Sewing instructions - Kaffe Fassett Hatbox Quilt by Liza Prior Lucy

Difficulty level Beginner
Time to Complete Weekend


Bee Coin Purse


  • 1/2 yard or 1 fat quarter each: Four different prints for hatboxes 
  • 1/2 yard each: for block back wall, floors, side walls, hatbox bands, cornerstones and binding
  • 1/3 yard for sashing
  • 1/3 yard for binding
  • 1 yard backing


  • 2 yards 15” wide tear-away stabilizer
  • 36” square batting
  • Template plastic
  • Chalk marker or water-soluble pen
  • Quilting Ruler with 45 degree markings
  • Rotary cutter and mat, scissors

Fabric Choice

Picture: Kaffe Fassett Hatbox Quilt

Make this quilt your own by choosing your favorite fabrics and colors. However, if you fell in love with one of the Kaffe fabrics used for this project, here is a list of their names:

Step One: Create the Blocks

For all steps:
Use a quarter-inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
Engage Needle Stop Down.

Picture: Kaffe Fassett Hatbox Quilt

  • Trace templates for the Hatbox top, bottom and band.  Mark each one so it is clear which side is the right side. The pieces are not symmetrical.

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  • Cut the background pieces:
    1. For side wall, cut 1 rectangle 4 1/2” x 12 7/8”
    2. For the floor, cut 1 rectangle 4 1/2" x 12 7/8”
    3. For the back wall cut 1 square 8 1/2" by 8 1/2"
  • Using the 45-degree mark on the rotary ruler, cut off the ends of the side wall and floor as shown.

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  • Sew the background together using ¼” set-in seam:
    1. Sew the side wall to the floor, starting at the point and stopping ¼” from the end.
    2. Press the seam open.

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  • Align the back wall square with the side wall rectangle. Sew from the top and stop ¼ “ from the end (needle in the fabric).
  • Put the needle down in this position.

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  • Use the Free Hand System to raise the presser foot and swivel the pieces so that the bottom of the square aligns with the floor rectangle. Lower the presser foot and sew to the end.

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  • Your set-in seam will look like this.

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  • Using the templates, draw with pencil a Hatbox top and bottom from the same fabric.
  • Using scissors cut out both pieces.

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  • Lightly draw the band shape on a plain fabric. Do not cut it out.
  • Place stabilizer behind the band shape and do a decorative stitch down the center of the band. 
  • Cut out and carefully remove the stabilizer so not to stretch the band out of shape.

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  • Place stabilizer behind the pieced background.
  • Measure up from the bottom 2 ¼” and measure in from the side wall 2 ½” and put a pencil dot. Place the Hatbox bottom piece on this dot and align the edge of the right side of the Hatbox bottom with the right edge of the background.
  • Pin in place through the fabric and stabilizer.

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  • Measure down 2 1/4” from the top of the background and place the Hatbox top so the top edge is on the 2 ¼” and the right edge of the Hatbox top aligns with the edge of the background.
  • Pin through the fabric and the stablizer.

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  • Using the blanket stitch and bright orange thread, stitch along the outside edges of the top and bottom. There will be a gap between the pieces. Do not stitch there.

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  • Place the band over the gap and be sure to leave a bit of a lip on the left side so that the band goes about ¼” beyond the edge of the Hatbox bottom and overlaps some of the stitched area of the Hatbox top. 
  • Pin in place.

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  • Blanket stitch around the band.
  • Remove the stabilizer and the block is complete.
  • Repeat for a total of four blocks.

Remark: The Hatbox Quiltblock also looks great as a cushion!

Bee Coin Purse

Step Two: Assemble the blocks

View of the quilt

For a 2x2 blocks quilt, cut:

  • 12 rectangles 2 1/2” x 12 1/2" for sashing
  • 9 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" for cornerstones
Piece together blocks, cornerstones, and sashing strips according to the below. You can also make more blocks to make a bigger sized quilt.

Step Three: Quilting

  • Cut 36” square backing.
  • Layer backing, batting, and quilt top, centering the top over the larger backing and batting.
  • Baste layers with quilt basting spray or basting pins.
  • Quilt as desired.

Step Four: Sew on Binding

  • Trim backing and batting to the size of the quilt top and square up.
  • Cut 4 WOF strips by 2 1/2” (or 2 1/4” if you prefer a narrow binding).
  • Sew strips short end to short end to create continuous binding strip.
  • Press strip in half lengthwise.
  • Follow the instructions in this tutorial to sew the binding to the quilt.

Your Kaffe Fassett Hatbox Quilt is finished!

Dare to be different!

Kaffe Fassett encourages people to trust in their color instinct. The B 475 QE and B 770 QE PLUS Kaffe Editions are tributes to his art and an invitation to commit to the power of color.

Learn more about the Kaffe Edition

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