Monday, September 8, 2014

Sewvivor Challenge Three - Hexies

Thank you so much to everyone who's cheered me on this round and from the beginning, and for all your words of encouragement! I'm so excited to still be here and be able to share with you all my entry for round three!

I decided for this round of Sewvivor, the hexie challenge, i wanted to make something for our home. I'd made a mini quilt for round one, then the bag for round two and with a lap quilt being the final challenge (fingers crossed i make it) i wanted to make something new. Something that we would use regularly. Something like a giant floor cushion? Perfect!

hexagon floor cushion

Once again i found myself pulling stack after stack of fabrics wondering what direction to go in (there was talk of a rainbow and Unikitty from the Lego Movie, but in a testosterone filled house there really isn't a lot of room for rainbows and unicornkitties!) So in a brief moment of insanity i pulled out my highly coveted half yard of Melody Miller typewriters that i've been hoarding and sized it up with my Hex N More ruler. I could perfectly get a 6.5" hexie out of it, but do i dare cut into such precious fabric?! Oh i did! And so it began, cutting into some of my most treasured bits of fabrics, after all this was something that was going to stay in my living room, why not use all my favorite fabrics!

hexagon floor cushion

And while we chop with reckless abandon, lets mix things up a bit and make some + hexies and some kaleidoscope ones as well! I love the way the + hexies turned out and will be posting a little tutorial for them, super easy to make! Tutorial can be found here!!

hexagon floor cushion

I wanted the quilting on this to hold up to the two little boys that will no doubt be jumping all over it so i wanted it somewhat dense. That being said i just didn't have the heart to quilt all over the little typewriter, (does anyone else have this problem?) So i've echoed the star/typewriter block and for the rest i stitched about a quarter inch apart in a v formation with Aurifil in turquoise (#2810). 

hexagon floor cushion


I love the lattice effect that happens when two sections of the v cross and the turquoise Aurifil looks amazing against the black fabrics!

hexagon floor pillow

The sides of the cushion were pieced with slightly smaller hexies, 4.5" and i kept the quilting fairly minimal. Just a quarterish inch from the seam on both sides of each diagonal with Aurifil in black (#2692). Makes a fantastic little x pattern all the way around! 

hexagon floor cushion

I've tried my best to use only stash and things i have on hand for all of my Sewvivor projects, so when it came time to find something for the back of this cushion i immediately thought of this Parson Gray print that i had picked up last year. I had hoped to back a quilt in it but when i got it it was a little more green than the cream i thought it was online. So it's been sitting in my stash just waiting to be used. I kept the closure simple and went with an envelope style and it works perfectly!

hexagon floor cushion


In my life pre-quilter i always slept under a down duvet, but now that i have experienced sleeping with a quilt i'll never go back. So what to do with the old duvets? Well i used one to stuff this cushion with, and let me tell you, while i no longer enjoy sleeping under one... it is so supremely comfy to sit on! Shorty agrees!

So does Max!

hexagon floor cushion

It is the perfect size for sitting back and reading a book!

hexagon floor cushion


High fives to all the girls this round and good luck!
xo nicole

Make sure you stop on over to Rach's to check out the rest of the competition and if you feel so inclined i would absolutely love your vote! I have a killer idea for the final round so fingers crossed i make it through!
I also have a little interview with Ange from Gnome Angel over on her blog, lots of fun so be sure to pop over and check it out! Just click here!

29 comments:

  1. Oh that turned out super cute! And hurray for using precious fabric!! :D Have you seen Emily Herrick's Hex Plus pattern? That's what I instantly thought of when I saw yours. Good luck on this round!!!!!

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  2. This is insanely good and easily my most favorite project for the Hexie challenge! AWESOME job- the fabrics are gorgeous and it looks amazing.

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  3. I want a giant hexie cushion now!! I love that you tried something different and you obvisouly succeeded, it's beautiful AND useful!

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  4. Love it! Looks like a great project to make and love shorty as a name for a dachsie! Lovely interview on Gnome angel too! Off to vote!

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  5. Oh Nicole, I'm so glad I didn't join Survivor because you would be so hard to compete! I love your projects, so creative and I can see all the little details and thought you put into it. Fabulous!

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  6. This is Awesome! The boys seem to love it too. I couldn't quilt over the typewriter either. I have a couple fussy cut typewriters and I haven't been able to make myself use them for anything yet. Very well done!

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  7. Congrats on another great finish! It's so fun to have you to cheer for in this competition, and even more fun that you're truly rocking it.

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  8. great job and gorgeous floor cushion!! it is very original and very you!!! i like to see a variety of projects and now i want a floor cushion just like this!!! i was wondering how you filled it; what a great idea and use for the duvet!! i am glad you will be doing a tute for the hexies because i was going to ask you for one. you have done a phenomenal job week after week, project after project!! Way to knock it out of the park once again!!!

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  9. I love what you've done for this round and have voted for you already. Those colours and great, and making the typewriter the central feature really works well. I do hope you make it through to the next round - I've loved all of your entries. Well done.

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  10. This was a clever idea and I love the end product! Great use of fabric and pattern and I love your quilting detail!

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  11. Your pillow is so awesome! I love the colors and fabrics and different hexies. I'm so impressed with the things you putting out in only two weeks! I hope you make it through!

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  12. It was so easy to vote for your project. Your creativity is over the top and in my opinion you can never go wrong with teal/aqua. I think this is a winner!

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  13. This floor cushion is awesome!!! You definately got my vote. The fabrics are stunning together. Did you use a pattern for the floor pillow or is it all original? If it original you should make a pattern, I know I would buy it. Great job and good luck!!!

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  14. Looks absolutely awesome! Great fabric choices and your quilting is wicked good. My fingers are still crossed for you! :)

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  15. So cool! I love the kaleidoscope effects, especially. It really stands out among the other entries. You have my vote for sure!

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  16. gorgeous! love everything about this, and feeling inspired to make some of those amazing crosses in hexies!!

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  17. Epic. You win. And Tula. It couldn't be more perfect. I'll be happy to pattern test for you ;-)

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  18. You nailed it! Love it and the fact that you stuffed it with an old duvet :)

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  19. What a great pillow. Looking forward to the tutorial for the + hexies. Good luck.

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  20. Oh Nicole, and I though you would not be able to top the Star Wars theme last time. Rock on Girl, Rock on!

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  21. Ohh, i have a down duvet we're not using now...great idea!

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  22. I love this SEW much!! This will be getting my vote!

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  23. Wow, your pillow has blown this hexie round out of the water, I love it so much!! I didn't realise you had also made the Star Wars Weekender and the Hold Fast quilt until I read your interview on Angie's blog - even though I had voted for them too! (clearly I'm a little slow to connect the dots ...!) I'm a total fan of Kristy's paper piecing patterns too, and I loved that you used one for your Weekender, it's awesome. Good luck with the hexie round, I hope you make the final three! Cat x

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  24. This is brilliant! Fantastic idea that turned out perfect. Love the size of it too! You are extremely talented!

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  25. Love your cushion! (here via Rach @ Family Ever After) I don't think I could have cut up that precious fabric for a floor cushion! Beautiful job.

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  26. My favourite project in my favourite colour, just beautiful! You got my vote!

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  27. Hands down my fav Sewvivor project since the beginning of the competition. It is totally unique and your fabric choices, fussy cutting and construction are just amazing! Congratulations on a truly fabulous project and good luck for the next round!

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  28. This is now one of my favourite things I have seen like ever! Did you really just stuff it with a duvet? Is it lumpy? And do you hand sew your hexes or just do partial seams? I want to do some hexes but I'm terrified of y seams!
    Love this cushion!!!

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