When quilting is your passion, shouldn’t your home reflect what’s dear to your creative heart? Hexagon – Hexie for short- Home Accents are a wonderful way to express your artful enthusiasm and what better place than the kitchen and dining area of your home? The center of your home’s hospitality will be so much more inviting with carefully crafted accents of handmade joy!
Mollie of the Wild Olive blog spins her Hexie Home Accents with a delightful fruity twist in three perky placemat designs. I’ve chosen the pineapple version to show here, but you’ll love the watermelon and berry designs, too. These are English Paper Pieced fruits, so they’ll be perfect for a take along or TV evening project. If you haven’t tried English Paper Piecing yet, these placemats would be a great start. The fruits won’t take long and I think you’ll find that EPP isn’t as tedious as you may think. Be sure to choose a good hand sewing thread, then give it a try! It’s a lovely, mindful, slow-down method that will give you a nice break from the day to day frenzy many of us live with. Click here for Mollie’s Watermelon placemat , here for the Pineapple and here for her Berries.
Now that you’re enjoying the serenity of English Paper Piecing, let’s add a Table Runner to your Hexie Home Accents. Lisa of the charming Spoonful of Sugar blog designed this beautiful table runner during a hectic season in her life. Knowing that quilting saves sanity, she created a pretty stack of hexagons from Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow collection, then artfully arranged them on a table runner. The tutorial leaves the decisions of size, length and number of hexies up to you, so you can enjoy being your own designer. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a few more “fruit” hexies while you’re creating the Wild Olive placemats (above) and create a table runner to complement your Fruit Hexie Placemats? Click here for Lisa’s post.
Is there a clock in your kitchen or dining room? There will be now! This handsome time keeper has a fabulous modern, handmade vibe that your guests will love. Nancy from the Owen’s Olivia blog originally designed this clock using just one fat quarter to create a Hexie Home Accent. I really love this version that uses several coordinated fat quarters or scraps that blend into a sweet Springtime look. Nancy provides a printable paper template for your hexies and then instructs you to glue where you would normally stitch. I think stitching would be a better, more secure choice. The clock will still go together quickly using the same English Paper Piecing method used in the projects above. Are you hooked yet? Click here for Nancy’s Hexie Clock tutorial!
Moving on from the English Paper Pieced hexies, these adorable pot holders use a Log Cabin Hexagon technique. If you haven’t tried this before, you’ll find Caroline’s step-by-step tutorial on the Sew Can She blog quite clear and enjoyable. I really love these potholders and look forward to making a stack to add to my “ready to give gifts” stash. The samples here are bright and colorful, but they’d be fabulous in monochromatic prints, soft tones or holiday prints. It’s all about the possibilities in Hexie Home Accents!
You’ll need 2” strips of coordinated fat quarters or scraps for your Hexie Potholders, plus a square of fabric for the middle. From there, it’s just a matter of stitch, trim and stitch again following Caroline’s simple instructions. If you’s like to try out your machine quilting skills, this is the perfect project. Each strip can be quilted differently through the double layer of cotton batting and Insul Bright batting. And, by the way, the Insul Bright makes your pot holders heat resistant, so be sure to use it! Click here for the tutorial.
If you’re a little unsure about the world of hexagons, click here for a Craftsy post with lovely hints. You’ll also find a link for the Free Spirit Quilt Kit you see a peek of at the beginning of this post. Now pick your projects and you’ll be ready to hex your home with gorgeous Hexie Home Accents!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.