Coastal Vibes Hexie Pillow

Welcome to my stop on the Salt n Sand blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Carol always comes up with such fun ideas for blog hops.

When I saw the theme was salt n sand, I immediately wanted to make something in beautiful blues and golden beachy colours. I ended up creating this 'Coastal Vibes' English paper pieced hexagon pillow, which I just love, love, love. 


I started with dark blues in the top left corner and worked my way towards the lower right corner by adding lighter blues/turquoise hexies finishing with lighter creams and golds to represent the sky/surf/sand.



Once I'd sewn all of the hexagons together, I gave it a good press and then removed all of the papers. Another good press and then I placed it over a piece of batting and quilted straight lines diagonally across the piece.


After squaring the quilted piece, I used some favourite fabric to complete the envelope style back. The backing fabric is an old print by Sarah Watts for Cotton & Steel in a range called "From Porto with Love". Metallic gold sardines - how can you go wrong with those?!?



If you haven't had a chance to yet, go and visit these blogs to see what everyone has been creating for the Salt & Sand Blog Hop.

March 26

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  1. I think I love the backing as much as the front! I do love a good hexie project, so relaxing. x

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    1. Thanks Kay. Those golden sardines are something special :)

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  2. You have definitely captured the colours of the beach in your lovely cushion cover. Love the backing fabric.

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    1. Thanks Karen. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and how well it matches the couch ;-)

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  3. I love your cushion and the backing fabric is the bomb!

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    1. Thank you! I think I need to make some more cushions with that backing fabric so I can see it all the time.

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  4. Lovely and summery, but the backing, now THAT'S inspired :-D

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    1. Thanks Kate. It's such a fun fabric and I've had it for a really long time. I'm glad to have finally found the right project for it.

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  5. Anorina, I LOVE your hexie pillow!! I really like the way you arranged the colors and the backing is perfect. I have been haphazardly sewing hexies together, not knowing what the finished product would be. Maybe it will be a pillow cover! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Yay, I'd love to see your hexie pillow cover too. I love preparing hexies and making small projects with them, but not sure how I'd go make a hexagon quilt. They can get quite awkward to hold while stitching. Happy Stitching!

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  6. Beautiful! Amazingly beautiful; makes me want to get back to EPP!

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    1. Oh thank you! EPP is such fun to just pick up when you have a few spare moments.

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  7. Lovely cushion! The colours are arranged beautifully and that backing is perfect!

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  8. All I new is a beach chair and a salty breeze and I’d be right there on the beach. So beautiful.

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    1. Oh reading this made me so happy. That's the vibe I was hoping for :)

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  9. I adore your pillow; it's so pretty! I'm a big fan of hexis, and you used them to perfection here.

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  10. These dreamy colors for a salt and sand theme are perfect. They flow from the ocean to the beach beautifully. The backing was a surprise and works wonderfully. I don’t have the desire nor the patience to sew hexies myself but I so love seeing them in the projects of others. They seem to be able to create a huge variety of designs. Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much Annie. Sewing hexies can be a little slow and I seem to be extra slow at it, but I find it's a great craft to pick up and stitch here and there when you have a few spare moments (or in the car while hubby drives).

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  11. Such a inspiring hexie project. Small enough to not get overwhelmed by all the small parts. The colors you chose definitely capture "coastal vibes." Might have to make one myself! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yay! I'd love to see your hexie cushion too. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  12. The pillow front is impressive, and the back is the topping on the cake! Thank you for sharing.
    Connie

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    1. Thanks so much Connie. It was very enjoyable to make :)

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  13. I'm such a sucker for hexies😋. Beautiful interpretation of the theme. Love the back!

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    1. That back is something special and unexpected. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. This is so pretty and beachy...wow! I love how you sorted the hexies to create the effect of sand to sky. The back is amazing fabric and a perfect accent for your pillow. Thank you so much for sharing this beach beauty!

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    1. Thanks Carol. It was a lot of fun to make especially as I had a whole bunch of prepared hexies all ready to sew. Thanks for the great blog hop.

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  15. I LOVE this!! and when you set it against that turtle... ( I am assuming it is a pillow too) its just gorgeous!! Now Iw ant to go to the beach!

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    1. Thank you! Yes the turtle is another pillow - Hawaiian style. These are only a couple of the gajillion pillows I make and have. I'm an addict.

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  16. The colors are so soft and inviting and so amazing with the sardine fabric. Who would have thought sardines could be so gorgeous?

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    1. Thanks Carla. These sardines certainly add a special sparkly touch to the pillow.

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  17. That did turn out great! The backing is awesome.

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  18. That is such a sweet design! Perfect colors for the beachy feel, and I love how you arranged them, too. They make a lovely pillow!

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm quite pleased with how it matches my couch ;-)

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  19. How wonderful is this pillow! You nailed the salt and sand theme, and... actually, you used my favorite colors. This would suit my sewing room perfectly - a nice contrast to my aqua easy chair. When you've seen it enough, think of me! I think it's a beauty.

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    1. Haha I will keep you in mind. If postage wasn't so ridiculously expensive, I'd send it to you tomorrow. Aqua/teal/turquoise are my fave colours too.

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  20. Hi,
    Awesome pillow...have a great day!

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  21. Fabulous hexi pillow. I have to laugh at the sardines. They are perfect in gold, but not so perfect in the microwave. I still have nightmares over my boys "nuking" them in the microwave when they were little. It was a stinky mess and the cable TV repairman who was here at the time went outside and threw up! LOL!!!!!

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    1. Oh my goodness, that doesn't sound very yummy at all! Was it a tin of sardines?

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  22. Love, love, love your hexie pillow! What a great idea! thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. What a pretty cushion. Well done.

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  24. Great project, and perfect for the hop theme. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. sorry about my ignorance but how do you cut the fabric ?? templates, cricut ???

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    1. I cut the fabric just with my rotary cutter or scissors and then wrap it around the hexagon papers for English Paper Piecing. It's quite fun, though I'm very slow at it :)

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  26. It's beautiful Anorina... well done...xox

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  27. Wonderful colours, great backing.

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  28. Oooohhhh, I just love hexies. You did a great job with arranging them for this Salt and Sand hop. Wonderful pillow.

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    1. Thanks so much. I think I enjoyed playing around and arranging them as much as I did actually putting it all together.

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  29. What a lovely pillow to add to your collection, Anorina! Thanks for sharing with the Hop.

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    1. Thank you! I have so many cushions and pillows but I just enjoy making them so much :)

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  30. What a great sweep of fabrics - and such interesting fabrics. It's always fun to have projects you can look at and remember other projects those fabrics were used in. This seems like one of those projects. And that backing fabric is just perfect.

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    1. Yes it's exactly one of those 'happy memories' types of projects.

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  31. What a beachy pretty pillow. Great fabrics.

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  32. Hexies and sardine fabric=perfection. 😉 Carol

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  33. Lovely sea coloured hexies and they look great as a cushion..
    You can use the cushion both ways as the backing is gorgeous too!

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    1. Thanks Maria. Yes I think the backing is cool and when I showed mum, she asked if I had enough fabric to make some sardine cushions for her lounge :)

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  34. Wow! That is one lovely ocean themed hexie pillow!

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  35. I love the subtleness of this project and how it relates to the theme. Beautiful cushion - I'm sure you'll relax a little every time you look at it!

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  36. Metallic sardines!!!!!! I was all ready to say how much I like the blues and how you really captured changing tones of blues leading to the "sand" of the golds. But those metallic sardines really steal the show! What a perfect backing!

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  37. Great project and a quilt as you go too!

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  38. Love it! Coastal vibes for sure! Love all the colors you've chosen and how you laid them out.. xx

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