Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hexagon Star Flower - No 'Y' Seams tutorial

Finished Size : 8" x 9 1/2 "
5" sided hexagon

The hexagon star flower block has always been one of my favourites. Traditionally pieced with 'Y' seams it can be challenging block to make. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to demo the Jaybird Quilts rulers. Jaybird has a wonderful collection of patterns that accompany the rulers but I wondered if I could cut and piece some of my favourite blocks that used shapes that had 60 degree angles or part therefore of - equilateral triangles, hexagons, half hexagons and jewels.

To make the block

(F8 and FQ friendly. Many blocks can be made from a bundle of these pre-cuts.)
  • 1 - 1 1/2" x 22" strip for centre
  • 2 - 2 1/2" x 22" strips of different fabrics for setting triangles
  • 1 - 3 1/2" x 22" for star points

Each segment  is made from setting triangles, a jewel and centre triangle. There are 6 segments.

I used the following markings on the mini ruler.

Setting Diamonds
Using the Mini Hex n More ruler cut:

  • 6 equilateral triangles from each 2 1/2" strips. There is no marking on the ruler to cut at the 2 1/2" mark so I placed 1/4" tape under the dashed line. I left the overhanging 'rabbit ears' when cutting.

Flip the ruler to make the next cut.

You should have a total of 12 equilateral triangles -  6 of each fabric.

Cut from the 1 1/2" strip:

  • 6 equilateral triangles.

Star Points

Cut from the 3 1/2" strip:

  • 6 jewels. I fussy cut these pieces. I placed the ruler over the desired pattern repeat and cut a 3 1/2" strip, centring the feature pattern ( Tour Eiffel ).

  • Sew a centre triangle to the base of a jewel. There should be 1/4" overhang at each end.

  • Press open seam. Make 6.

  • Add a setting triangle to one side of each jewel. There will be a 1/4" overhang on each side of the piece.

  •  Press seam open and remove 'rabbit ears'. Make 6.

  • Repeat for other side. Make 6.

  • Arrange finished units into 3 segments to make a 1/2 hexagon.
  • Sew together, matching seams at intersecting points.

  • Sew the 2 halves together.

I might continue using different fabrics and make a quilt. To make the assembly of a quilt top easier, I would leave the block unfinished in 2 halves, so I could join the rows without using 'Y' seams. 

I would love to see blocks made with this method and ruler. Use #miniHexnMore on social media. 


  1. lovely block jane ive never heard of this ruler where do u buy it love yr choice of fabric

  2. I love it Jane! I have the large hex and more ruler coming in the mail but I can see the mini won't be far behind!

  3. Love this version Jane! And @jaybirdquilts rulers are terrific to work with, easy to use and perfect piecing.

  4. This is wonderful. I really dislike Y seams so this tutorial is perfect!

  5. Wonderful block - maybe I'll finally get around to taking the shrikwrap off my hex and more ruler, ugh, it's been taunting me but I have more ideas than time to sew lately. A scrappy version with the design would be awesome. It looks paper pieced and isn't (happy face).

  6. I don't have the mini, I have the larger hex n more - I can see that I will be playing around with some fun fabrics and sizing to get the same effect with the larger ruler.

  7. What size block does this make? I tried calculating it and would gues

  8. What size Hexie does this make? I tried to estimate, but... Wonderful block! Thanks!

  9. I may have missed it, but how big do these end up at?

  10. I have the big version on the hex and more ruler and am doing her "Toes in the Sand" pattern. It is fun and the blocks are so easy. I need to get the mini ruler for smaller blocks. It is a great ruler, really genius.

  11. this looks like a template that would be really useful, unlike so many I have bought in the past and never used.

  12. I love this! I need this ruller so that I can make one!!!!!! Fantastic!

  13. What a great way to use this ruler, and what a terrific tutorial on how to create this beautiful block. Thank you!

  14. Holy smokes! I have this ruler, and was wondering what I could do with it, and here you go giving such clear, easy directions. Thank you so much! This simplifies things tremendously.

  15. how do you sew the 2 halves together and have it still lay flat in the middle where all your seams meet? Mine keeps bunching up!

  16. wonderful. I had just watched the mini hex video but it was only about cutting. Your tutorial is great. Love the fussy cut design also.


Thank you for leaving a comment. I love to read my guests comments and I will try my best to reply. Please note - Your comment will not appear until approved.