Monday, July 19, 2010

Hexie redux ~ Take 1


Walking in the Rain Pillow

Hexagon shapes have hit, swept (and mopped up?) the online quilting world ~ they are everywhere these days. People, including yours truly, can't get enough of making these little paper-pieced shapes.

For me, they are a relaxing way to spend the evening with my family, much the same way as knitting used to occupy my time. But, as much as I enjoy making them, there is always the question of what to do with them in the end? Their classic use isn't for me - it's great, but not for me ~ too traditional.

So the question remains, what to do with all these little hexagons? I wanted something that would lend a modern feel and a fresh perspective? I have been thinking about this problem for a while now and have come up with a few answers to my own question. Here is the first one ~ a little hexie redux, Version 1.Walking in the Rain Pillow

You have already seen the beginnings of this project in this post. Here is the final version. All my hexies sewn up together and ready to be made into a pillow ~ the Walking in the rain pillow

Why a pillow? ~ Because I'm on a mission to redo all the toss pillows in our house. The Pillow talk swap was impetus enough to retire our boring plain pillows and come up with fabulous replacements. Reason two is because these are half inch hexies! That's a finished hexagon about 1" across and believe me, after hand-piecing 400 of these babies, I'm ready to be done. A pillow was about a big as this project was going to get.

It's black and white and grey as you can see, which is a "color" scheme I'm fond of in our house. Seems to be everywhere.
Cathedral Mod Pillow
See?...


Fit's right in.

I threw in a little splash of color to stir things up a bit by appliqueing the little person walking in the rain and used some free-motion stitching to attach the applique.
Walking in the Rain Pillow

Add some quilting and a back and it's a throw pillow!

Looks nice next to the Cathedral Mod pillow and the Mid Mod Quilt, no?



So there you have it! Hexie redux, part 1. Stayed tuned for part 2, coming in August.

Happy Sewing!




19 comments:

Wendy said...

Oh Wow! I love it!!
=-)

Megan said...

Wow! All those teeny tiny hexies - amazing! I love the abstract quality and the way it feels almost like a painting. Really beautiful.

Jennifer said...

I love them! You did a great job!

Jennifer :)

Angie said...

That is ART. Oh my. Just gorgeous!

VickiT said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! The colors and that splash of green is amazing. LOVE IT!

Vireya said...

Totally beautiful!

Vicki said...

It looks great! I love the grays and also the little green person. :)

Lesly said...

Gasp! FAntastic!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous pillows both! Love the black, gray, and white color scheme. The lime green is a perfect bit of whimsy.

P. said...

That, my dear, is nothing short of brilliant! Love it!

Leslie said...

this is so so cool

Sarah Craig said...

Love that hexie pillow! I wish I could think in the abstract - my mind has trouble working that way - but it is lovely!!!

Eileen said...

Very creative!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Very cool how you made those colors become an artistic pillow! Congratulations!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Fabulous! I can't even imagine working with all those tiny hexies, but yours are truly a work of art. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

www.seamsinspired.com

Tori said...

Wow, that's so amazing. This sort of thing is what got me to love quilting, since classic quilting is just not my style. I just want to stare at it again and again!

PioneerValleyGirl said...

Wow, great pillow. I really like the little applique/

random Cindy said...

Caroline! Love the sketched look umbrella girl. Totally takes the pillow to a new level.

kylie said...

Gorgeous! I'm sitting here looking a pile of paper pieces {half inch hexies} and thinking... 400? Oh! My! Goodness! :)