The only shape I haven’t tried sewing with yet is the Jewel, but I have seen the quilts that Julie from Jaybird Quilts has designed and I cannot wait to experiment with that shape. Check out the Wonton Quilt that Julie designed to see the Jewel Shape in action. One of the nice benefits of this ruler is that in some ways it replaces the need for a 60⁰ ruler because the Hex N More has one built in, so if you do not have one you would not need to purchase it unless you plan on doing 60⁰ triangles larger than 4” finished. Another feature that I appreciate is that you can cut every shape from strips, this saves you time and fabric. For the block above I cut a 6.5” strip of fabric for the center hexagon and then fussy cut the center, I used 3.5” strips for the top & bottom white sections and for the 60⁰ triangles, and another 6.5” strip for the white side pieces. (I will have a tutorial for this block on my blog Monday.)
- The included instructions demonstrate how to cut all four shapes in all four sizes. They are well written and easy to understand.
- The instructions also show you different ways you could combine the shapes.
- The ruler is very versatile and includes the Jewel shape, which I have never seen before.
- Each shape can be cut from strips, this saves time because you can stack your fabrics and cut them faster, it also saves you fabric, meaning less waste.
- Julie from Jaybird Quilts has 8 patterns available for this ruler which would allow you to start creating immediately.
- The only area that I struggled with was shape construction – I understood how to cut everything out but there were no instructions on how to sew the different shapes together. There was a bit of experimentation on my side to construct my first block (see below) before I got the construction method correct – check out my tutorial on Monday and I will show you how I ended up doing it.
Final Thoughts: The Hex N More Ruler is worth the investment. It is highly versatile, giving you 4 different shapes and sizes. As with any new ruler the most important thing is to experiment. It is a fun tool and I see myself using it in my future quilting projects. Thank you again Judy and Vicki for having me here today!
I am so grateful to Melissa for sharing her review of the ruler. I haven’t gotten a chance to play with one yet but I think I need to!
Have a great weekend!