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Surprise Gift – Chicopee

You know how you meet people and instantaneously you have that connection. You know they are a best-ie (translation: best friend) immediately. I was so surprised to have the same experiences in the Social Media world. Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day, is one such connection.

She has a love…obsession (??) for Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line and she works so hard in her teaching job that over the winter break I decided I wanted to do something special for her. Low and behold, she mentioned how much she had loved my Sea Spray pillow. Done, that will be what I make using her favorite Chicopee.

I have been posting progress on a pillow on IG (Instagram) for a while now, without her knowing, to see how she responds to the various choices. Here is the final product – which I think turned out great!

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A close-up of the quilting, which is just straight line quilting at ~1/8 inch about on the low volume prints.
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I decided to use a new technique, to me, for the zipper. I typically use an invisible zipper but I do not have the right foot yet for my new machine. As such I used a standard zipper but I wanted to still have it hidden. I found this fantastic tutorial by S.O.T.A.K handmade for making such a closure.

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So the details…
Fabric: Denyse Schmidt Chicopee + Essex Linen Med. Aqua
Size: 20″ x 20″
Design: Crystallized from the book Pillow Pop

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

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Book Review Tuesday: Pillow Pop

Sorry this is so late today….I came down with the flu and have been feeling under the weather all day. I know…what a New Year’s Eve right ?? Anyway, after watching several episodes of Doctor Who, I am overcoming my cold to bring you one of my favorite books of 2013. I thought it a fitting way to see out the year.

Review

My two favorite books of 2013 would have to be Pillow Pop and Patchwork, please.

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Title: “Pillow Pop”
Author: Compiled by Heather Bostic
Publisher: C&T Publishing/Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-478-8

I love sewing pillows. They are a great project to practice your skills. They are quick projects which means you easily get finishes and a sense of accomplishment – great to put in between quilt finishes. Finally, they make great gifts!!

Pillow Pop has a fabulous collection of 25 pillow projects. The projects are all by different people, so that means there is something for everyone in this book. The projects are at varying skill levels and pillow sizes and provide you with plenty ideas for a guild pillow swap or gift for a friend.

Each project is well put together, with materials, cutting instructions, and block instructions. The projects have great accompanied pictures and layout, which make them appealing and easy to follow. At the end of the book, there is a chapter that covers various tips on how to finish of the pillow, and the techniques you may need for the project. For example, how to make HST (half square triangles) or put a zipper in or make an envelope back, the details are provided.

My only caution for the book is to make sure you check for corrections. The Metro project, for example, has at least two errors in measurements. This was frustrating and meant some rework and re-measurement, to ensure I was not going crazy some how misread the instructions (which of course can happen ;-)) .

As mentioned, the book offers 25 projects. Of which, I would like at some stage, to make at 12-15 of those. I think that is a great return of investment. For this reason and the enjoyment I have had in making a couple of the projects already,  I would give this book a rating of 4/5.
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Projects

I have made at two of the projects from the book so far. Both of which I had a lot of fun making and had the chance to practice different techniques.

Sea Spray:  This was made from the “Crystallized” pattern by Angela Mitchell’s (page 82). This was the my first attempt using HST and low volumes.

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The Metro: This project is one of the first in the book and is an easy, quick project. Great for beginners. I used this project to practice improvisational piecing (at least the fabric selection) + straight line quilting.

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I plan to make more of the patterns, as I just joined the Threadbias Pillow Pop Sew Along  (and yes it was in my plan ;-)). It would be great to see you all over there. It starts in January, and there are plenty of projects throughout the year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Give-away

One brand new copy of Pillow Pop will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what is your favorite pillow pattern you have tried or your current favorite craft book. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced after 6pm next Tuesday.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Brown bag challenge finished

One of my favorite craft books at the moment is Pillow Pop.

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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.

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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.

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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).MetroPillowQuilting

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.
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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.MetroPillowFinished

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.
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WiP Wednesday {04.09.2013}: Triangle MQG projects

We have two activities at the moment going on in the Triangle MQG:

  1. For September’s meeting, this coming weekend, there is a pouch swap….I am still deciding what to do.
  2. For October, there is a brown paper bag challenge, in which we were able to select one Fat quarter print and one fat eighth solid from a bag. This is what I chose….
    TMQG_FabricChallenge…not to bad if you ask me. The challenge states that you can add any solids in the same color family as the solid you have chosen + 1 neutral.

So, I decided I need a quick project but something I would like, as I get to keep this one. I have been wanting to do another pillow pop project for a while, being inspired by the craft book blog hop, that is what I chose.

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“The Metro”…. I am using 4 blue solids (including the brown bag fat eighth), Kona white for the sashing and the wonderful Echino bicycle print.

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The front is finished, on to the quilting and the backing.TMQG_PillowTop

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

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Mid-Month Check in for June Goals

Checking in today for my June goals that I am doing for “A lovely year of finishes”

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This month’s main goal will be:

  • Finish a baby quilt top
    Well I have two underway, a hexagon english paper pieced quilt and a wonky star quilt. I posted progress here for WiP Wednesday.

….the smaller projects that have been swimming around in my head are:

  • Market Tote for me (using the pattern from Patchwork, please)
    I have picked out fabric but I have not started yet 
  • iPad cover (again I have been eyeing the pattern from Patchwork, please) Changed to a coin purse.
    Completed and posted here
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  • More Cushions/Pillows (there have been a couple I want to try from Pillow pop but I also have a couple of others in mind).
    Finished the one cushion based on the pillow pop design which I named “Sea Spray”, posted a couple of times here and here.
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  • Hand-quilting on the Four Season’s in One Day quilt.
    Not started but did get a cool frame from one of my quilting guild friends that will may this easier.

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

When Jennifer posted on her blog about the modern mini quilt challenge, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to join in in the challenge. I love small projects – what a perfect challenge.

Now to decide what to enter. I am so torn between my Sea Spray Pillow and the Wonky Universe Pillow, pictured below, respectively. I loved both but for different reasons, and they both had new techniques/skills I learned, each were a special gift and had a special meaning. Hmmm…. choices, choices.

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or Wonky Universe… IMG_7245

Ok…now comes the decision….I think I am going to choose the…

Sea Spray” Pillow.

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This pillow was a gift for our pillow swap last Sunday. It was based on the “Crystallized” pattern in the book Pillow Pop. This was a challenge for me as it was the first time I have used HST’s, so I was so nervous about cutting them perfectly and matching them up. I used some techniques that Adrianne @ On The Windy Side had shared with me, to get pieces to be more accurate…specifically I took the time to cut them carefully and measure a few times, used my 1/4 inch foot and pinned each seam. I couldn’t have asked for a better finish !!!

I thought I would share some of the steps I took:

  1. Cut out 100 x 3 ” squares, 50 low volume and 50 blue, green or aqua.
  2. Choose one light square and one dark square. I used a 1/4 ” seam ruler – which I used to line up the middle along the diagonal and marked a 1/4 ” on each side. I then sewed on each of these two lines.
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  3. Cut down the middle of these squares, between the seams. Press the seams, I like to press each seam to the side. Trim the corners. The squares should measure 2 1/2″.
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  4. Use a design board to lay out your design.
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  5. Start at the top row and sew each square together using a 1/4 ” seam. This is where my new 1/4 ” foot came in handy. Keep sewing each row until finished. Press the seams but each row I pressed the seams in opposite directions in preparation to matching up the rows.
  6. Once you have the each row finished and pressed, take the first two rows and I pin each of the seams together so the seams match. I start from the middle and make my way out to the edges. Once pinned, sew a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat by adding a row to the block at a time. Press after each row addition.
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  7. Once the top is complete, I used cotton batting and a piece of muslin (each about 21″ x 21″) to produce my sandwich I was quilting. I decided I would sew irregular distanced lines (about 1/4 inch apart) around the low-volume areas. Here is a view of the back of my quilted front, after pressing.
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    Close up of the  quilting on the front:
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  8. Once you have finished the front, its time for the back. I love invisible zippers sewed in the middle of the back. I used two pieces of blue Kona fabric that is 21″ x 11″, and sewed each piece of fabric to the invisible zipper following the instructions using my  invisible zipper foot.
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  9. Once I have the zipper in, I trim all the edges to 20.5 ” x  20.5″ pillow. I pin the right sides together with the zipper being open to the middle. I then sewed a 1/4 ” seam along all the edges and double seam across the zipper one each side.  That’s it – turn the pillow in the right way and iron.
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Sea Spray: HST Pillow Completed!!!

Sea spray is a spray of seawater that forms when ocean waves crash, or high winds are blowing.” (from wikipedia).

That, I think, perfectly describes this finished HST pillow.  It was a dash to the finish, for sure, but I managed to finish my pillow that I am swapping this weekend.  I based this pillow off “Crystallized” by Angela Mitchell’s pattern in the Pillow Pop book (page 82). Instead of using the warm and cool color combinations, I swapped the warm for low-volume prints and made the cool color rings a single color within a the ring (not mixed). IMG_7424

I quilted irregular lines in the low volume portion of the pillow, which you can see more clearly in this close-up.IMG_7426

The back of the pillow I kept simple with using a single Kona Blue fabric. The opening I used an invisible zipper through the middle of the pillow (as I had done in my other two cushions blogged here). IMG_7428

I am including a picture of the pillow top backing, as you can really see the quilting. The top, I used organic cotton batting with muslin as the backing which is what you see here.IMG_7430

So I love the finish, the hubby wanted to keep it…..I hope my swap partner likes it!!
I blogged previously, showing photos of the making of the pillow – those can be found here and here. I shared the above photos on the “Pillow Pop” flickr group – in case you are interested in joining.

I am linking up with AmandaJean @ CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday.