A free pattern from Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt
Quick, simple, and scrap or precut-friendly, this Rainbow Hexagon Mini Quilt pattern from Weekend Quilting author Jemima Flendt offers a colorful introduction to English paper piecing. It’s the perfect pattern for beginners who are looking to hone their skills as well as experienced EPPers who want a small-scale project with big impact. Jemima’s mini quilt design is also easy to customize for any recipient, from kids to adults, depending on the fabrics you choose. Just pick up a pack of precuts (mini charm squares work well)—or raid your scrap basket for all those colorful pieces you’ve been hanging on to—and create your own one-of-a-kind wall hanging in the spirit of Roy G. Biv. Here’s how…
If you have ever wanted to give English paper piecing a try, this beginner-friendly mini quilt is a great first project. Just by using some of your fabric scraps, you can make this sweet design inspired by all the colors of the rainbow.
Finished Size: 19” square
Colorful print fabrics, (7) 2½” squares each of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, purple, and white/black (mini charm squares and scraps are perfect for this project)
Background fabric, 5⁄8 yard
Backing fabric, 5⁄8 yard
Black/white stripe binding fabric, ¼ yard
Batting, 27″ square
Precut paper hexagons, (50) 1″ pieces
Cotton thread in coordinating colors for handquilting hexagons and handsewing needles
Glue pen (archival quality)
Rotary cutter and mat
Erasable fabric marking pens in coordinating colors for drawing hexagon shapes
Acrylic template, 1½” hexagon
All seam allowances are ¼” unless otherwise noted.
From each of the colorful print squares, cut:
7 hexagons using the acrylic template (49 total)
From the background fabric, cut:
(1) 20″ background square
From the binding fabric, cut:
(2) 2½” × WOF (width-of-fabric) strips
Making the Blocks
For detailed directions on English paper piecing, download the PDF pattern here.
1. Attach the fabric hexagons to the precut papers (Figure 1).
2. Sew each of the hexagon color groups together, starting with the center hexagon and handsewing your way around the center (Figure 2).
3. Referring to Figure 3, sew each of the colored hexagons to the black-and-white center hexagon in the order shown. Pin the rainbow hexagon block to the center of the background fabric.
4. Sew the rainbow hexagon block in place using an appliqué stitch along the edges of the hexagons
Assembling the Quilt
5. Trim the quilt top to 19″ square. Layer the backing (wrong-side up), batting, and quilt top (right-side up). Baste the layers together with safety pins about 3″ apart, starting from the center and working your way out to the edges of the quilt top.
6. Quilt as desired. (The featured quilt was handquilted around each of the colored hexagons using a running stitch.) Note: To create the colorful hexagon design, draw 1″ hexagons on the background fabric with an erasable fabric marker, then handquilt around each hexagon using a running stitch and matching colored thread (Figure 5).
7. Bind the quilt.
Whether you’re using chic, stylish prints or playful patterns designed for a child, this sweet mini quilt is sure to brighten any room!