Grandmother's One Patch Template Nancy Zieman How to Sew Hexagons

One of the quilt patterns that I have long admired is the Grandmother’s Flower Garden. It is traditionally made with hundreds of tiny hexagons, which require the dreaded (at least for me) Y-seams, where three seams merge at the same point. I’ve only been able to admire the design. Why? I knew that I’d never have the patience to stitch such a masterpiece.

Then came the thought to place a straight seam where the Y-seams would normally intersect. Okay, not approved by quilt judges, but my quilts are functional and I sew for fun, not blue ribbons. Plus, I made the these faux hexagons BIG, up to 8″, not the traditional 1″–2″.

With a few additional tweaks to the design, my staff and I were able to quickly stitch an updated design using straight seams and large half-hexagons. I share this fresh approach to patchwork in my TV episode, Grandmother’s One-Patch Quilts, Part 2. It’s the featured streaming video this week online, Grandmother’s One-Patch Quilts, Part 2.

Grandmother’s Dahlia—Super Sized Version

Traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts feature a meadow of blooms. With my super-sizing technique, one bloom can make the entire quilt! Named after a dramatic flower, Grandmother’s Dahlia was made with 6″ faux hexagons. Again, Y-seams are a thing of the past with straight stitching the only piecing option.

  • Use the faux hexagon template from the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Grandmother’s One-Patch Collection.

  • Cut strips of fabric the width printed on the template, trace the edges, rotate the template, and trace some more. There are even finishing pieces to trace, squaring the traditional hexagon-shaped edges. Oh, it’s easy to sew!

  • After cutting the shapes with a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, lay out your design in columns.

  • Pin the pieces within one column and stitch the straight seams.

  • Press the seams and then stitch the columns. It’s fast!

During the TV episode, you’ll see many other design options.

The Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates—Grandmother’s One-Patch Collection is a versatile tool! You’ll receive the tumbler template as featured in last week’s blog! The instructions for Grandmother’s Dahlia pattern are a free offering when you order the templates from Nancy’s Notions.

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Traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt 

A person that has made it her job to be a quilt detective was my guest in this program. Carol Butzke, a certified quilt appraiser and quilt historian, gave us some insight into one of her antique Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilts.

At you’ll find links to more Nancy’s Corner videos, information, and to my guest’s websites. Plus, you’ll be able to watch current Sewing with Nancy programs online, read my blog, and basically, you’ll be directed to all things Sewing with Nancy!

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For a chance to win a copy of the Trace ‘n Create Grandmother’s One-Patch Quilt Template Collection from Clover, leave a comment below sharing your current quilting project. The winner will be announced on April 4.

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