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Fat Quarter Gang - Indian Summer Mini Quilt by QuiltDad


Readers of my blog, QuiltDad,  know that I have a huge aversion to handwork, but I love the look of projects that feature hexagons.  So I came up with a method that allows me to incorporate hexagon designs into my quilts without any handwork at all! 

This mini quilt project is a fun way to practice the technique, and the end result is perfect as a wall hanging or table topper.  This project features the gorgeous new fabric line Indian Summer by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Materials needed:

  • Assorted scraps of Indian Summer fabrics.
  • 3 hexagon templates in different sizes, printed on a heavy cardstock paper.
  • 2 pieces of fabric -- either whole or pieced -- measuring approximately 20” x 24” each. These will be your quilt top front and backing.
  • A scrap piece of batting measuring approximately 20” x 24”.
  • 3 strips of a binding fabric measuring 2.5” x 42” (selvage to selvage) each.

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 Quilt assembly:

 1     Baste your front and backing fabrics with batting inbetween.  Quilt your quilt sandwich as desired.  I freehand quilted a herringbone pattern that is reminiscent of one of the prints in the Indian Summer line.


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2     Create your hexagons. With a small ruler and your rotary cutter, place a hexagon template on top of a print fabric and cut 1/2” around the template on all sides.

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3     Fold one edge over the template and press well.  Work your way around the hexagon, folding and pressing each edge as you go.

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4     When you have made your way around the entire hexagon, turn it over and press again from the top.

5     Remove the paper template, place the hexagon face up, and press again one more time.  In this step, I used spray starch before pressing to get a nice, crisp, flat
hexagon.  Set aside.

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6    Repeat steps 2-5 to create a variety of hexagons (in both size and print) until you have as many as you’d like to use. 

7     One at a time, place each hexagon on top of your quilt top and topstitch around all of the edges.  I try to topstitch approximately 1/8” from the folded edges of the

8     Once you have placed and sewn your hexagons in an eye-pleasing arrangement, bind your mini quilt.

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 I hope you enjoy this quick and fun little project!  If you make an Indian Summer mini quilt, I’d love to see it.  Please add it to the Quilt Dad is my Homeboy Flickr group (

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