Cut strips 2 1/2 inches wide. I opted to use fabrics from my stash, cutting them in lengths that would accommodate the size of the half hexie. If the strip was long enough, I folded it and cut several hexies at a time.
Place the Hex N More ruler so that the solid line on the ruler (the line on the ruler that is 1/4" below seam allowance line) is lined up with the bottom edge of the fabric strip. I cut on the right side, following the shape of the ruler.
Flip the fabric strip over so that the cut side is now on the left.
Place the ruler on the shape with the edge of the ruler matching the solid line of the 6 1/2" hexagon marking. See the blue tape? I taped it to the back of the ruler on the edge of the black line so that it would be easier to for me to place the fabric aligned to the correct size. This is especially useful when cutting lots of half hexies at one time.
Once everything is lined up properly, cut the right side of the fabric, again following the shape of the ruler.
You now have a perfect 6 1/2" half hexie, or maybe more if you cut in layers like I did.
To start a braid, place two hexies right sides together, so that the shortest side of the top hexie is lined up with the long side of the bottom hexie. Sew this short seam together, matching the shape as you see it in the picture.
Press away from the first hexie. This is what it will look like.
Place the third half hexie on top of the second half hexie as you see it in the picture, right sides together.
Sew this seam and press. I chose to fingerpress after each seam, using the iron every once in awhile after I had sewn several seams.
Add the next half hexie and sew it to the last one with the same placement as before.
And so on, and so on...
I hope this helps, but if you still have questions, here are three more places to visit.
1) The creator of the ruler, Julie at Jaybird Quilts, has put together several tutorials on how to use the ruler. No need to reinvent the wheel, right? Click on the link HERE for information on cutting the half hexies.
2) Heirloom Creations also has an excellent YouTube tutorial HERE that shows you how to use the ruler.
3) The queen of YouTube quilting videos Jenny Doan, of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, has a short video called Friendship Braid Quilt Idea HERE that shows you how to start your braid. Look for it around the one minute mark of the video.
So there you have it. Are you going to make some braids?
It's a great day for quilting!