The new year is off to a bit of a slow quilting start for me.

I am working behind the scenes with Partners in Design on our upcoming and third QAL…look for our announcement next month! And I’m currently looking for a bed quilt pattern that calls to me to make it (soon I hope!) and in between I’ve been hand sewing hexies.

These are 1 1/2” hexies in pretty summer colors, to counteract the gray weather here, from a charm pack by Me and My Sister for Moda fabrics “Badda Bing.”


Hexie quilted coaster

To start I’m making a four coaster set, my new kitty coffee mug from Santa is quite pleased!

Cat mug on Hexie quilted coaster

I keep little projects like hexies in cigar boxes:


I love cigar boxes for storage because:

  • They remind me of my grandfather who was never without his cigars.
  • Many have vintage reproductions of beautiful works of art from the 19th century.
  • They are free!

Or nearly…When I go to a bottle shop that sells cigars, I always ask them if they have empty boxes. If yes, they always say take whatever ones you want (they just discard them anyway.) A new beer store in my town has a shelf of empty boxes you can choose from for a whole $1.00 each.

  • They are made of real wood or recyclable cardboard.
  • It is a feel good up-cycle:)

Each is like a little treasure chest to me. Here are a few from my collection:

A real wood box with a beautiful label, varnished and with a real metal clasp.


I did some internet research and found oodles of information about cigar box history. It was in the 1880’s that the labels came into their own; printed, embossed and glued to boxes. The pictures and settings were varied but were meant to “capture a man’s attention”; with scenes of trains, travel, patriotism and oh of course lest I not mention, sex appeal.

Since they were mass produced, via stone lithographs, and were considered advertisements they were not given the distinction of “real art.” Now however there are many museum exhibits and collectors of the rare originals who give these labels their due.

I also love to collect tins for holding needles, safety pins and paperclips. I have gum tins, chocolate tins and tea ones too!

What do you collect for storing your notions or anything else?

I hope to have my next post be the start of a new quilt! Thanks for stopping by ~Abbie 🤗

I’m linking up with JANDA Bend Quilt’s Pieceful Sunday and Pretty Piney’s What I Made Monday.


25 thoughts on “Hexies

  1. I think your hexie coasters are very cute and I am going to make a few for myself…or for Christmas gifts for 2019! Thanks for the idea, Abbie! Cigar boxes…they really are great for storage. Mom has a few that she keeps her office supplies in but they are perfect for sewing projects…another great idea I am going to “borrow”! I up-cycle different things for storage but my all time favorite are glass Mason jars. They come in several different sizes…I use a jelly jar to store my make-up brushes or craft paint brushes. Larger quart jars are good for buttons, misc. rick rack, etc.

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    1. Thanks Cindy!
      Hexies are a nice project when you want you sew but are not at your machine.
      That’s cool your Mom uses cigar boxes too! I’m reading others who use jars and I don’t
      why I don’t! It really makes sense, you can up-cycle and actually see what you have in each one. Sometimes out of sight is out of mind with me, so clear containers are perfect.
      Thanks for the ideas of all the things I can use them for and how pretty they would look all lined up :)


  2. Those hexie coasters are so cute! I didn’t even know cigar boxes still existed (I have no idea what I thought cigars now come in – ha). Okay, dumb question — do the boxes smell like cigars? Some of them are really beautiful.

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  3. I used to own a cigar box purse…and I loved it. I have a few boxes around somewhere, but your collection is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the history of the cigar boxes.
    I love your hexies. I tried making a few, but I put them away for a bit. I will have to get back to them. The coaster is just perfect for your cup.

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    1. Thanks Chela!
      It’s funny, Sandy of Gray Barn Designs just commented she had a cigar box purse too. I’d never heard of it and found some good tutorials to make one :)
      I tried hexies before too but didn’t get the hexie bug until now. 🐜😻
      PS I loved following your hexie block memory quilt project.


  4. ABBIE!!! I thought I was the only person who still had old cigar boxes, and used them for whatever. My dad was a huge pipe and cigar smoker, and I have a bunch from him. I just love that there is still a very faint smell of the sweet tobacco he used to smoke, and it bring me such joy to think of him. And those boxes you shared are SO very cool!!! Oh geez – we are definitely sisters from different mothers as I kind of collect tins too. Anything can be stored in them and kept safe, plus they can then go in the cigar box too. HAHA! {{Hugs}} Thanks for the fabulous post. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hello Roseanne my cigar box sister! It’s so fun to learn we have this in common.
      That’s wonderful that you have ones that belonged to your Pops. And yes, what is better than tins in cigar boxes! Ah the simple pleasures in life :)
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post Roseanne, that makes my day!

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  5. Beautiful fabrics and hexies! I think they are just perfect and yes so spring/summer-like. I have a few cigar boxes but it seems I had more access to those great shops in PA than in MA. I don’t get to the great antique places here as I did there – my mother loved to go. Fun to know some of the history and your love of them.

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  6. Yet again, we have something in common! I have quite a few wooden cigar boxes, some were free, but some were not, because they figured out it is a commodity. I wish I lived where you do, since I haven’t added new ones in at least a decade. I store my specialty embroidery threads in them, usually spools. There is one kind I love because the box smells divine, even after all this time. And they probably don’t make them any more! I also collect tins of all kinds and sizes. I have quite a few vintage Whitman’s Sampler tins, but I save any candy or cookie or mint or whatever tins for buttons, beads, and whatever else suits. What a great batch you’ve shown. The hexagon projects in them is ideal. I have several in Whitman’s tins. =)

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    1. That’s so fun you use cigar boxes too! Finding the ones I like can be more of a challenge as many of the today’s brands have very generic or boring boxes.
      I love Whitman sampler tins too! It’s wonderful you have actual vintage ones. I have collected quite a few I find on sale after Christmas at Rite Aid or CVS.
      We definitely have similar tastes. 😃


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