Now, pick up the piles of 2" squares, and place them in stacks, alternating the orientation as shown above.
Next, use dressmaker's shears to trim the corners off of each of the piles. Each pile has 6 fabrics, so you are trimming 6 at a time. Re-stack them as shown above. Note that there are only 6 piles in each row. The 7th pile in each stack, I have set aside to use for centers. These I keep separate from the petal sets, selecting a center for each petal set later in the flower-making process.
The final step is to separate each of the piles into 6 separate piles, one for each of the fabrics. You will end up with 30 singles piles, or petal sets, each with 6 of the same cut and corner-trimmed fabric, enough to make 30 hexie flowers.
Certainly there are other, and even possibly more efficient ways to cut fabrics for hexies, but this way works well for me. Some quilters recommend using the squares without trimming the corners. I tried it that way, but went back to corner-trimming because I like not having the extra bulk toward the centers of each hexie. I'm especially glad I trimmed the corners on my Grandmother's Flower Garden hexie quilt, because it was that much less to stitch through in the hand-quilting process.
Sometimes, the fabric scraps are not strips, or would more effectively be cut as a chunk rather than strip. Basically it's the same process. I stack 6 different fabrics, aligning the top and right hand edges. From this stack, I cut a 4 x 6 inch block, and then cut that in half to make two 2 x 6 inch strips. I align the strips the same way as the 14" strips above, cross-cutting several at one time, and finish the same way as described above.
Fabric Cutting Guide for Different Sizes of Hexies1/4" hexie --- cut 1" squares
1/2" hexie --- cut 1-1/2" squares
3/4" hexie --- cut 2" squares
1" hexie ------ cut 2-1/2" squares
1-1/4" hexie - cut 3" squares
1-1/2" hexie - cut 3-1/2" squares
2" hexie ------ cut 4-1/2" squares
3" hexie ------ cut 6-1/2" squares
4" hexie ------ cut 8-1/2" squares
6" hexie ------ cut 12-1/2" squares
A very handy, and more complete cutting guide is available from Paper Pieces, which is where I get my pieces. Nope, I don't cut my own; too boring, and I really like the precision of die-cut paper pieces!
For a lot more helpful tips on making a hexie quilt, please see these posts:Grandma's Flower Garden - 3/4 Inch Hexie Quilt - Time Study
Hand Quilting a Hexie Quilt
Hexie Quilt - Embroidery Quilting in Flower Centers
Hexie Quilt - Paper Pieces are GONE + Tips
Hexie Quilt - To Fix or Not to Fix
Hexie Quilt Top - Almost Finished
Hexies Galore - Grandma's Flower Garden
Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt - I'm Doin' It!