Try Your Hand at Piecing Hexagons—Faux Hexagons!
Create a prairie-inspired wall hanging. At first glance, hexagon quilt block shapes can cause many quilters to think three-intersection-Y-seams! Not so with my all-new Prairie-Style Faux-Hexagon Wall Hanging.
In this blog-exclusive free project, each hexagon shape is created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux-hexagon halves are stitched in columns, with all straight seams, and with relative speed and ease. Plus, the results are dramatic!
Prairie-Style Faux-Hexagon Wall Hanging finished measurements are approx. 15″ W x 24″ L. Use 1/4″ seam allowances.
- Assorted 2-1/2″ precut fabric strips, fat quarters, or fabric scraps (for hexagons)
- 1/4 yd. background fabric
- 1-1/2 yd. brown fabric (sashing, binding, and backing fabric)
- Non-Permanent Marking Pen
- Grandmother’s One Patch Template: Faux-Hexagon
- The Grandmother’s One-Patch Template set, the faux-hexagon, is used for this project.
- Only the 4″ shape is traced and cut from the fabric, including the end pieces. (Watch Nancy demo this online, it’s a lot easier to show this in action than to write about it!)
- Cut two 2-1/2″ fabric strips from background fabric.
- Place two fabric strips, right sides together, to form strip set.
- At the end of strip set, align template and trace a finishing piece using template markings.
- Rotate template and align the straight edge of the template along the edges of the stacked fabric strips. Trace side markings for the 4″ hexagon using a non-permanent marking pen.
- Rotate template and continue to mark 14 background fabric half-hexagon shapes along crosswise strips, as needed.
- Use rotary cutting tools to cut strips along marked lines.
- Trace and cut a total of 14 half-hexagons from the background fabric.
- Trace and cut a total of 16 finishing pieces from the background fabric.
- Trace and cut 19 pair of half-hexagons from the assorted 2-1/2″ precut fabric strips, fat quarters, or fabric scraps (for hexagons).
- Cut two 1″ x 22″ crosswise fabric strips from the brown sashing fabric.
- Arrange the hexagons and end pieces in eight columns, as shown below. Make sure to match half-hexagon fabrics as you design.
- Pin the seams of each column.
- The faux-hexagons are sewn together with straight seams. Make sure to off-set each angled seam 1/4″. There are no Y-seams in this column quilt project!
- Press seam allowances open.
- Columns are created.
- Join column pairs using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Trim the excess “dog ear” triangle pieces using rotary cutting tools.
- Then, the columns are sewn together. Press seams open. That’s it—all straight seaming.
- Create the center panel first.
- Then, create the right and left column pairs.
- Arrange the three sections.
- Trim the 1″ brown sashing strips to the length of the left and right sections. Join all section with 1/4″ seams.
- Quilt as desired. I opted to stitch-in-the-ditch to quilt this small project.
- Bind project using your favorite binding methods.
For more column quilt ideas, watch Quick Column Quilts (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three) on Sewing With Nancy online.
For a chance to win a copy of Grandmother’s One Patch Template Collection from Clover, please leave a comment sharing your plans for your next hexagon-style project.
Her comment was, “I make more baby size quilts than any other. Love this pattern!”
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