My September ’17 One Monthly Goal was to make two pillows for my office. For the last year I’ve been tempted by several different hexie swaps on Instagram, and when I saw there was a rainbow hexie swap open earlier this year, I decided to join the swap in order to make some colorful pillows for my office even though I had never done any English Paper Piecing before. Thank goodness for online tutorials! I chose to thread baste my hexies, and I used an acrylic template to cut hexies with a 3/8″ seam allowance. For the swap, I opted to make two sets of 60 hexies (10 each in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red in fabrics that read as solids) and in return I received 120 different hexies, 20 of each color.
I would say that about half of the hexies that I received were thread basted, and the other half were glue basted. I found it very simple to removed the paper templates from the thread-basted hexies, but it was more difficult to remove the templates from the glue-basted hexies that had only 1/4″ seam allowance. When they had at least a 3/8″ seam allowance, it was quite easy to remove the paper templates from both the glue-basted and thread-basted hexies which helped them to retain their form.
I used the Hexie Pillow pattern by Nicole of Modern Handcraft modifying it so I could use 16″ pillow forms. I really like how the quilting she suggested complements the hexagons. I love practicing my quilting skills on pillows.
This is my only finish of the goals I set for the 2017 Qtr 3 Finish-A-Long.