One of my favorite craft books at the moment is Pillow Pop.
I have previously made a pillow from it – Sea Spray. When the brown bag challenge came up in our guild, and I pulled these two fabrics, I decided I would make another one from the book.
You can check out the rest of the challenge rules here. The is” The Metro” pillow pattern. I love how it turned out. I still think this bicycle fabric is fabulous.
I did some straight line quilting in a triangular pattern in each quarter. I used chalk to mark the diagonals and then the center lines as a guide, and then sewed 1″ lines using my walking foot and guide (to ensure the 1″ distance).
I also decided to try out some variegated thread in blue tones. I really liked it and will be using it again on some future projects. You can see the color changes a little more clearly here.
One final view of the pillow, in use, in our backyard. It is a lovely fall day here, so a perfect opportunity for some photos.
This month is Craft book month @ Craftbuds.com, where they are running a link up when you post about your favorite craft book and project from that book.
I am continuing on with postage stamp cushions this week and thoroughly enjoying piecing them together. Last week, I posted about this one below, which I hope to finish by this Friday:
The biggest reward I got after sharing this one with everyone, was my 5-year-old asked if he could have one too. Surprisingly, I felt so proud and delighted he wanted one :-), of course I replied and off I went to make one.
I recently purchased the Constellations bundle by Lizzie House for Andover, as I want to use it in a quilt for my son. I decided that I would use a strip of each fabric and add a wonky star in yellow for the sun. I have sewn all the strips for the pillow (10 of them) and here are the top 8 (all I could fit on my hanger). You can see the wonky star which was my first wonky star – it was fun seeing how the pieces come together. I am loving the constellation fabric – great for a boy. The photo has been rotated so you can see what the final pillow will look like.
I am thinking of either quilting straight lines 1/4 inch from the seams (both horizontal and vertically) or diagonal lines through the corners. I am again hoping to have at least the top finish by Friday to show every one.
Anyway, we are over the hump of the week, hope everyone’s week is going well.
One of my favorite things, is when you buy fabric and in the package the fabric store include those little treats. I have been sent 4 mini charm packs lately. I wanted to try and use them as I was inspired by Amanda Jean @ crazy mom quilts square pillow she had in this blog.
I put 3 of the mini charm packs into a bag and then randomly select them and sewed them in strips and the final result was this cushion top:
The squares are not aligned perfectly but for the first time using them I think it still looks cute.
I quilted this with flowers. It was my first time doing free motion quilting (FMQ). I was thinking doing a dogwood pattern, which is kind of represented below but after the first one, I decided that I should just go with it and see where it takes me – perfection was not the goal 🙂
I do think its a pretty good job since I have never tried it before. I like that the flower petals are all different and it has the little centers. Here are a couple of photos:
1 mini charm pack – Ticklish, Me & my sisters designs fro Moda
1 mini Charm pack – Happy go lucky, Bonnie @ Camille for Moda
1 mini charm pack – Posy, Aneela Hoey for Moda.
What are your favorite FQM patterns – I would love to add some to my pinterest site as a reference :-)….so leave a comment and let me know. Hope you all have a good weekend, I am linking up with AmandaJean @Crazy Mom quilts for finish it up Friday.
I am so excited on how my first paper piecing project turned out. On Wednesday, I shared with you the little kiwi I was embarking on. Here is the finished paper piecing block – I’ve framed it ready to be the front of a 18 inch cushion cover….
One of my March goals done – try a new technique, paper piecing. A big thank you to Juliet @ tartankiwi for the design and pattern, I had a lot of fun with it. I will definitely do more paper piecing.
I have wanted to try paper piecing for a while now. The results always look so precise and amazing. There are so many options but I decided I wanted to try this kiwi pattern by Juliet & Tartankiwi, as this was the design that inspired me to give paper piecing a try. It also brings memories of home. This is my work in progress this week….I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.
So the plan is to make another cushion for our grey sofa, that co-ordinates with my spoonflower cushion. I am using yellow and grey for my kiwi. I wanted to give a little more dimension to the kiwi itself, so I made patchwork blocks of yellow and grey to use like a piece of fabric. Here are the blocks.
This is for the body of the kiwi:
The grey will be for the legs and beak:
I am 1/2 way through the block and I love paper-piecing. The pattern for a beginner has been relatively easy so far and I think it is turning out well. I am hoping to finish the cushion cover up by Friday.