Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Snip Snip.

Ever since the day inspiration struck, I've had it on my mind to try my hand at values.  I thought I might make a twin bed quilt for Liam in this style, but I'm glad I tried it small-scale first.  Not that I'm dissatisfied, just that a pillow really did meet my "need".  Pillow covers are so good like that.  And, hey, they don't need binding!

Snip Snip Values Pillow

Oh, guess, what?  This time I put in the invisible zipper without even glancing at directions.  I know.... isn't that positively shocking.  This was my 3rd invisible zipper into a pillow and it went in without a single naughty stitch.  I told Brandon I should apparently write tutorials for all the techniques that scare me - cause you can't help but learn if you teach!  Oh, is that backwards?  blush.

pillows: so easy, so fun!

And this baby did use nearly all of my medium-sized scraps.  Woohoo!  After piecing together the values pattern I found it was a hair short for my pillow form.  I dug out this Wonderland Snip Snip in Chai that I stashed ages ago to frame the front and back the pillow as well.  And, maybe I'm a dork, but I felt that the scissors couldn't be more perfect for this scrappy, quilty, kind of fussy design.  It suits.

and the back

My bonafide quilt-hating (otherwise awesome) husband likes the back better.  He thinks that bugs me, but I really like the back too. 

In case you want to know, this pillow cover finished at about 18.5".  I started with 3" squares and then paired dark and light values to make value-oriented half square triangles.  The center of my values design is offset at the top right, as is the Snip Snip frame (it's thicker at the top and left side and thinner at the bottom and right side).  You can learn more about making a values quilt and see some examples at my original "Inspiration" post

Well, hope you like it friends!  I've got lots more to show you this week.  Is tomorrow really Wednesday already? Yikes!

18 comments:

  1. It's lovely! Isn't it the darnedest thing that something we think is difficult becomes sooo much easier with practice, lol? Can't wait to see what else you've done :)

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  2. It's awesome Rachel! You now are the owner of my two most favorite pillows ever. =)

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  3. Beautiful!!! I must say my husband is also on the fence when it comes to quilts-sometimes I swear it is just to ruffle my feathers!

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  4. So gorgeous, Rachel. You inspired me today...can't wait to see whatcelse you have up your sleeve thus week!

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  5. I love, love, love your pillow!! Great fabrics and contrast. Fabulous.

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  6. What a great pillow - front and back!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  7. Really enjoying your blog!! Makes me happy to look at it! :)

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  8. You are right about tutotials! I learn so much when i prepare to teach. Have to! :-)

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  9. Oh my goodness!! I really have to do this pattern. You've made it gorgeous! The colors are perfect.

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  10. Mary Claire - Ok, girl, you gotta be making yourself some pillow covers now. They are so fun and easy. Hey, I saw your mosaic for UHG3. Wish I was to be your partner! I'm not playing along cause one swap at a time is enough for me. Have fun though!

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  11. I love that pillow. I sure wish I had gotten some of that fabric!

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  12. It's a very cute pillow. Great jobm and I do love the scissor fabric.

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  13. that pillow is great! I love that scissor fabric, I found it at my LQS this weekend and almost picked it up...seeing how great it is sewn into project, I think I need to pick some up on my next trip!

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  14. What a fun pillow! That snip snip is the perfect back side...

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  15. The pillow is very cool but every time you show us the Colorbrick quilt I just turn to mush. I have got to make one of my own with my AMH stash!

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  16. I love that, Susan! And, gosh, I just keep showing it. Sorry! It's my favorite thing.

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  17. Beautiful work! I love how vivid the colors are, and what a great way to use up scraps. Very, very pretty.

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  18. I love how you reference this pillow as simply "snip snip" in other posts. His name is simply snip snip... fabulous :)

    ...reminds me of how I used to name my stuffed animals and blankets when I was kid... ok I still name my stuffed animals, lets be honest. "Sharky", "mr. Monday"... snip snip... :)

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