Thursday, March 24, 2011

Patchwork Pillow Parade

Remember the Blogger's Party pillows?


Ever since these pillows were shipped off to the rightful winner I have been under considerable pressure to make some patchwork pillows for my daughter.  Regular reminders and subtle suggestions as to what my next project should be, her need for homemade pillows quickly made its way to the top of the list. Of course.
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I am not complaining though and have used my daughter's request as an opportunity to play around with color and quilting designs.   I've had fun!  Such a simple design with just a select few colors (Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids) can be whipped up in little time.


The quilting itself takes a little longer.  I have cross-hatched the red pillow with straight lines just 1 inch apart creating a grid with tiny squares set on the diagonal.  The lines were marked with a Hera Marker (Clover) prior to pin basting.  The second pillow has been quilted with wavy lines which is a decorative stitch on my sewing machine, no line marking required.


For the back of the pillows I have cut up a duvet cover - my favorite Orla Kiely design - which is the same as my daughters bedding.  I have now "mastered" sewing in a zip, this being my 3rd and 4th zip effort.  The zip is at the center of the back of the pillow and is tucked under the overlap of the pillowcase.  I have  used the button hole edge of the duvet cover to tuck away the zip.  No fabric was wasted to make the back of this pillow!

Let's just say she was a very happy and grateful recipient!

Linking up today with many more Creative Spaces - here.

Rita
with my apologies for massive picture overload!

40 comments:

  1. I am SO jealous of your daughter's new pillows! Those are spectacular!

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  2. Gorgeous! I just love the bright colours and the clean, simple lines! Yum!

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  3. Wow...Wow..!!! I love them!

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  4. Yes, I would think very happy and very grateful!

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  5. the leaf fabric on the back is wonderful, the button hole artifact is charming, and i'm a big fan of the zipper in the middle (ish) approach. i tried erin harris' tutorial a while ago, and now it's my go-to pillow finish.

    do you use bating in your quilted pillow covers?

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  6. They would look fabulous on my couch! Steph??

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  7. very modern .. beautiful colors

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  8. they are really stunning. Im sure she was thrilled!

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  9. wow, your cushions are gorgeous!
    {popped in via kootoyoo}

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  10. love the colours! gorgeous pillows :)))

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  11. Love the colours. Your daughter must be very happy

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  12. wow those are truely beautiful and great fabric and colour choice, no wonder she loved them ;-) dee

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  13. These are really lovely Rit. Great job.

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  14. Personally, I love all the photos. It's as fun to play with the photos as it is to make the projects! I love the way the simple design and the quilting play so nicely. It's a great look.

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  15. I just love these pillows - I have been having fun with making pillows this past year - so satisfying!

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  16. Rita: So simple amd simply stunning!

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  17. These are so great, I can see why they quickly moved up to the top of the list!

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  18. NO apologies needed....these are just stunning!!!!

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  19. So colorful and bright! Your daughter must be very happy having those in her room.

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  20. I love the pictures! and the pillows thanks for sharing,Amy

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  21. WONDERFUL---How about whipping up a pattern for these pillows for purchase in your etsy store??? I have lots of wonderful deco wt fabrics waiting to be made into pillows, but I would like to know how to make them look as professional as yours!!

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  22. They look great. And, I am as relieved as everyone else that no Orla Kiely fabric was wasted ;). I love her stuff!

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  23. That Orla Kiely fabric is so cool! I haven't mentioned this before but every time I see fabric stacked on that cool worn little chair, it just makes me happy.The contrast between the modern and vintage is wonderful!

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  24. gorgeous cushions..very professional and stylish!

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  25. Brilliant, they look perfect. x

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  26. Love these! They're so colourful and clean looking

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  27. Very stylish! Could you please let me know what stitch that was on your machine? I have a 430, but maybe it is on both machines? Thanks for your help!

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  28. wish I could get my hands on some Orla Keily fabric. I love the petal design in grey.

    Lovely pillows! ENVY!!!

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  29. Your daughter is so lucky! I love the pillows!!

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  30. Very funky colors! They are great!!

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  31. Found you from Sew this is My Life. Love all of those pillows!!

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  32. so lovely!
    josef albers colour studies done in pillows! genius ^_^

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