Hello September and hello party people! This is so my kind of party and I am so excited to share my make for Mister Domestic’s Sewing Party 2! When Mathew, also known as Mister Domestic asked me to participate in the sewing party a while ago, of course I said yes! He gave us choices from Art Gallery Fabrics new capsules and fusions collections to work with. I chose Le Vintage Chic, which you can find here , because I’d been playing around with a pattern and I thought it would be perfect for it!

It’s such a pretty collection! I added two Pure Elements solids to complement the collection. The light pink is Crystal Pink PE-420 and I used that for the hexies, and the hot pink is Cherry Lipgloss PE-405 and I used that one for the diamonds and the binding.

I had to reconfigure a few things but over all, the original idea I had in my head was what I ended up with. This is my mock up as I was playing with the different prints in the Le Vintage Chic collection. The overall collection is very soft and pretty with pops of pink and minty aqua. A perfect combination of vintage and chic!  I really wanted to design a pattern that would show off the prints in a collection as well as play with some fun shapes while still being beginner friendly. And anybody that knows me, knows how much I love hexies….so, of course I had to include them!  I had to make a bigger mock up too while I was at it…

And what is really cool about Art Gallery Fabrics, is that you can go on their website and download jpg swatches for all their collections like these below, and plop them into Adobe Illustrator and just have fun playing! It’s easy to spend a few hours just arranging and manipulating in illustrator, so be prepared with something to drink and snack on while working!

So, here is my hexies, diamonds, and squares quilt! Hanging on the fence to the soccer field, with binder clips and s hooks like one does when there is nobody around to help you hold it up! I just had to wait for the sun to set a bit with this heat wave we’ve had here in Southern California before I could go out and look for a good spot to take photos. I was lucky it didn’t rain the day I choose to go out for photos! I couldn’t believe the crazy thunder and lightning storm we were getting with the heavy downpour…in August! So weird. I digress!

I tried to make this a quilt that would come together with the least amount of seams possible and it was so fun to streamline the block making process!

One thing I’ve really wanted to practice more is hand quilting. So this was the perfect opportunity! My initial plan was to mix machine quilting and hand quilting, but somehow, I ended up hand quilting the whole quilt with diagonal lines going left and right. I focused on intersecting all the hot pink diamonds and that created a random, organic looking pattern which I thought adding machine quilting to would take away from its charm. My next one I’ll definitely try with machine quilting to get a different look and feel texture wise. (and to save my fingers, hah!) Here you can see the quilting better. It’s not perfect, but I’m learning!

I don’t know about you, but I just loooooooove the texture hand quilting gives you! Little dips all over, creating this yummy texture, yes please! I used Lecien Cosmo’s new Tsu Mu Gi thread in 40wt that they so kindly sent me to try and not only is it wonderful to use for piecing, but it is dreamy to hand quilt with also! I also used Warm and White batting because of all the lighter colors in the collection. I didn’t want them to look dull from using a natural colored batting so I actually compared laying the quilt top over Warm and Natural and Warm and White and there was quite a big difference where the lighter fabrics were. In hindsight I wish I’d taken a comparison photo! But for now, you’ll just have to trust me! 

So, now that you’ve made it this far, I’ve got to ask for a favor! Help me name this pattern! I am totally stumped and would love to hear your suggestions!

That’s it for me folks, but make sure to check out all the makes from the other participants in the sewing party! Here is the full line up for your reference.

August 28th – Justin Stafford | @keatonquilts & www.keatonquilts.com

August 29th – Kristi McDonough | @schnitzelandboo & www.schnitzelandboo.com

August 30th – Paola Baker | @loveoffabrics

August 31st – Alisa Kutsel | @astitchinbetween & www.astitchinbetween.com

September 1st – (This is me! ) Elise Baek | @eliseandemelie & www.eliseandemelie.com

September 2nd – Mathew Boudreaux | @misterdomestic & www.misterdomestic.net

I’d love to stay in touch, so don’t forget to subscribe below if you’d like to be notified of new posts, pattern releases, and freebies! I have a new EPP pattern coming out soon (eeeek!), and as soon as I can decide on a name for this quilt, I’ll be looking for sample makers! Stay cool until next time and don’t forget to check out Mathew’s post tomorrow, I’m sure it will be faaaaabulous!

xx, elise

 

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Vickie Zaleski
September 1, 2017
Ok...this might be completely ridiculous, but when you said, "here's my hexies, diamonds and squares quilt" it made me think of choosing a diamond shape/cut...round, princess, etc. Maybe something like Diamond Choice, or Diamond Cut, Stone Cut? Not sure if that's what you were going for at all! Or maybe something to do with the Hexie focus of the quilt...like Hexie Focus, Hexie Story, Hexie Tale? Tale of Hexies? Whatever you decide to call it, I adore your pattern and would love, love, love to make it!!!
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    elise
    September 1, 2017
    Vickie, you're just the sweetest!! I love all your ideas and they're going into my notebook!
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Mary Jane
September 18, 2017
I think given all the wonderful elements of this quilt it should be called "A Girl's Best Friend". I just love your work!
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