Calculating Hexagons

I have been working on building up basted hexagons for one of my quilts whilst we have been away. The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that I started including a Hexie Counter to my widgets a couple of weeks ago. It is not perfect, but it does the job of giving me a visual reminder about how many I have reached. I am actually keeping an Excel spreadsheet, just so I don’t lose count!


Hexie Counter

Now you may think that this is a little obsessive, especially given that I have been sorting all the basted hexies into colour sets and storing them like that. OK, it probably is, but there is a good reason. I need a massive number of hexies for even a small quilt and since I am not following a pattern and haven’t yet decided on the final size, I need to keep a track.

I found a great site when Googled how to work out the number of hexies required. CD Designs has a variety of helpful pages, but the one that has been most useful to me is the Calculating Hexagons page. Some wonderfully helpful person has worked out some formulae that give you the number of rows, columns, hexagons and half hexagons you require, dependent on the size of your hexagons and your intended quilt.

As I haven’t yet decided on the size of my finished quilt, I put in the figures for a twin (single), a double, a queen and a king, keeping my hexies 1 inch. The differences are huge!

               No. Hexies.       No. Half Hexies

Twin:           2532                 60

Double:       2930                 62

Queen:        3692                 71

King:            5538                 79

I wasn’t happy with just these figures (oh dear…). So I then decided to work out how many flowers I would need to make overall if I was to stick with my original idea for a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt. And that depends on the size of flower and whether I put any ‘paths’ between them. You see how much I really need to get round to deciding!!

1 layer hexie flower

1 layer hexie flower

2 layer hexie flower

2 layer hexie flower

1 layer hexie flower with paths

1 layer hexie flower with paths

The number of flowers would give me the number of centres required, and since I have decided to go with Kona Solids for the centres (Woo-hoo! A decision I have actually made!) I needed to know how much material to prep.

I won’t bore you with the table of figures I came up with. Suffice to say that I need anything from 54 to 400 centres! For the moment I am aiming for a mid-point in these figures.

So far, having basted almost all of the Zoe Pearn ‘A Beautiful Thing’ fabric, I am up to 160 hexagons with 72 more prepped to baste. I am going to be spending a long, long time making this quilt.


I have, therefore, decided that when I have finished the current lot, I am going to take a break and try to complete another of my projects. I don’t want to get hexie fatigue! Keep an eye on the counter though, as I will update it as I complete more hexies.

(Please note that this is not a sponsored post in any way. All opinions are my own)😊


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