Thursday, November 29, 2012

Papers and Pillows

It's time to link up your English Paper Piecing finish to the Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop that Katy and Laura put together. It has been two months of inspirational photos, color palettes and block styles. I can hardly wait to see all the finished projects.

Here is the photo {taken in Cartegena, Columbia} that inspired my color palette.
I chose three fabrics from Amy Butler's Cameo line and used Katy's Spring Carnival template set.

This is the backside of my finished English Paper Pieced project ready to be turned into something special. See all those papers around the outside edge...I'll talk about them in a minute.

This was my first ever completed EPP project. I'm still working on my Hexie MF quilt but that won't be finished for a while. I also have a few Rose Stars that I started a while back but have dropped the ball put on the back burner for a while. So let's just say this was a learning project for me.

I decided to make this into a pillow for a friend and got it all stitched to a beautiful piece of Essex linen in the steel color. Then came the decision of how to quilt it. I decided to sew a few circles in each circle created by the pattern. I couldn't figure out why my machine was making a funny noise every once and a while when sewing through the outer edge. After getting about half of the quilting completed I realized I had left those papers in the outside row! So dumb! But, I was too lazy to get out my seam ripper, so those papers are left in. I remember reading one of Jennifer Chiaverini's quilt based novels that had this same topic as a theme in the story. Some day in the very far future someone will find a tattered, old pillow and might ask, "why did the maker of this pillow leave the papers in the outside row?".  Should I put a letter in the pillow explaining why the papers were left in?

I quilted some swirls and loops in the linen and bound it with Running Stitch in teal. Except for the  big oops, I am pretty happy with the way this pillow finished.


Do you think those circles look like alien faces?


I'm linking to the America's linky party at Laura's blog. If you decide to link a project make sure you link to the correct continent!


Voting will begin on December 6, but don't worry, I'll remind you to go vote!

11 comments:

Deb said...

Wow! That turned out beautiful! And your paper mishap... Those are the things that make a project memorable!

Susan Standen said...

Looks absolutely brilliant. I wouldn't worry about the paper in there one little bit,

Nic said...

Looks great

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Thank you for the link up reminder - I'd forgotten to put it in my diary.
It might be mean of me but I love that you sewed in the papers, that's something that I would do. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Patchwork and Play said...

Lovely cushion! Hey, after a few washes no one will be the wiser!

suemac said...

I have downloaded all the templates for Spring Carnival but have not started it yet. I am still learning on 2" hexies.

Leanne said...

Your pillow is beautiful and the quilting works nicely. I am sure the paper will make no difference at all.

Katy Cameron said...

Lol, silly girl! Looks great though :o)

Flying Blind... said...

Gorgeous!

Geri said...

pretty!

SIMPLESEW said...

Your doing great in the Votes. I am #15.... Now I see why, your pieces is beautiful.......