This swap was all about hexagons—WAY out of my comfort zone! For whatever reason, I never jumped on the hexie trend. I had seen a little English Paper Piecing with hexies at a quilt shop, but I didn’t see the process start to finish and didn’t think I’d have the patience, so I just never looked into it further. To participate in this swap (which I love!), you had to use hexagons somewhere in the project—ugh. I signed up anyway, procrastinated for a couple weeks, and finally dove in.
I LOVE hexies. After watching Ellison Lane’s video tutorial, I gave it a shot, and it was much easier than I expected. I did not sew the individual hexies together since my partner prefers them with white space between, but I could definitely see myself making an entire quilt top out of hexies at some point. I’m a big fan of hand stitching, and it’s nice to have portable sewing to bring when I’m going to have to sit in a waiting room, ride on a long car ride, or go on vacation where I can’t bring my sewing machine. EPP is definitely a good fit for me, so I’m really glad I pushed myself by joining this swap.
I used up the extra hexies on the back and made a larger flap out of them to hide the zipper. The only thing I’m not happy with on this pillow is the crooked dot fabric on the back—ugh. I could NOT get it to line up right but didn’t notice how wonky it made the back of the pillow look until I was taking this picture. Hopefully my partner won’t notice or mind, and I’m glad, at least, that it’s on the back.
My partner also mentioned a Sew Together Bag—she mentioned it in her large item section, but I made it for her as her small item. I’ve made several of these, so they come together pretty quickly for me anymore. I have yet to make myself one, though! Maybe I’ll get to that this week.
For the outside I decided to do a quilt-as-you-go method in my partner’s favorite colors. It was a good opportunity to pull from my scrap bins, and I like overall look. I especially think it’s appropriate for a quilting/sewing bag to be all piecey and scrappy. For the inside I used some text fabric. My partner said she liked text, and this has quilting and sewing words, so I also thought that was appropriate.
I can’t wait for my partner to receive her package—I’ll add a few little sewing/quilting goodies and send it on its way soon. I always love the sending/receiving time of the swap. It’s so much fun to see what everyone gets and wait to get your own package in the mail.