Meadow Stripe Pillows

Modern Stripe Pillows

I think the best part about sewing is the ability to change the look of a room so easily. In fact, these pillows could also be called the “Update-Your-Family-Room-in-1-Nap-Time” pillows. I was ready for a change on my couch and had been looking at Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow collection since I went on my trip to the Fabric Shack. I wanted something simple as I was getting tired of my string block pillows…started to get too busy for my eyes.

Modern Stripe Pillow Closeup

I just cut random width stripes of fabric and then quilted them with a straight line on each side of the seams. The back is an awesome linen that sent to me accidentally. If I knew what it was, I would probably buy yards and yards of it. It is perfect. I finished them off with an invisible zipper – I’m getting quite good at those. And voila, instant new look!

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!