Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of these things is not like the other ones...


Here's my version of the game:

Can you see it?
The bottom, left hexie flower is not centered the same way as the other three!
I know, I know...extreme CDO. (because everyone knows to truly have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, you must alphabetize it!)

Last week I made this sweet, little pillow with Josephine Kimberling's Hope Chest.
Thank you Charlotte!

The pattern's called Tile Block and shows you how to make three different sizes using a technique from Cathedral Window blocks.

The pillow's finished block is actually 6" sq, the sashing makes it 9" sq finished.

I wanted to try the next size, 9" sq finished, so
I rooted around in my scraps for soft pinks to piece the background.
The pattern calls for four-5", solid background squares.
I wanted a scrappier look and instead of having four...I cut out sixteen 2 & 3/4" ones and pieced them together.
There are four, four patch blocks here not yet sewn together.

I then cut out sixteen 2" squares from my aqua-bluish scraps and pressed them in half diagonally.
  These are the pieces that get turned back into a curve when the block is done.

You baste one into each corner of the blocks using a scant 1/8" seam and your machine set on the largest stitch length.

I really liked the look of this once I got the four, four patch blocks sewn together with the triangles in there.  I might have to do this for another little project.

The pattern then tells you to "Slightly roll back the folded edge of a traingle to make a gentle curve...with matching thread, blanket stitch, straight stitch or hand tack the folded edges."
I used a light aqua to hand tack the edges down.

I don't have a picture of this stage in the process, but decided it was a little "plain".
That's where those flowers come in!  I machine pieced 1 1/2" hexies, and used the Frixion pen to make a 1/4" seam allowance, turned it under and hand sewed them to the background.  I had them all hand appliqued on when I realized that one of them was sewn on in the wrong direction.


Perfectionist that I am (ahem...cough!), I simply took my trusty seam ripper and re-appliqued it on with a proper orientation.
Oh, if only things in life were that easy!

Much, much better!
I'm halfway wanting to make another pillow and halfway wanting to make more for a throw size quilt.
I love the look and the hand sewing part is relaxing, but really...we all know I have waaaaaaaay, waaaaaaaay, waaaaaaaay too many unfinished projects lurking in the closet to start another one.

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  1. it's so pretty with the hexy flowers! I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't pointed it out!

  2. Your things are always so lovely. I really don't see anything off with the Hexie pillow, are you too hard on yourself??

  3. a seam ripper for life oh that would be good;)

    All the pastels are beautifully placed in the 2nd pillow you created Dee!!

  4. What gorgeous little Hexies, and I didn't even notice until you said it! Lovely fabrics for your cushion too :-)

  5. really adorable pillow! And I ALWAYS say- just because something isn't perfect, doesn't mean it can't be beautiful (it's a lesson I continue to pound into my own brain too)! I really love it!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  6. Ummm... are you ure about the hexie? lol I never would have (and still don't) notice it! I think its lovely! I like those curve little pieces poking out!

    I am stopping by from the Fabric Tuesday hop, I would love to have you hop on over if you get a chance! Have a great week!

  7. The hexies being off on one of the squares would have bugged me too. My husband always complains about my CDO - lol.

  8. Your colors are delicious! No, I don't see the problem with the hexies, either.


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