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!

     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


  • 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.

  • 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. Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    Faux-hexagon halves are stitched in columns, eliminating the intersection of three seams—otherwise known as Y-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 OnePart 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.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!”

Happy Stitching!

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