OK, I have been a procrastinator this last year. Trying to get my hands around all of the changes that have come my way, I think that I have started so many projects that are now setting here incomplete. I decided that it is time to start finishing up some of them. And I’m doing it before having to make a New Year’s resolution too! LOL!
I am still working on finishing just a couple of Christmas presents, but I threw in another project that I should have completed a long time ago……..
I started these wildlife pillows for one of my sons. They were actually panels that I backed and machine quilted.
I have had them in my fabric stash for a long time, I think that they may actually be considered vintage (lol!). So I cut off the border, selected two of them, and proceeded to quilt them. Since I had them so long I couldn’t match the fabric for the backing, and just plain brown didn’t seem right to me. I finally came across a brown print this last year, that had most of the colors I was looking for.
I added a piece of the border that I had removed from the front, and just made an envelope back closing.
Since his living room is in browns, and he is an avid outdoorsman, I think that these will work great!
Now that the weather here is looking like summer, I decided to start getting the front porch and back deck into habitable shape! lol! I have had a design for a simple, fun pillow in my head for some time and decided that it would be just the thing to start to brighten things up out there!
I love blue pillow ticking and red cotton fabric together, and I thought that the combination would be perfect to make a pillow for my adirondack chair. I chose some fabrics from my stash, that have been calling out to me for some time, and chose to just do a simple piecing so that they also stand out on their own.
I know that at least one of these fabrics has been in my stash for almost 30 years! I keep my fabrics stored away from light, so they have been strong enough that I have been able to keep using them.
I had some heavy weight pillow ticking left over from some other projects I had done, so I got that out, and here you are!
I barely had enough ticking left to do this pillow, so I did some creative thinking to be able to complete the back. I really love how it turned out. In fact, I love this pillow so much, I decided to make one for my shop.
The difference here is that I used a lighter weight pillow ticking, and made the pillow just slightly larger. This gave it a little softer look and feel, than the one I made for myself.
I love the red with the blue ticking, it says summer!
I have to admit that it has been hard for me to get back into my sewing. It’s not that I don’t want to sew, I have so many thing that I would like to make, that I have trouble deciding where to start! lol!
So this week I started, very slowly, to get some things together to get me moving in the right direction. Here is where I ended up this weekend…
I have been trying to complete some of the unfinished projects setting on my sewing table. I started by finishing these pillow covers for one of my sons…..
I took four small printed panels and attached them together with a strip of fabric between them.
I then backed them with batting, and a piece of muslin, and machine quilted around the edges, and around the printed circle. There were a total of eight panels, so I made two of them. My son is an outdoorsman, so he was pretty excited (OK maybe excited is a little strong!) pleased to get these pillow covers. I just did an overlapped opening on the back side to slip in the pillow form in.
I also did another patchwork pillow…
You might recognize the fabrics. I used them to make this pillow….
This pillow I hand quilted lines down and across each of the blocks. I absolutely love the colors in these fabrics!
The pillow that I just completed, I machine sewed around each of the blocks.
I also did an overlapped backing that I could just insert a pillow form in on this one as well…
The brown and blues are so vibrant in this fabric! Now I have to decide if I can let it go, and list it in my Etsy shop!
Just a few more unfinished projects to go! Take care, and thanks so much for stopping by!
I’ve not been ignoring everyone, I’ve been gone…again! I just returned yesterday from a few days in Washington. We spent some more time searching the areas we are thinking about moving to. So I had a chance to spend a few days with my son, visit a little with my sister and her family, and spend some time in some real fall weather! Yes it rained some when we were there, but I got to actually experience some fall!! Yes, leaves and all!
Now these pictures were through the windshield of the car, and there are a few reflections, but we had so much area to cover, and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to catch the changing leaves.
This area is just beautiful! It is between Woodland and Battle Ground Washington. It was a nice break, since it was 97 degrees when we landed in Phoenix on Saturday! When will summer end?!
Anyhow, before I left I did get some sewing done…
This is a fleece bunny that a co-worker commissioned me to make for her to give at a baby shower she is going to. And I made this…
I have had this in mind for awhile. This is a part of a burlap coffee bag that I cut a portion of the front print out, and sewed some borders out of cotton pillow ticking. I backed the burlap with some unbleached muslin, and then did an overlock stitch on all of the inner seams to keep the burlap from raveling. This is going into my online shops at Etsy and Artfire. I think that is came out pretty good, and I will be doing a little more exploring ways to use the burlap coffee sacks.
I just received my package from a swap that I am doing, but I will show that to you when I get my package out. I’m currently working on that, and it’s coming out great! I’m so excited about it!
And today, I also did machine quilting and added the binding to this…
It’s been setting on my sewing table waiting to be quilted. I still need to hand sew the binding on the back, but it’s waiting by the sofa for me, ready to go!
I hope to be able to start catching up on my projects waiting for completion. I have several small quilts waiting to be quilted, and several projects for my Etsy and Artfire shops that need attention. No more trips are planned until spring, so….
Thanks so much for stopping by. I promise that I will be here a little more often, and stopping by to see all of you as well! I miss reading all my blogs that I follow! Take care, and have a wonderful Monday!
When I was up in BC, my mother gave me these pillow covers she had made. They are actually panels that she layered with batting and a backing and then machine quilted around the lines. I thought that this would be a great idea to mention here, because as the holidays get closer, we have a little less time to put together something that makes a nice, and also quick, gift idea.
The back is made by taking two pieces of fabric that you fold over the raw edge twice, about 1/4″ each fold, and sew along the edge. Overlap the hemmed edges a few inches, and lay them right side down facing the right side of what will be the front of the pillow. Sew around the outside edges. Turn right side out.
This is what the back will look like when assembled. Insert a pillow form through the opening.
Panels like this bear,
Or these birds (excuse the wrinkles, I took these out to send up to mom) will make great pillows for men who enjoy the outdoors, for someone that has a home decorated in an outdoor motif or a vacation home. Use the decorative edge to add some interest to the back of the pillow cover.
Time to get my machine going, I need to start some gifts myself! Thanks for stopping by!