Thank you for your suggestions on my hexie dilemma. The consensus seems to be to push on with the project, and that lining the piece with white will stop the seams from showing through so much.
We had a brief trip to Sydney in the school holidays, and I finally got to visit Quiltsmith in Annandale. Another one to tick off my 'quilt shop bucket list'! I snapped these impressive hand pieced quilts while I was there:
I also popped in to Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook where I picked up a lovely set of 1930s fabrics.
So armed with your advice, some visual inspiration and some new fabrics, I'm all set to get back to my hexies!