This weekend it felt really, really good to be behind the machine again... finishing things. I LOVE finishing!
I finished this simple squares patchwork pillow, which has been waiting in the wings for weeks. When I made those chair covers, I made one extra patchwork square destined for the couch.
Both of the pillows on this sofa are covering identical down pillow forms. This weekend's pillow is holding it shape nicely, so I thought I'd share my recipe. For this 24" form, I made patchwork that measured 21" square and cut a corduroy Chicopee backing to the same size. I adding batting and quilted both the front and back before assembling, which I think makes a big difference. My other pillow, the hourglass one, has batting/quilting only on the front. The batting seems to cling to the pillow form inside, discouraging slipping and sliding and morphing.
Like I said, this pillow is holding its shape well. My hourglass pillow gets slouchy with any use. It plumps up nicely for visitors, but doesn't hold its shape.
Then I referenced my invisible zipper tutorial to attach closure and finish her up. Can you spot the zipper in this picture?
Mmm... how yummy is a quick project, right? (psst... looking for some summer picture books for older kids? Roxaboxen is a dear old-friend we read every year, and The Voyage of Turtle Rex is a new one with an inspiring sound. Both from the library!)
Enjoyed doodling some dogwood quilting again. I'm telling you... you've got to try it!
Hey, did you hear that Anna Maria Horner is re-running her Garden Party collection? That's what I heard. How wonderful! I've used some much-treasured scraps in this pillow. I'll be excited to dive into it again and for reals, since that collection was released "before my time". Hehe.
I know this is a uck picture, but I had to share... my sewing room was crowded this weekend! These two little sewists had fabric and pins and extra tools cluttering up the table. Felt a bit overwhelming, but was glad to see them enjoying themselves... especially Liam (who has at times stated that sewing is for girls)! And, hey, I still got stuff done.
In fact, I also made this set of star blocks for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches. Wonky stars from triangle scraps... of course!
So, I have a question! Do you see those wrinkly lines inside the center of the smallest star and in the dark purple solid surrounding the purple star? Those show up sometimes when I use starch to press a finished project. I think I'm using too much starch? I don't think I'm dragging the iron to cause stretching, but that's what it looks like, right? Do you think it's the combo of starch and slight dragging? Or just too much starch? Or what?
I really hate it when that happens since there's no going back once the fabric gets stretched (which is what I think that is). I'm pretty sure it's a fault that only a sewist would notice in certain lighting (like this light), so I try not to let it annoy me to pieces. But, all the same, I'd like to avoid it in the future. Does it ever happen to you? What do you think causes it?