This is a love story of a quilt pattern and a collection of fabrics that were meant to be.
If I buy a fabric collection as a whole it must be special. I’m more of a picky type with my fabric purchases: I’d rather buy my fav prints in yardage than spending money on a bundle where I only really love half of the designs. But when Alexia Abegg’s current line Printshop (for Cotton + Steel) came out this summer, I knew I needed to have all of those colourfully stamped fabrics, every single one. And when the bundle of yummyness arrived there was no way I was going to pull it apart.
So I had this bundle stashed away in a save place in my fabric cupboard, to be admired from time to time. I had thought about using it in a special quilt with a special design for a special occasion…. you see it wasn’t going to go anywhere anytime soon. But then one glorious, sunny day (enter Prince Charming) Julie Hirt’s Hexie Tiles came along and swept me off my feet. Now this was a pattern worthy of my precious Printshop fabrics!
The paper piecing template for the Hexie Tiles consist of two pieces, which sewn together form a hexagon with a fan like center. There are more ways to combine the two pieces to form other shapes, too. Some of these are shown in her pattern. And as I was playing around with colour placement I found another arrangement that forms wide flying geese made up of two stacked triangles.
I love this variety of patterns the templates offer and would have loved to combine them into a sampler style quilt. Unfortunately I ran out of the Essex Linen I used as the background, which left me with not nearly enough material for a quilt. However I have enough to make two pillow covers from it. I decided to make one panel with the original hexie arrangement and one with the flying geese formation.
Currently I’m pondering how to quilt both of them respectively. I think about maybe only quilting the background, so the coloured parts pop like gem stones. Does this sound any good to you?
This post is linked up to Handmade on Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at Rainbows, Bunnies, Cupkaces, Finish it Up Friday at crazy mom quilts and Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters.