Quilt Block Tutorial: Swirling Hexagon

Swirling Hexagon Tutorial
Version 1
This Hexagon quilt piece will require 6 different fabrics and can be made as large as you’d like just by continuing the swirl. This tutorial will use three 1” wide strips and a 1” triangle per each color.

  1. 1. This tutorial will use six 5” square pieces,
  2. 1” triangle acrylic template, and a 2” Wide Hexagon template
  3. (printed from online).

  1. 2. Cut each fabric into three 1” wide strips
  2. (at least 2 strips have to be 5” long) and 1 ¾” square.

  1. 3. Use the 1” triangle template to cut the 1 ¾” square into a triangle.
Center Hexagon (2”): (using 6 different colored 1” triangles ) *split and press each seam after sewing.

  1. 1. Sew 1st triangle to the 2nd triangle.
  2. 2. Sew 3rd triangle to the 2nd triangle.
  3. 3. Repeat (a.) and (b.) for triangles 4-6.
  4. 4. Sew 1st set of triangles to the 2nd set of triangles.  *Carefully align the center point and pin. Be ready to use the seam ripper on this step because getting the two sets to align perfectly will take time and effort)
  1. 5. Using the 2” hexagon, trim the sewn piece to make a clean 2” hexagon center piece.
  2. *Again carefully align the center and corners to end up with a perfect hexagon.


Swirling Color Strips: (*This tutorial will create 3 rings of swirling colors. More rings can be added to create a larger final hexagon.)

  1. 1. Sew first strip matching the color of the triangle. The strip will need to be at least ¾” longer on the bottom. Leave ¼” un-sewn on bottom for partial seam for the final strip of this ring.
  2. 2. Press outwards and trim.
  3. 3. Sew next strip matching up the triangle colors.
  1. 4. Repeat until you create a full ring of colors. For final strip of the ring, pin back the first strip of the ring with partial seam and sew the final strip. Remove pin, fold back the pressed seam and continue the stitch of the seam.
  2. 5. Trim the strips by cutting parallel to the previous strip to create a clean hexagon.
  3. 6. Repeat Steps (a.) thru (e.) for the next 3 or more rings. Remember to start out the first strip of each ring with a partial seam.
  4. 7. After the final trim of the 3rd ring, you will be left with a approx. 4.5” Hexagon piece.
The hexagon swirl design in this tutorial was originally used in this quilt.
If you make a block using this tutorial, please add it to my Flickr group, Parfait Projects!
Please feel free to contact us for any questions at all!
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49 Responses to “Quilt Block Tutorial: Swirling Hexagon”

  1. Lynne says:

    Oh my, something else for me to get excited about! I love it most in that tone-on-tone blue!

  2. Safieh says:

    Can’t wait to try this, thanks for posting the tutorial!

  3. Leanne says:

    Thank you for making this tutorial! I really love your original quilt and I hope to try this out soon.

  4. Liz Tius says:

    Madame Parfait I have just found your website and am loving each and every block you have done. As soon as I finish my DWR I’m just going to have to make some.

  5. Alissa says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! Very very much appreciated! xxx

  6. Leanne says:

    Hi, I just came back to say I made some blocks using your tutorial, it was very clear and easy to follow and I really like them. I blogged about them here: http://shecanquilt.blogspot.com/2011/08/playing-with-solids.html

  7. happy zombie says:

    Wow! WOW! I feel like I should send you flowers and chocolates to go along with my thank you! Thank you, your swirling hexi is a-freaking-mazing!

  8. Asija says:

    I recreated your block before the tutorial went up –
    thank you so much I love this block!

  9. Susan says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial. I think I need to try that.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Likee, likee!!!

  11. Thanks for the tutorial!I really love your original work!Blessings y kisss

  12. Lydia says:

    Wow! Absolutely amazing. Love it Madame, you have some serious skills! :)

  13. apaolal says:

    very very interesting and beautiful idea….
    ohhh yeahhhh
    many thanks

  14. cidadacri says:

    ola, estive aqui

  15. Rhea says:

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    I actually had to share this post, “Quilt Block Tutorial: Swirling Hexagon

  17. K B Parnell says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. This is great. Can’t wait to make a sample block!!

  18. Velia lauerman says:

    Thanks sew much for this wonderful hexagon. Not bored with the hexagons but this adds SPICE to the Slice.

  19. Irina says:

    So nice! I’ve a few charm squares from a solid palette and I’ll try to make some. thanks for sharing!

  20. Maria says:

    What a gorgeous gorgeous block. Thank you for sharing….don’t know if I will be able to do it!!

  21. Iara says:

    Muito bom. Obrigado pela informação

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  24. Colleen Waltner says:

    Wow! What a great idea. Can’t wait to try it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Seus blocos são maravilhosos. Parabéns……Cristina( Brasil )

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  26. VeryUnique Tahiti says:

    What a wonderful idea! I can just see this block in the colours of the rainbow! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  28. Arline says:

    Just found this amazing block and am going to give it a try however, is the center cut 1 and 3/4″ square or is it 1 square cut 3/4″ square

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