Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Pillows Galore

I'm on a pillow making frenzy at the moment.  I can't get enough of the fusible fleece from Julia at Gone to Earth which makes pillow making so easy and the pillows so soft and sleepable-on.  I decided to make my parents a Christmas pillow instead of the usual Christmas card this year.  I used shot cottons on a background of a somewhat busy dotty fabric which I had thought was going to be the most useful dot ever when I bought it but it turned out to be too busy for most jobs.  As a blizzard though, it's just the ticket.  


To get those wavy / snowy quilting lines, I drew straight lines an inch apart with my hera marker.  Then I straight line quilted along those lines at full pelt yanking the pillow back and forth like a cartoon character would drive, more or less aiming for the hera marker line but not worrying too much about it.  I then went back and did the same in between all the lines.  It's a quick way of quilting and my new favourite.

This pillow had my first envelope back.  I overlapped the two halves of the back by 4" and edged the upper edge with some binding.  Much quicker than zips and buttons and it gives a nice finishing detail on the back.  I copied this idea from Katy but don't tell her I said that because she'll get all big headed and pleased with herself.


I have also rashly ordered a FQ bundle of Countdown to Christmas from the Fat Quarter Shop (taking advantage of this week's 25% of everything sale) with the intention of making all my children and my long suffering Welsh husband pillows for Christmas but whether I will pull that off I don't know. Do they really want Christmas pillows anyway or is that just me getting all romantic thinking they'd be thrilled with a homemade gift from me when really they'd prefer something from the Apple store.

26 comments:

  1. Love the tree cushion and the blizzard fabric works really well! How about something from the apple store in a custom made pillowcase?!!!

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  2. Pretty pillow : ) I haven't made pillows in a few years, but I think envelope backs are the only way to do it. I like the way you and others are putting binding on the pillows. If I ever make another, I will do that very thing!

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  3. I really love your tree cushion.

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  4. Those shots are so glimmery! Lovely pillow! I just have to sew the backing onto 2 more then I'm done with my pillow frenzy, too. Head straight to the Apple store for my gift, please.

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  5. Great pillow and I love your quilting. I'll give that a try. Couldn't agree more about the envelope backs :)

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  6. I am swooning. I love everything about that pillow from the blizzard to the wavy quilting lines to the fancy pieced binding. If I were lucky enough to receive such a pillow you can be sure I wouldn't be ripping it apart looking for the aforementioned apple item inside even if it were ringing my favorite tune.

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  7. Hee hee, love the idea of cartoon driving the quilting, it's not a technique I've heard of before, but I'm still new to all this... ;o) It does look fab though.

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  8. I absolutely love countdown to christmas...would make excellent pillows!

    Tough decision pillows vs apple...hmmm

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  9. Love the pillow.

    I've managed to make a gift that my two older sons and husband want, but I made it for my nephew!

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  10. Those aren't pillows....But I do hope you pull it off - I am sure your husband would love it.

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  11. This looks great. I am about to attempt making my first cushion /pillow for a Christmas gift. Did you put binding all around it as well on the overlap?

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  12. Love your cushion, so much better than a card - your quilting is similar to what I often do on borders, looks like fmq without the stress - try not marking and overlapping your lines, promise it will look good.

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  13. I am totally confused between talk of pillows and cushions - why not make them a Christmas pillow case for their bed and stuff them full of gifts!? And packaging to pack it out a bit!!

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  14. Love the pilow - and I'm sure you'll love working with the countdown to Christmas fabric - I've used to make my first ever proper quilt and I am totally in love with it - I particularly like the fabric with all the names of the reindeer - I'm really looking forward to seeing what you create with it!

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  15. Use the FQs instead of wrapping paper and spare yourself the shrugs and tuts and save fusible fleece for another day, or me!!

    Great cushion for the Ma & Pa though x

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  16. Ha, one of mine would prefer both, and one would definitely prefer the Apple store! Lovely pillow :) Beautiful Quilting :) aaah, The Fat Quarter Shop, .... sigh ... wish the postman would arrive at my house quicker!

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  17. I love counbtdown to christmas: and now you have got me thinking as to whether I actually used all mine up or not...? (too cold in the conservatory to go and have a look right now!)
    Love the cusion

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  18. There's nothing like a handmade gift, especially when it comes from the heart. Although, the Apple Store is a close second!

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  19. Beautiful as usual. Love the fabrics and the wavy quilting. Very festively chic.

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  20. Wonderful quilting detail and thank you for sharing how you achieved it! Quite striking:)

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  21. Thank you for your wonderfully amusing yet perfectly useful description of your quilting technique!

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  22. You made me laugh out loud about the pillows vs gifts from the Apple store :)

    Love Countdown to Christmas and your pillow.

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  23. Adore your tree cushion and I used that quilting design on my Across the Seas quilt using the 'yanking' method. I love the clean look of envelope backs and never know why people put themselves through zipper stress!

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  24. That there Xmas Tree pillow is just grand Mrs! Fancy one myself if you feel the urge to make another!!!

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