Pillow Palooza

I had a nearly uninterrupted day in the studio today.  Yahoo!  I finished everything on my quilty goal list for the day and more.

First, I finished the last few rows of this client quilt.  She is adding her appliqué after the quilting.  I’m very curious to find out how that process works.  I did free motion leaves and curls that I designed myself.

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Next up was an order from my friend Jen.  This one has taken way too long.  She wanted some black and white cat pillows.  She particularly liked a photo of an Elizabeth Hartman quilt.  I went a little overboard, ordering several yards of black on black prints for texture.  I ordered “The Cats”, but it wasn’t until I had already cut the first block out that I realized how small the blocks were.  I had to redraft the pattern to make a 16″ pillow.  Quilt math is challenging.

I made my test block out of solid black, and it worked perfectly.  I then made a second cat with the prints I had purchased.  I showed Jen, and to my surprise she preferred the solid black.  So, a third block was made.  I can always use the extra later, right?

The blocks went together correctly, and then I realized I didn’t have a good backing.  Back to shop some more.  I really liked this print from Spoonflower, but it wasn’t until I was assembling the pillows that I realized it wasn’t black, but dark gray.  Spoonflower prints are not a true black, even when they are supposed to be.  Jen preferred this Swiss dot,  so all worked out well.  I even used the extra block I cut out to make a mini pillow.  I will be putting some catnip in before shipping, to make sure the real cats like it.

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Next, that extra cat block became a pillow, too.  It is available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Since I had prepared extra backing from the less desirable fabric, I decided to make another pillow.  This wolf has been hanging around the studio long enough. He is from a pattern by Unicorn Harts.  I love him, but I need my design wall back.  I ran some wobbly lines of quilting vertically across the whole piece for a quick, modern finish.  He’s for sale on Etsy, too. 

Since I had prepared extra backing from the less desirable fabric, I decided to make another pillow.  This wolf has been hanging around the studio long enough. He is from a pattern by Unicorn Harts.  I love him, but I need my design wall back.  I ran some wobbly lines of quilting vertically across the whole piece for a quick, modern finish.  He’s for sale on Etsy, too.

IMG_4590I had one more panel of backing fabric prepared, so I made up a quick flamingo pillow.  I quilted a feathered wreath on it, of course, but it is really lost on this print. Lesson learned:  save your fancy quilting for where it will show.

 

 

One thought on “Pillow Palooza

  1. Looks like a fun day of finishes. All the pillows are really fun and look great. Always good to clear off the design wall, ready for the next project!

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