New Pillows!

pillow detail

I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite things about know how to sew is being able to make something like pillows and change the look of a room in an afternoon. And for cheap.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided I needed a change and made a set of these pillows. The center fabric is Metro Living Circles in Chocolate. Then I used a couple Essex Linens (in Putty and Sand) for the first time. These are great fabrics and way easier to use than pure linen. I bought them on Etsy from Sew Deerly Loved. The third solid is Kona Charcoal and I also used that for the backing. The outer ring is from Laura Gunn’s Poppy collection. I quilted these in diagonal lines about 1/2″ spacing. I used my new Hera marker to make a line down the center and then quilted from there. It matches my house perfectly, love it!

New pillows

Speaking of Laura Gunn, have you seen her new Magnolia Lane line? *Very* pretty, I especially love the Magnolia Branch print. The painted canvas prints look like great basics.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I am working on some baby loveys this week for the shop, and also finishing up a charm pack quilt. Talk to you soon!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Fall Flower Detail

Linen…Wool Felt…Katie Jump Rope. In a spurt of sewing today, they all came together and became this small fall pillow. This was so fun to make and I have a *lot* of wool felt. I definitely see more in my future, maybe for the shop? The only snag in that plan is that I love this linen, but it is a piece that accidentally sent me last year and I have no idea what it is! If only I could go to their warehouse and do some comparing in person. 🙂

Fall Flower

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!