocks, have drawings, or photos or URL references, please post them.  thanks! KayGV

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  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    My Standard Book of Quiltmaking (1949) lists the first as Hexagon.  Rising Star has a 6-point star within a hexagon, as does Flower Star.  Star of Bethlehem has a central hexagon, and one called Winter Quilt uses small hexagons in dark and light arranged in diamonds.  A similar one, arranged in darks and lights around a central motif is called Honeycomb or Mosaic.

    When my daughter did a similar project in math class, she found a lot of patterns on the internet under the search term: "Tesselations+hexagons."

  2. lilah | | #2

    The best known hex pattern is Grandmother's Flower Garden.  There's a really fab pattern called Jack's Chain that has hexagons, triangles and squares.  Depending on the choice of fabrics (the values), different shapes stand out.    

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