“Tie One On” Fabric, Project and Fabric Giveaway

10/5/18- Giveaway is closed and winner has been chosen and notified (see comments below for details). Thank you to all who entered!!

Its my turn to tell you about Scott Hansen’snew fabric collection for Banyan Batiks, Tie One On!

(Oh! And enter to win a fat quarter bundle at the end of this post!!)

Scott’s collection is all batiks, and inspired by vintage neckties from the 1950’s. He sent me the full “Nashville” color way and it immediately reminded me of dusty mountain ranges and sightseeing in New Mexico with my family. I was in a bit of a creative fun when this project came about, and had recently noticed that hand sewing is what I was most inspired by. Going with that inspiration I decided to make a English Paper Pieced Pillow of hexagon shapes.



If hand sewing seems like it just takes too long, and you feel like you don’t have time or patience for it, but wished you did, then this is a project for you! You see these are giant hexagons (you can see how large they are above). 3″ size. What this means is that the sewing and construction will go much faster than you think! Trust me.



This whole grouping of fabrics sort of inspired me to pull out some thrifted denim pieces I’ve had in my stash, waiting to be used. The blues and rust shades worked perfectly with the chambray shades I pulled out.


To Make the 16″ Hexie Pillow


One package of 25 3″ Hexagons from Paper Pieces (I used 16, but you could make the pillow bigger!)

  • Assorted Fat quarters or smaller amounts from the Tie One On fabric collection by Blue Nickel Studio for Banyan Batiks/Northcott Fabrics (I used approximately 11 different fabrics, repeating a few of my favorite colors.)
  • Fabric basting glue stick (a washable glue stick is fine)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Handsewing Needle
  • 18″ square piece of batting
  • 18″ square piece of backing fabric
  • Two panels for envelope back of pillow, each measuring 11″ x 16 1/2″ (I used two different prints, but you could also use two pieces of the same fabric)
  • Four strips of 2 1/4″ fabric, each measuring 17 1/2″ long for the binding around the edges of the pillow
  • 16″ pillow form

To Make:

  1. To create the front of the pillow, I glue based fabrics to the 3″ hexagon shapes.


2. I laid out the entire pattern of hexagons on my worktable, found a layout I liked, then took a picture with my phone. From there I hand sewed each of the hexies to one another following my photo. (English Paper Piecing is my favorite way to sit in front of a good movie and binge a series!)


3. Once the entire front is sewn together, trim it to about 17″ square (I leave a little extra for quilting that I trim to 16 1/2″ later). Center the cut panel over a layer of batting and backing, and quilt it with straight lines in a neutral thread using a walking foot. (These are super easy to mark on the front using a hera marker). See the gray lines below.


When you are done, trim all 3 layers to 16 1/2″ square.


4. Hem one long end of each of the fabric panels you cut for the envelope back.




5. Lay out the front and back panels, wrong sides together, and pin. Using a basting stitch and staying close to the edge, stitch the pieces together along all four sides.



6. To create the binding that will cover the pillow’s edges: At the iron, fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Open up the crease, then bring the edges in (still to wrong side) to meet that crease and press. Finally, press the strip in half lengthwise again, to set that center crease again. Repeat for all four strips.


7. To sew these to the pillows edges (use a regular stitch length) and turn the short edge of one side of the strip in and press. Sandwich the binding nice and snug over the first edge of the pillow, pin into place to hold. Stitch this down from the front of the pillow, close to the inside folded edge. Go slow and make sure you get front and back edges sewn down simultaneously. When you get to the end, carefully fold the edge to the wrong side to be flush with the edge of the pillow and finish. Backstitch at beginning and end, repeat for all four sides. (Hint: I sewed the binding to the two opposing sides first, then did the other sides.)

Please visit the other folks making up beautiful things using this fabric collection!

9/22 – Teri Lucas                 https://terificreations.com/

9/23 – Robin Long               http://robinruthdesign.com/blog/

9/24 – Sue O’Very               https://sueoverydesigns.com/blog/

9/25 – Cheryl Arkison          http://www.cherylarkison.com/diningroomempire/

9/26 – Linda Sullivan           https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/

9/27 – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill   http://blog.wholecirclestudio.com/

9/28 – Debby Brown            http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/

9/30 – Kim Niedzwiecki       http://www.gogokim.com/


And guess what!? I am giving away one fat quarter bundle of Scott’s Tie One On fabric collection! Just leave a comment on this post and tell me if you have ever sewn English Paper Piecing (EPP) and what you love or hate about it! ! I will randomly select a name and close the giveaway on Friday, October 5th!

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