Thursday, January 31, 2013

an Hourglass Puzzle

Hurray for not making plans

It's been perfectly delightful to discover the design along the way.  When I was ready to make it happen, I cut a stripey square that would become my pillow back, laid it over the pillow form and laid out the hourglass blocks in a pleasing arrangement.  Thanks to Muriel's comment I'd settled on piecing the pillow front log cabin style.

Hourglass puzzle

Starting with the biggest hourglass block as my center, I added stripey hourglass logs willy nilly - just whichever side of the work would be easiest to build on to next.  And, behold!

love!

Hey, I even managed to match some of the stripes!  This Lecien Inkwell print makes for a very busy background, I know.  But.... I dig it.  Lately I love black and white with everything.

stripey

And, I think it adds a nice pzazz to my couch!  We have colorful fabric panels hanging in this room that house a collection of black and white photographs,  each framed with simple white matting and black frames.  The new pillow actually ties things together nicely.

 my stitchy corner

More importantly, it provide totally essential back support for stitching and reading pour moi!

back support!

Although I forgot at first, I went back and dis-assembled the pillow cover to add batting and quilting to the pillow front.  Gives it some apparently necessary stability.  I finally had a chance to do straight-line quilting emerging in angles from the patchwork design.  Fun!

quilted Hourglass pillow

Well, wish I could say I was going to go spend some quality time my new pillow... but actually I'm in a cleaning mood and am off to mop all the floors in the house.  Hey, this kind of mood doesn't happen often so best take advantage of it when I can!  See ya later & thanks for stopping by!!

25 comments:

  1. gorgeous!!! I so love that striped fabric with your hourglass blocks. You totally nailed it. Love, love, love!!!

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  2. It's busy but I love it too ! I love a touch of black and white with bright colors !

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  3. I know this is random, but I love your pin cushion. Is there a pattern or a name I could search for a pattern. I just love it and have been looking for it.

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    1. You can find the pattern in Anna Maria Horner's 1st book Seams To Me. And you can find a post on how to make it easier to sew on the blog, Texas Freckles. I have no idea how I know this information but somehow I do. :-).

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  4. Fancy pillow! You wouldn't now that it was made from scraps. Feels good to make something nice out of scraps, don't you think?
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  5. Oh, this is a WONDERFUL pillow. I'm a big fan of the b/w stripe you used...it really sets off the hourglass blocks.

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  6. Okay I really thought it might be too busy until I saw the finished product...I love it! Somehow, it works and now I want one for my couch.

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  7. I don't think that it is busy, I think it is bold. It made my eye follow the hourglass blocks around and made the colors pop. It is beautiful!!!

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  8. I really like how you were able to use all the squares of diffrent sizes. At first and thought you and appliquéd them on the background. Neat job!

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  9. I love how this looks, I am in the process of making a bunch of pillows for my couches and this is quite inspirational.

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  10. Thanks, all! It was good to challenge myself.

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  11. It is amazing. Wow. Not having a plan turned into genius!

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  12. I LOVE your pincushion/caddy, does it have a name? is the pattern available for purchase somewhere! You are very talented, I love eyeing your creations :)
    Warm greetings from Mexico

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  13. It turned out well! I really like that stripe as a background, and spacing the hourglasses is perfect.

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  14. Very cool! Fascinated by the log cabin type piecing with all the different size blocks - great idea!

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  15. Love the pillow and the background is so bold!
    I sure would like to get bit by the cleaning bug ~ my house really needs it!

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  16. Love it! The "busy" background is perfect!

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  17. You're so creative, I love it. The pillow turned out beautifully and hurray for the motivation to clean!

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  18. Very cool! The colours on the stripe are so fun.

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  19. How cool is this cushion?! Love it!

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  20. Oh, I love this! I've been really feeling the desire to make things for our home lately. This makes me think it would totally be worth it. :)

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