As usual I couldn’t narrow down what colors I wanted to use, so I picked pretty much them all (except the brown, it would blend too much into my couch).
Seeing Anna finish her pillows motivated me to get going on mine. I’d been hesitating because I always dread installing the invisible zipper. But she actually linked to a great tutorial on Sew Katie Did’s blog and guess what? I’m not scared anymore! It was so easy!
The two blue pillows are 20″ x 20″ and the red and yellow pillows are 18″ x 18″. I bought my down inserts at Crate and Barrel.
Since these fabrics are a Home Dec weight, I think they will hold up nicely to the abuse that comes at the hands of a 4 and 6 year old.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!
July 26, 2013 14 Comments
Better late than never, I’ve finally finished my family’s new picnic quilt. I started this one as part of a blog hop last May. That’s May of 2012. I ended up spending a lot of the summer working on book stuff and then I wasn’t motivated to work on a picnic quilt in the winter, and well, you know how it goes. (right??) So the quilt top sat and sat until a day before our trip up to the lake for the 4th of July.
This quilt is a simple 16 patch, with the individual squares measuring 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ cut. The fabric is a mix of Maude Asbury’s Crabtastic line and fabrics from my stash.
The quilt ended up pretty big (for me) at 80″ x 80″. I really wanted to use fabric from my stash for the backing and binding, so I chose a black floral from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee for the backing and a text from Architextures for the binding. I’m hoping those will both hide the dirt a bit as we take this quilt out for some serious use at the beach and park. I quilted it loosely with wavy lines about every 2 inches.
We already tested it out while watching the fireworks over Lake Michigan on Thursday evening, and it was just perfect for the job. I can’t wait to take it along for the rest of Summer!
July 5, 2013 40 Comments
New pillows for the couch have been on my to-do list since the beginning of Winter. I love my Autumn pillows, but I was ready to put them away until next year. When I saw Sarah Watt‘s Timber & Leaf collection for Blend Fabrics, I knew the natural designs and soft colors were perfect for my house. I mixed in Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pearl and Dogwood.
These two are my favorites!
I was inspired by Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt. I really liked how her string blocks were paper pieced so they would line up, but still be different widths of fabric strips. I made two paper piecing templates, each are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ unfinished. I used 3 of each template to form the 18″ square pillow.
You can buy the pattern for Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt in her pattern shop.
I quilted the pillow with straight lines, about 1/2″ apart. The back is a simple envelope enclosure.
You can find Timber & Leaf at Moona Fabrics. Now to make another one for the other side of the couch!
January 16, 2013 31 Comments
Thank you so much for all your wonderful words about my Cutting Edge quilt! I was really surprised to see so many comments here and on Flickr, you guys really made my day.
I didn’t do any sewing over the weekend. We drove to Cincinnati for a trip to see our family and then did a bit of Father’s Day relaxing once we got home. I feel like I could sleep another 10 hours this morning, but I guess 3 and 5 year olds don’t feel that way and were up early – on with the coffee!
I was happy to come home to some new fabric, Beauty is You by artist Cori Dantini. I snapped some pictures without ironing it, but I’m sure you can see how beautiful this fabric is.
The fabric line has two different fabric panels – one with three large pictures and one with several smaller pictures. I love these and plan to make them the centers of my blocks.
I think this fabric is just starting to pop up for sale. I bought mine in a bit of an impulse when I saw it in the Hawthorne Threads newsletter.
Off to do a bit of morning sewing before swim lessons. Happy Monday everyone!
June 18, 2012 17 Comments