Hexagon Goals. Hexagoals.

Overhead view of fabric hexagons in many different fabric prints.

In case you were wondering how it’s going with my Denyse Schmidt fabrics hexagon project: it’s going pretty well!

The other day I laid out all the hexagons I’ve made, to get an idea of the colour distribution. It’s fun to see them all like this! It gives a bit of an idea of what the quilt could look like. I have an idea for how I want to put the hexagons together, I hope it works. But I’m not going to start thinking seriously about that for quite a while.

I’ve been thinking about why I never really got anywhere with this project, when I originally started it, back in 2013. And I think partially it was a combination of life and other projects. But also because I didn’t fully…’understand’ the project. Like, how many hexagons do you need to make a decent sized quilt? Of course, that depends on the size of the quilt.

For the size I want to make, I am probably going to need around 3,000.

That’s a lot. It feels kinda overwhelming.

To feel less overwhelmed, and to not feel like I am just making hexagons with no idea of how many I have made, I have a system of smaller goals. Completing the smaller goals will help me keep on track with the Big Goal.

I aim to make 300 hexagons per month, which means 10 hexagons per day. That is an achievable amount! And usually I end up making 2-3 extra each day. Which is great. Because that means that hopefully I’ll exceed my goal each month.

But making extra each day also means that if I need to skip a day or two, it’s not a big deal, I’ll still reach the monthly target. Although I do try to not break the chain, even if it means just making a single hexagon each day.

To track things, I have set up a spreadsheet where I add the day’s hexagons. The spreadsheet then calculates the running monthly total, the average and median number of hexagons per day. Plus a projected monthly total based on the daily average. Yes, I am a bit of a nerd. :-D

But I find it really helpful to see the total going up and also how, by just making a little bit extra each day, I can exceed my monthly target. That makes the Big Goal feel a lot more achievable.

I feel like there is a life lesson in that somewhere… :-D

Overhead view of a large biscuit tin filled with fabric hexagons in many different prints and colours.

The hexagons were spilling out of their previous container so I put them in this large biscuit tin. But that too is full. So I think I need to get myself a large tub of some type.

I really feel like this project is properly on track now. I will finish it. It will just take quite a while to finish it. I’m hoping that I can finish all the hexagons in 2024. And then I can spend 2025 sewing it all together. I have a loose aim to finish the whole quilt by my birthday in April 2026. We shall see… :-)



  1. January 1, 2024 / 4:11 am

    I am also recently picked up a hexie project that I abandoned years ago, not as long as yours, I started mine in 2018. And I aim to finished it the new 2024 year!! Lets do it.

    • Carina
      January 4, 2024 / 1:44 pm

      Ambitious! :-)
      How big is your hexagon quilt going to be?
      Mine definitely won’t be done next year! :-D

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