Linen Pillows

Happy 2010! I can’t believe how fast the last year flew by. So much occurred in the last 12 months….most notably welcoming my little Kyler into the family last March. I can’t wait to see what this year holds.

I spent the holidays in northern Michigan so I was away from my laptop AND sewing machine for over a week. Talk about withdrawal! I have only been home 2 days but have been busy working on 3 different quilts to show (hopefully) soon!

In the meantime, I wanted to share the pillows I made for my mother-in-law for Christmas. She gave me some scrap fabric that was left over from 2 chairs in their family room. Inspired by this pillow by Meringue Designs, I immediately ordered some linen and created four pillows. I didn’t have a variety of fabrics like the pillow from my inspiration, so I cut squares and rectangles out of the same fabric and sewed them together. I think it made for a pretty interesting design.

Lakehouse Pillows

Linen was harder to work with than I thought. I had heard it was challenging, but really you never know until you do it! I really couldn’t get a good handle on quilting it, so I didn’t. 🙂

As you can see here, they match the chair!

Lakehouse Pillows 2

I hope everyone had a wonderful break with their families and look forward to see what you all create too in 2010!

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    January 5, 2010

    I really like how you cute the print – much more interesting than just solid strips. Very nice pillows!

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    cynthia winward

    January 5, 2010

    wow, i actually inspired someone to make something! awesome!

    i am so sorry the linen was difficult to work with. what type of linen is it? heavy weight is easy to work with, although difficult to come by. light weight can be to light unless you are going to quilt it (use spray starch to stiffen it) so i usually go with a medium weight. not that you were asking….. 🙂 cynthia

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      January 9, 2010

      Cynthia – I think it was probably pretty light weight. GREAT advice about the spray starch! I’m going to try that next time!

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        cynthia winward

        January 9, 2010

        oh yea, i always spray starch the heck out of lightweight linen when sewing with it. buy the good heavy duty starch. 🙂

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    January 9, 2010

    A week away from the PC?! I don’t even want to think about it!

    I really like the cushions and the way they tie the different pieces of furniture together.

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    wishes, true and kind

    January 15, 2010

    I love the pillows. And they look great with the chair!