Try Your Hand at Piecing Hexagons—Faux Hexagons!

How to Make a Prairie Style Quilted Wall Hanging by Nancy Zieman

Try Your Hand at Piecing Hexagons—Faux Hexagons!

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How to Make a Prairie Style Quilted Wall Hanging by Nancy ZiemanCreate 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!

Note from Nancy Logo     The key to tricking the eye into seeing hexagon units is to work in matching half-hexagon pairs. Smaller prints and batiks are perfect for this project.

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
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons A1


  • 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!)

Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template

  • 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.

Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 1

  • 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.

Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 2a

  • Rotate template and continue to mark 14 background fabric half-hexagon shapes along crosswise strips, as needed. Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template
  • Use rotary cutting tools to cut strips along marked lines.

Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 3

  • Trace and cut a total of 14 half-hexagons from the background fabric.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 5a
  • Trace and cut a total of 16 finishing pieces from the background fabric.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 4n
  • Trace and cut 19 pair of half-hexagons from the assorted 2-1/2″ precut fabric strips, fat quarters, or fabric scraps (for hexagons).
    Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 5
  • 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.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 7
  • Pin the seams of each column.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 6
  • 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!

Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 8

  • Press seam allowances open.
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  • Columns are created.

Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 10


  • Join column pairs using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 11
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Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 12

  • Trim the excess “dog ear” triangle pieces using rotary cutting tools.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 13
  • Then, the columns are sewn together. Press seams open. That’s it—all straight seaming.
  • Create the center panel first.

Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 14


Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 16
  •  Then, create the right and left column pairs.
  • Arrange the three sections.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 17
  • Trim the 1″ brown sashing strips to the length of the left and right sections. Join all section with 1/4″ seams.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 18Note from Nancy Logo    Faux-hexagon halves are stitched in columns, eliminating the intersection of three seams—otherwise known as Y-seams. Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons 16a
  • Quilt as desired. I opted to stitch-in-the-ditch to quilt this small project.
  • Bind project using your favorite binding methods.
Nancy Zieman Faux Hexagons Last

For more column quilt ideas, watch Quick Column Quilts (Part OnePart Two, and Part Three) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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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.Trace 'n Create Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Templates by Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The winner of  a copy of Nancy’s Spool Quilts pattern and No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover is Linda Edwards.

Her comment was, “I make more baby size quilts than any other. Love this pattern!”

Prize NancysSpool Quilt Pattern

Happy Stitching!

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Laurie Ladd
    February 28, 2017

    A Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt is on my bucket list to do. The Grandmother’s One Patch Collection Templates would make it so much easier.

  • Kris
    February 28, 2017

    Great inspiration for a wall hanging. Love it.

  • Joyce Leary
    February 28, 2017

    I have never done a hexagon project but this one looks very nice and I might want to try my hand at it. Thank you for your ideas, nancy!

  • Carolyn Carter
    February 28, 2017

    Love the hexies … now I would like o try this. Before they always looked so difficult I wouldn’t have considered to attempt it. Thank you.

  • BevM
    February 28, 2017

    I have a set of fat quarter batiks that I have been saving for a special pattern. This interesting hexagon quilt might just be perfect.

  • Traci Y
    February 28, 2017

    I’m actually in the process of making a couple of hexagon blocks for a sampler quilt. Wow what a great idea to speed things up!

  • Susan Spiers
    February 28, 2017

    I love this idea and I love hexagons! I have a pre-cut quilt-Grandmothers Garden-looking forward to starting it! Thank you, Susan

  • Nancy
    February 28, 2017

    I love this tutorial!! I am going to have to make this. Thanks for the great instructions. I love making hexies, and plan to make a hexi quilt using this idea. Thanks again!!

  • Cindy M
    February 28, 2017

    I’ve always been too scared to try a hexi but this certainly makes it less daunting! Must give it a try!!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

  • Helena Villarquide
    February 28, 2017

    Estupendo tutorial. En este momento precisamente estoy juntando telas en turquesa y rojo para hacer algo con el Jardín de la Abuela. Un saludo.

  • Joyce
    February 28, 2017

    I’ve been saving scraps to make a hand sewn hexagon flower quilt.

  • Linda
    February 28, 2017

    These templates are so fabulous – they make a beautiful but difficult-looking project so easy!

  • Kay leighty
    February 28, 2017

    I can hardly wait to start this. I have done them by hand with little paper pieces before and this is awesome!!

  • Donna Fecteau
    February 28, 2017

    I’d like to make a table runner.

  • Barbara Kahn
    February 28, 2017

    What a great way to use the jelly rolls we couldn’t live without!

  • Sarah Nelson
    February 28, 2017

    I’m just starting into quilting. This faux hexagon patterns looks fun, and probably something I could do! I will have to make it my next project.

  • Dr Michael J Elinski
    February 28, 2017

    My next hexagon-style project will be an autumnal-colored, long, dining table runner for Thanksgiving using you faux-hexagon technique. Grandmother’s one patch template collection has the perfect tool to to sew this project that might look difficult, but is really quite manageable.

  • Carole Smith
    February 28, 2017

    I think the wall hanging is beautiful. I love the technique of making your Hexie’s. Hope I win the template. It looks like it could be a useful tool in my sewing room.

  • Clovis
    February 28, 2017

    This hexi is great. It would look great as table runners for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Marty
    February 28, 2017

    I would like to attempt a Gram’s Flower Garden using this template and small 30’s replica prints!

  • DebbieW
    February 28, 2017

    Big fan of Clover products here. The Grandmother’s One Patch Template Collection is fabulous! I would make hexagon-style Christmas covers for the backs and seats of my dining room chairs.

  • Polly Odom
    February 28, 2017

    Half hexies – what a great ideal! No Y-seams? I can do this!

  • Jeannette GAGNON BROWN
    February 28, 2017

    would love to add the hexagon template to my collection.
    Is it open to Canadian resident also?

  • Sue Raddatz
    February 28, 2017

    Nancy, if I were to win the Grandmother’s One Patch Template Collection from Clover, I would like to try using your faux hexagon method to make a table runner for an antique table inherited from my husband’s grandmother 25 years ago when we married. Hopefully, the table runner would become a part of the table’s legacy when this treasured table and chairs pass on to a great-granddaughter.

  • Beverly
    February 28, 2017

    I do so love the look of hexagons, but have always been intimidated by the “Y” seams. This is such a great tool! Now I can tackle projects I’ve only dreamed of in the past. And the wall hanging you presented in this blog is really eye-catching. Thank you!

  • Donna Ohl
    February 28, 2017

    I have recently retired and I’m working at getting back to quilting. Your way of making hexagons is awesome. So looking forward to trying it!
    I learned to quilt by way of my local PBS station. I now find your blogs and website equally helpful and fun–on my schedule!

  • Harriet Richard
    February 28, 2017

    So clever. Great for a table topper, too.

  • Maradee Leveroni
    February 28, 2017

    My first thought when I saw this delightful project was… English Paper Piecing. It would be fun to try a new tool to try this and do it all by machine!

  • JaniceCarole Allen
    February 28, 2017

    I have only sewn Hexagon’s by hand. This method would be interesting to try. I love being able to make different sizes with only one template. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • R R Geier
    February 28, 2017

    I have been wanting to try hexagons, but wasn’t too sure about those “Y” seams since I am not that experienced as a quilter. I have twin g-granddaughters and would love to make them a crib quilt this way. I would love to win this prize. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so.

  • Connie Wood
    February 28, 2017

    Would love to win the Grandmother’s One Patch Collection Templates. Love traditional looking quilts made easier with templates.

  • Kathy Luehrs
    February 28, 2017

    I haven’t done one yet – but this one is really tempting

  • Cindy Breene
    February 28, 2017

    I would like to start with a wall hanging, then graduate into a quilt! Love your products! I have all the handbag templates now. I’m making my first hobo purse!

  • Gina M
    February 28, 2017

    Fascinating new tool! I’ve been laboriously sewing hexie’s by hand with English Paper Piecing. Using batiks is a great suggestion, too. The tight grain would help prevent all those bias edges from stretching.

  • Patti Serenko
    February 28, 2017

    I would love to make a spring table runner. The tools from Clover are so clever. I had to buy the half square triangle ruler.

  • Pat
    February 28, 2017

    I have a wonderful pattern for Christmas tree pillow covers that uses half hexagons to make the tree. This template would be very useful for this project as well as the one in today’s blog. Thanks for the chance to win and for the great tutorial for this wall hanging.

  • Pamela McCandless
    February 28, 2017

    Wow! I have always wanted to make a hexagon quilt, but the idea of all those “Y” seams has just been a daunting task to anticipate. I have never made a quilt for myself, but if I ever make that Hexi quilt, it will be for me. I only quilt and crochet for charity so far, except for the one quilt I made for my son years ago. Perhaps it’s time to consider making one in 2017.

  • Jennifer P
    February 28, 2017

    I’m considering making this an amazing quilt border so I’m so very happy to have these instructions and I’m ordering the tool!

  • Deej
    February 28, 2017

    Being a beginner with no templates, I see this template for the Grandmother’s One Patch Collection quilt as doable, easy enough that even I could use it. I would like to win and make first a fall table runner then move up to a Christmas lap quilt.

  • Virginia Smith
    February 28, 2017

    I have made several thins using a hexagon or octagon in the middle this would be a new way to do hexagons. Likely a table piece.

  • Karen payton
    February 28, 2017

    After making hexies by hand this template looks so easy to use. I would try it out on a twin size quilt for my new nephew.

  • Lynn
    February 28, 2017

    The larger sizes would be perfect in a modern quilt.

  • Sheila Kester
    February 28, 2017

    I have been looking for a “beginners pattern” for hexies. This one looks just right. The method is also so simple. Thanks for giving us this pattern.

  • beth d.
    February 28, 2017

    I would love to win this template. I could make a hexagon quilt, which I have never tried to do because I thought it was too difficult.

  • Ruth A. Pray
    February 28, 2017

    I would like to try my hand at making a table runner using the Grandmother one patch collection template. Looks fun to use.

  • Angela
    February 28, 2017

    I have avoided “y” seams – I love this idea on how to avoid them. We live in an old prairie style home – I love the prairie-inspired wall hanging.

  • Lee Uptegraff
    February 28, 2017

    My daughter just ordered a new dining room table hand made by an Amish man. Nancy’s hexagon table runner will
    Look really great on it. I. Ant wait to make one in. Christmas fabrics for her.
    Lee Uptegraff

  • Michelle Hall
    February 28, 2017

    This looks like it would make a great table runner, maybe in fall colors

  • Carol
    February 28, 2017

    I would make a spring table runner for my dining room and a zippy fiesta style table runner for the kitchen! They would be fun projects.

  • Gail Beam
    February 28, 2017

    I have never made anything using a hexagon because it always looked complicated, but with this collection of templates and Nancy’s instructions, I think I could make a project using hexagons.

  • Doreen Linehan
    March 1, 2017

    I think a table runner would be my first attempt. I need simple and quick right now.

  • Jane
    March 1, 2017

    I made my first hexagon baby quilt by hand in 1960. Since then I have made quilts for all my children and grandchildren , but have not had the time to manage to make them by hand. Now at 82 I would just love to make a hexagon baby quilt using this magical template for the next generation that I hope will one day arrive on this lanes.

  • Tina
    March 1, 2017

    Yay, no Y seams! I am ready to make a hexagon table runner with spring colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Allen king
    March 3, 2017

    A table runner or baby quilt with no y seams? Yaaaay!!!!

  • Natalie
    March 8, 2017

    Maybe pillow shams for our sofa throw pillows — an easy way to make our decor seasonal.

  • Nancy W
    March 30, 2017

    So I am making the hit and miss table runner from your Quick Column Quilts book and love the product. I might try this wall hanging, but I have a question. You say to use the 4″ hexagon shape, but then some are cut from the 2 1/2″ strips. I don’t understand how I could do that. Please explain. Thank you for all of your great ideas.

  • Lee M Wilson
    October 14, 2017

    I love working with hex shapes so I plan to make a hex quilt using this strip idea . It would be so much easier with this tool.

  • Pat K
    October 16, 2017

    I make lap quilts for seniors in nursing homes. If I were to win the template, a hexagon quilt would definitely be on my list for the donated quilts.

  • Sharon
    October 13, 2018

    The hexagon project looks very interesting.

  • Karen Poole
    October 14, 2018

    I absolutely love this project! I’m acing the instructions and making this faux hexagon piece! It’s so pretty!

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