Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pillows!

The first thing I wanted to make when my sewjo returned were some pillows.  Mostly I just needed to use up some scraps and long orphaned blocks to help clear out my mental space!  I used scraps from the Beacon Quilt I made earlier this year to make these 18" pillow shams:

18" pillow covers, with in-seam zippers. 

I really wanted to play with the quilting on these since they're so small (compared to the queen sized quilt!).  It was a good way to warm up my mental muscles for quilting too.  The fabrics are all Kona (pesto, silver and turquoise) and I used matching Aurifil threads (#2892, 4093, and 2600).  I love having so many colors of Aurifil I can match to my fabrics without worry!

Pillow quilting details.

Pillow center quilting detail--some point-to-point quilting.

I gifted the pillows to my sister and her husband as a housewarming gift, they moved yesterday!

Coordinating backing fabric from my stash!  Great way to use up a half yard, haha.

The other pillow I finally made was from this orphaned bear paw block from the Bear Claw quilt I made 5 years ago!

Bear claw quilt block (also quilted 5 years ago).

Had I bothered to look at the quilt photos before making the pillow I would have added a brown border so the bear claw points wouldn't get lost in the curve of the pillow.  Oh well!   It's just a little decorative pillow for my brother (the owner of the quilt too), cuz you know how much retired Marines love their decorative pillows.

Pillow back.

5 comments:

  1. The "cuz you know how much retired Marines love their decorative pillows" comment just pushed me over the edge. I'm guessing he'll love it because it's from you. ;) Also, you have perfectly coordinated backing fabrics for both pillows; nicely done!

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  2. He he -- retired Marines and their decorative pillows! I recognized those colors in the first pillows. What a great gift. I'm glad your sew-jo is back too.

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  3. Ha ha! I can imagine how much retired marines love cushions, especially coordinated cushions. I am sure he has some sore muscles than need propping up.
    I like the softened effect of the bear claw points in the cushion's curves. Maybe it is a friendly bear, like Yogi or Boo-boo, who would not have sharp claws.

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  4. Those retired Marines! I'm glad you got your mojo going and as always, your quilting is gorgeous! Pillows are always a nice gift, a great way to use stray block and fabric scraps!

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  5. Hehe. Your comment about retired Marines loving their accent pillows made me chuckle out loud. :D I'm sure he loves your work for him. (I wouldn't have thought about the claws curling around the curve, either.)

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