Pillow-Palooza

Pillows

A couple weekends ago, on Mother’s Day, I spent part of the day playing with some of my Heather Ross fabric scraps. I made some scrappy log cabin blocks, just having fun coordinating colors and prints. This week I decided to turn those little squares into pillows.

Pillow Detail 2

I thought I would add some ric rac trim to the edges for added cuteness. I’ve never sewn ric rac to the edge of anything so I used this tutorial.

Pillow Detail 1

I quilted the front of the pillows to a piece of batting. Random lines…

Bike Pillow

Straight lines…

Goldfish Pillow

Diagonal lines…

Far Far Away 2 Pillow

Wavy lines…

Mermaid Pillow

The backs are just some cute prints I had laying around.

Pillow Backs

One of these pillows is being mailed out to one of my husband’s coworkers who just had a baby boy. The others have found a new home on my daughter’s window seat!

2011 – A Sewing Summary

It is hard to believe 2011 is coming to an end. For some reason, this year really just flew by for me. I’ve been spending the last week or so reflecting on my quilting related goals for the past year. I wish I had written out a list, but I know I really wanted to make a quilt out of solids this year {check}, write at least one additional quilt pattern {check}, participate in a quilt along {check}, make a zigzag quilt {nope}, appear in a publication {check}, finish my Katie Jump Rope quilt from forever ago {nope}…

2011 Quilts

It’s funny because I felt like maybe I wasn’t very productive quilt-wise this year…but when I created the mosaic of all my finished projects for the year, I was actually pretty surprised! You can find links to all these projects on the Quilts tab at the top of my blog header.

I think if I could make one statement about 2011, I would say it was the year I discovered how much I love working with solids. I will always be a sucker for prints, but there is just something about making a quilt using all solid fabrics that really inspires me.

One of the areas that has really grown on my blog over the last year was the Tutorials section. I’ve had a lot of fun designing quilts and blocks…as well as cohosting the Summer Sampler Series.

2011 Patterns and Tutorials

You can find links to most of these projects and tutorials on the Patterns/Tutorials tab above my blog header. The only exceptions are my Prism quilt, Rainchino Rails quilt, and Boxed In quilt block which are all in publications.

Probably the biggest highlights of my year were attending Malka Dubrawsky’s Improvisational Piecing class and the Sewing Summit. It was so fun to not only take classes geared towards modern quilting, but meet people who I had only “known” from online.

This year I thought I’d write down a few of my goals for 2012:
· Spend an entire month only using solid fabrics
· Spend an entire month focused only on improvisational quilting
· Read at least one classic novel a month
· Finally make that zigzag quilt
· Develop at least 3 new quilt patterns
· Host another quilt along
· Keep up better with my Google Reader
· Participate in at least one handmade swap
· Attend the Sewing Summit again
· Check out the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
· Come up with some sort of party when I get my 1 millionth page view on my blog (which should be next month!)

I’m not sure if I will accomplish all of these…but we will see what next year holds. What are your goals for 2012?

‘The Hood’ : A Christmas Tree Skirt

The Hood Tree Skirt

Finished just in the nick of time! I’m not sure why I continue to do this to myself year after year, but once again I started a project for Christmas just days before needing it to decorate. All year I told myself I needed to make a new Christmas tree skirt. Our old one was pretty cheap and junky and literally falling apart. Last Friday I decided to “whip one up”. Ha, famous last words, right?

The Hood Tree Skirt Front

I knew I wanted to make this particular pattern after seeing it in last year’s Fat Quarterly Holiday Special. This pattern was designed by Brioni Greenberg.

Tree Skirt Progress

I think I was delusional in thinking this project would only take me a few hours. Friday I spent the day cutting and placing the houses. Saturday I spent the day pebble quilting. I ran out of thread in the middle and had to stop and go to the store. Sigh… This quilting technique took a long time, but after seeing Brioni’s example, I had to do it. It is SO cute and my daughter thinks it looks like clouds. I also spent some time Saturday stitching down the houses. I finished those and the stars up yesterday and also added the binding. I used a red polka dot print by designer Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line.

The Hood Tree Skirt Buttons

Overall I’m really happy with how this tree skirt turned out. The pattern was fabulous. Well worth the $5 cost of the issue. I know this particular holiday decoration will be getting years of use at my house.

The Hood Tree Skirt Pebble Quilting

Things will be quiet here on the blog for the next few days as I take some time away from the sewing machine and enjoy being with my family. Wishing all my US readers a happy Thanksgiving!