Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pillow Talk Swap

I have been stalking this Flickr group for sometime now. Each time a new round would come up I would ponder if I should join because there is some serious talent in this group and I was feeling like I might be getting in over my head. But I finally caved in and added my name to the pool for round 9.

I am so glad I have joined this group. It has challenged me and caused me to step a bit outside my comfort zone. I am not good at putting fabrics together and so I usually stick with one line of fabric. But between this swap and the Mouthy Stitches swap I think I have conquered some of my fears.

So may I present to you my intersecting stars pillow for my partner. This is a blind swap so she does not know this is for her and I do not know who has my name either. The mailing deadline in November 15. Let the stalking begin of the postman. Several members have already received their pillows. This one is going in the mail tomorrow.

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These are 2" finished squares. I used Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial as a guide for laying out the squares, pulling fabrics in red, yellow, orange, grey and teal and using Sketch in white and black as the background. I love the texture the Sketch gives the pillow.

When I was at Sewing Summit, both Lulu {check out her gorgeous scrap vomit quilt here} and Cindy {she used this method to make this bag} told me they had recently used another of Elizabeth's tutorials for getting perfect points and alignment when sewing with small squares. It involves drawing a grid on muslin and then fusing the squares to a lightweight interfacing and then sewing a 1/4" seam using the grid lines as a guide. 

This worked so well I might make another quilt with small squares just so I can use this method again.

I quilted the front of the pillow using fusible fleece and echo quilting with straight lines on each side of the seams both vertically and horizontally.

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The back of the pillow has a hidden zipper that is not very hidden {oops} and I also added a strip of the fabrics pieced together and one single signature star. I think I will sign the star so my partner will know when and from whom she received this pillow. It is bound with Red Dottie by Moda.

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I quilted the back side using wavy lines in different sizes and directions. This pillow is sturdy and feels like upholstery weight because of all the batting and quilting. A 20" pillow form fills it out to be nice and plump.

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Now, all I need to do is sign it, add a few extra surprises and ship it off.

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I hope you like it, partner.


suemac said...

Nice. Love the intersecting stars.

Susan Snooks said...

I was admiring this beauty on Flick'r! The stars simply sparkle on the background! BTW how do you get that stamp/water mark on your photos?☺

Cindy said...

I love it! I'm sure shell be so excited to receive it. Glad the interfacing worked.

LuLu said...

Diane, it turned out so amazing! I love all of the fabrics you chose. The one in the center really grabs your attention. And I totally like the visible zipper! It looks deliberate and cool. I never even thought about using that method for Sparkle Punch. I guess I'm going to have to try it now! :-)

Lindsay Conner said...

This was my first round, too! I love your pillow...well done!

Catherine said...

What a fantastic cushion, your partner will be thrilled and the red around the outside finishes it off perfectly

Catherine said...

What a fantastic cushion, your partner will be thrilled and the red around the outside finishes it off perfectly

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

It turned out beautifully x

Annabella said...

I truly heart this cushion Di - it's perfect in every way. I hope you receive a beautiful cushion in return. I really want to use some of that coloured sketch for my hexies - do you know of anywhere that still stocks it?

Carmen said...

I've been stalking the group to and am hesitant to join because of the awesome work the members do! Your pillow is so lovely... your partner is a lucky person!