Southwest Throw Pillow
I am working on a couple of larger projects (an Art Quilt) and some throws (Bonnie Hunter design). But, sometime ya just have to work and complete a small project.
So, with one of my leftover blocks from my southwest Sampler Quilt, I made a throw pillow for the guest bedroom. I expanded the block with borders and then quilted it.
Another project completed. Now back to my other tow projects.
I decided not to make a wall hanging with my Celtic Zodiac quilt block (salmon) because I didn’t like the size of the block. So I decided to make the block into a pillow. I found a pillow form in the closet and trimmed the block to fit. The pillow was an easy project to complete. So another UFO project is done. I actually made both pillows in one afternoon (Hawaiian appliqué and Celtic Zodiac design). I like to make quilted projects related to some of our travels. I made 2 wall hangings from the Cape Cod trip (lighthouse and sailboat), a Hawaiian appliqué pillow from Hawaii, an elephant from Nepal, NYC skyline using Hoffman digital print, and a Celtic Zodiac block from Ireland. I want to make a wall hanging of the Rialto bridge from our Venice trip. I have an idea for that project but haven’t started it yet. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
The “heat dome” has been sitting over us and is is way TOO HOT to go outside. What to do? QUILT!
I recently replaced my bed frame with a new (and more modern) upholstery headboard and surround. I do love it but felt that I needed a couple of accent pillows to complete the look.
I got on Pinterest and found a modern pillow (http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-pillow-design.html) to use as inspiration for my pillows. Gotta love Pinterest!
My new accent pillows.
I love this linen looking fabric and thought that it worked well with my textured headboard.
In my mind, modern quilting is all about the negative space and
the quilting, so I had some fun with straight line quilting on the linen looking fabric. I like sectioning off areas and then I use various width lines in each section. I think that it has more interest than simple even straight lines. Uneven widths are also more forgiving and that works for me!
I was looking on pinterest one night and found this cute and easy heart pillow. I used linen fabric for the background of the hearts. I practiced a new free motion quilting design – bleeding heart design. My mom was born in February and her favorite flower was the bleeding heart. So this pillow is to honor my mom’s memory. She loved to do crafts after all 5 kids had moved out of the house. She made arrangements with silk flowers, wreaths with flowers and other craft items. She made beautiful bows for her flower arrangements. I know that I didn’t inherit that ability – I can’t even tie a straight bow on my sneakers. Back to the pillow design, I used fusible web to attach the hearts. Then I used the triple stitch on my hearts to “string them together”. I plan to look for a new pillow design next month to celebrate March. Maybe it will be a “pillow of the month” for the rest of the year. Will see how many pillow designs I make this year. I still have a stack of UFO projects to get through. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I made 2 crazy quilt squares using a muslin foundation and lots of decorative stitches. This is a fun project to try out different decorative stitches and variegated threads too – great project for using up strips in your stash. I started with a center shape and then kept adding different shaped fabrics from my stash in a clockwise matter around the center. I made a pillow from the larger piece of the crazy quilt. I used the smaller piece to make a pincushion. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna