I was so thrilled this week when I found that Janice @ Better of Thread highlighted my Market Tote on her website, after I shared it on her Sew Tuesday link up. I hope you go over and check out the link up, its lots of fun.
Over the weekend, I finished the two postage stamp pillows that were blogged here and here (check out these blogs for close up shots and fabric used). I love how they turned out. Here are the final looks:
Wonky Universe Pillow (my son’s):
For the first time, I used invisible zippers for the back opening, across the middle, for both pillows. I love how these look instead of my usual envelope backing:
And now more photos of these pillows all finished:
I am linking up with Let’s get acquainted Monday @ Plum and June and Sew Tuesday @ Better of Thread.
After last week’s cushion top, I received the best compliment, my 5-year-old son asked if I could make him a cushion. I started the strips and posted on Wednesday my start with the “space” themed cushion top using “Constellations” by Lizzie House for Andover.
When sewing the strips together, I realized that I can take advantage of my errors purposely inaccurate alignment of the squares (and the wonky star) 😉 and we have a cushion we are calling “The Wonky Universe”.
I can say this about working with postage stamp squares (and probably other squares too)….It doesn’t take much for the strips not to align just slight errors in cutting and probably inaccurate seams makes all the postage square not line up.
The quilting on this one I went with dark blue straight lines radiating from the wonky star, which is our sun, to kind of represent orbits. These lines were alternating to make sure the softness was left in the cushion cover. I also added yellow lines both horizontal and vertical directions through the sun.
When I showed my son this morning his response was “AWESOME!!”. It made my day 🙂
Quick update:After seeing the amazing cushion from Adrianne @ On The Windy Side, I asked how she gets her squares so aligned….she gave this great advice:
accurate cutting helps a lot. Personally, I don’t find pre-cut charms or mini charms very accurate, and I find the pinked edges make it difficult to line them up accurately. I would recommend cutting your own squares or cutting down pre-cuts so they have straight edges.
sewing a consistent 1/4″ seam is a matter of practice. Sewing lots and regularly (like at least an hour most days) will help you get better faster. I’m not sure that my 1/4″ seam is exactly a 1/4″, but after a lot of practice, it is at least consistent. If you’re not already using a 1/4″ foot, it is worth the investment. I can’t sew a consistent seam without one.
when accuracy is important, I use a LOT of pins. I line up the seams I want to match and pin through the seams. Depending on how big the squares are, I might also put a pin (or 2) between each pinned seam. I also pin in a slightly unusual way (I didn’t realise this until I started sewing with friends!) – I put the pin through the fabric perpendicular to the edge, with the point towards the edge I will sew along. If you put the pins back from the edge a little bit, you can sew along without removing them as you go.
I don’t usually pre-wash or starch my fabrics, but when I know something might be tricky (like the Essex linen in black I used for these cushions), I do starch just for that extra bit of control.
I hope you go over and check out her blog :-). Have a good weekend all.
I have never entered in a mosaic contest, however, I just saw this contest at Stitched in Color. I love everything about color; mixing it up and pulling fabrics from different lines to produce a wonderful palette to work with, this gives me that creative outlet.
The contest labelled Sweet Contrary, it is about using warm vs cold colors. It is sponsored by Lark Cottons. I decided to give it a try and here is my first entry….
My first fabric choice was the Joel Dewberry Aviary 2, Sparrows – Lilac. I love this fabric and I based the rest of my choices to go with this piece. I chose green and teal for my cold colors and the lilac/plum and yellow for my warm colors. Lastly, I added grey’s as a neutral.
My second entry was based on the colors used for this Buqshan hotel in Khaila – Yemen (Photo by Eric Lafforgue). It was one of the first images I added to my pinterest design photo. The vibrancy is breath-taking.
Representing this with fabric – this was what I came up with:
What do you think of my fabric/color choices? The competition is open until April 29th so go over and take a look. Voting opens on the 30th April.