Make a hexagon template with an old plastic container, or some card stock (like I did). If you& just beginning, you should start with at least a inch template, although I used a 2 inch hexagon for this tutorial.
interesting idea from OP-- a lot of work but yeah. OP:You make this into a big quilt and then embroider your kids paper, or a fun poem, your bucket list, a love letter! This would be a fun quilt to make for Ross!