Monday, September 19, 2011

Playing with Hexagons, Pt II

Hexagon Pillow
My second hexagon experiment was with hand piecing. I used the 1" templates from Texas Freckles and followed The Sometimes Crafter's tutorial. I cut 2.5" squares for my hexies and whipstitched with light grey gutermann thread. i found that basting the hexies was fun and relaxing while actually stitching them...not so much. my whipstitches were between 30-40 stitches per inch, so that may have had something to do with how tedious it was. next time i'll see if i can get away with less. i actually found hand-piecing ok when compared with machine piecing. i doubt i'd do an entire charm quilt, but a few little things here and there would be fun.
Hexagon Pillow
For the pillow, i ironed on a bit of steam a seam to the back of my flower and pressed it to a solid piece of Kona Chocolate. i handquilted around the flower and in lines 1" apart with embroidery floss, because i don't have any perle cotton on hand. i didn't use a hoop but probably should have. about halfway through, one of my lovely cats decided to throw up on my pillow and then scratch a nick in the fabric with her claws. the cat lived, but barely.
Hexagon Pillow
The backing is AH Heath with a contrasting zip--my favorite pillow closure. it fits a 14" pillow form. this one will live in my bedroom with the pillowcases i made for our bed that i never got around to showing off.
Celebrate Color
this is definitely as Fall as i get, so i'm submitting this to Celebrate Color.

15 comments:

  1. Great pillow! The hand stitching really adds a lot to the front. And I love the contrasting zip too!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love this! It's really really cute and I especially love the heath and contrast zip on the back. very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  3. i laughed out loud at your kitty story!  i am sure there were some expletives that escaped your mouth as you decided not to kill her! i know there would have been from me!  great pillow.  love the embroidery!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love this pillow!

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's awesome, Sara. I adore the hand-stitching. I have not been able to get my act together to enter anything into Celebrate Color yet. I have a couple of things almost-there, so hopefully, I'll finish at least one. ;)
    I'm sorry to hear about your kitty barf. You can't tell from the pictures, at least!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love your recent hexagon stuff. This pillow is too cute! Glad to hear the cat survived--been there.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is so sweet! I have also been sewing with the brown crossweave you used on the back--it is fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh my that is so cute! the stitching is just perfect for embellishing all that negative space. 

    ReplyDelete
  9. Maureen Cracknell9/20/2011 01:14:00 PM

    Your pillow is wonderful! I just love the rainbow of stitches and the bright colors with the dark brown!!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. LOVE that bright colored hand quilting.  And it looks soft, like a pillow I'd actually have a nap with!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Paulina Tokarczyk9/22/2011 08:06:00 AM

    I love the way you handquilted the pillow using various threads. It looks great. Also the back is interwsting. Usually I could see the tutorials on how to sew the zipper so I wouldn't be seen. You did the opposite and it added so much to this pilow. Great :)!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Rachel at Stitched in Color Ha9/22/2011 11:59:00 AM

    The stitching totally makes this pillow!  Like the bold zipper too.

    Oh, I just realized you could move this pillow to the needlework category if you want. There are very few entries, so you'd have great odds!  But, either way, thanks for joining in =)

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is gorgeous! And I love the colourful hand stitching, it really looks great. Am I the only one who wants to put a pair of eyes above that zipper? 

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a wonderful fall pillow! The handstitching adds so much & very nicely done closure - a fun, clean look!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow!  I love it!  I love the color, design, hand quilting.  This is gorgeous!  
    p.s.  I used Heath in my entry too...it must be a "fallish" fabric!  ;)

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...