Scrappy Hexies Pillow

by Stephanie on May 8, 2016

in 2016 Finish-a-Long,Hexies!,Pillows

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This is the pillow cover I made last month from the panel of random scrappy hexies described as item #5 on my Q2 Finishalong list. I did a very quick “quilt-as-you-go” thing, by centering the hexies on a large piece of batting with a square of an old sheet for lining. I quilted diagonal lines across the hexies, then did stitch-and-flip skinny green and purple borders before adding the red Kaffe chard print. There are few top-stitching lines, but otherwise very little quilting. I’d planned to do something in the red border, but was in speed-finish mode and decided not to bother.

I considered listing this in the VdeH Etsy shop, but would’ve had to price it insanely high to cover all the hours of hexie handwork. Instead, the pillow ended up nestled on my desk chair, and I’m now too fond of it to let it go. Plus, Halo sleeps on that chair for at least as many hours a day as I sit there, with the effect that it’s now thoroughly dusted with fine white cat hairs. I guess we will call this one hers. I’ve got plenty of others to put on Etsy, just as soon as I take some better photos.

That catches us up with the 2016 Finishalong progress for April (four finishes in total, beating my entire Q1 tally already!). I’ve also completed adding hand-work details to several more minis, which are queued up for finishing in May. Let’s ignore the fact that it’s a week into May already and none have been touched yet this month.

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{The tote I made for this swap is revealed here}

Cecile is a very clever lady. Look at what she created from the scraps I pulled for the tote swap (a bunch of random charm squares, some odds and ends of somewhat coodinating solids, and a heap of spare HSTs I’d found hanging around in search of a purpose)!

A stack of charm squares might sound like a good beginning to a scrappy project, but there was a hidden challenge in this bunch: some of the squares were a tidy 5″, others had been cut to 4-7/8″ for HST use, and a few other probably wandered off the trail to an 8th or quarter-inch in one way or the other as well. Basically, I threw in everything kinda in the ballpark of a similar size. I hope Cecile has forgiven me for not including a note to that effect, although she managed very well indeed by turning those charms into triangles:


So gorgeous!

This tote is generously sized, and just right for carrying a quilt to guild meetings for show and tell.

Thanks for the lovely tote, Cecile!

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A while back I signed up for a “scrappy tote bag swap” organized by my MQG chapter. The fabrics I received were nowhere near my idea of a ‘scrap’: a full yard of a border print featuring a cute parade of birds along one edge and medium-scale varied dots over the rest of it, plus some coordinating FQs and a fat 8th or two, one of which had been slightly cut into.

I forgot to take picture of the “before” fabrics, but you can see them pretty well in the finished tote. The two fabrics I liked best — the bird border print and some wonky mugs on yellow — were too large scale to cut up, so I decided to use a wide band of each to make one long panel that would become the exterior. I’d had in mind some kind of improv sawtooth band from the red and yellow that wound up as straps, but when I measured the birds and figured out how wide a piece of the mugs I’d need to capture their charm, there wasn’t going to be much else going on. The least appealing of the prints (to my eye) became the bottom, and after I sliced off the parade of birds, the rest of the border print became the lining:

Some plainish yellow made a patch pocket for the inside and trim for the top. On the inside I added more of the mug print around the top, just for fun.

The exterior panel was fused to a piece of fusible fleece, then quilted. If I’d had any Pellon 101 on hand, I’d have fused some to the lining, but it doesn’t really need it, so no biggie that I forgot to buy the Pellon.

We swapped back our totes at the guild meeting last night. Although these fabrics are nothing like what I normally play with, I’d become rather fond of this one, and wouldn’t have minded keeping it. I think it would make a lovely knitting project bag. Reluctantly, I let it go home with Donna, who’d provided the fabric.

This completes item #3 on my Q2 finishalong list.

Next up, I’ll show you what I received from some of my own scraps …

Actually, spring began back in February, here in gorgeous Olympia, WA, and is still going strong. There are blossoming trees and shrubs and flowers everywhere, and every day our walk around the neighborhood is a visual treat.


“Spring is Coming” is the name of the second small quilt I made for the guild challenge. You can read about the first one, and the challenge specs, here.


I enjoyed making the first one so much, I couldn’t resist another. This started by making seed shapes from leftovers of the challenge fabric, followed by some fooling around on the design wall with a bunch of pastel scraps. The color isn’t quite right in this pic, but you get the idea.

This was one of those times when I thought it was done, then looked at it again the next morning and thought, “nope, not there yet.” The Gwen Marston-inspired wonky border did the trick. This one came out at 26″x26″, too, not that I planned it that way.


As you can see, I’m a bit obsessed with echo quilting these days. Here I experimented with what I’m calling “ghost” quilting: echo-quilting around an implied shape that is not in the piecing. Happy with how that turned out.

So that’s a wrap for item #2 on my Q2 Finishalong list, which you can find here.


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DeMystifying the Artist is a month-long community project organized by Eli Trier, in which 31 artists discuss what it means to be an “artist.” The month of daily emailed inspiration starts May 1, and you can sign up here.

Eli explains: “I want to let people peek behind the curtain and see what other artists think and feel and struggle with around claiming themselves as ‘Artists’, so they can see that we’re all in this together. So I’ve teamed up with 30 other working artists to do just that!

Every day in May, one artist will share a short written, video, or audio piece answering the question “What does being An Artist mean to you?” – they’ll be talking about the challenges they’ve faced such as impostor syndrome, being misunderstood by their families, resistance, valuing their work etc. Or they might focus on the positive such as the feeling of freedom they have, or the day they introduced themselves as an artist for the first time. Or they might share their own interpretation of the word ‘artist’.”

I’m happy and proud to be part of this project, and look forward to discovering what all the participants have to say. I don’t know what day my contribution will appear, so sign up now and you won’t miss a day!