Pillow Finishes

With so many unfinished quilt projects on the go, I am trying very hard (although I haven’t been completely successful!) to resist the urge to start any new large scale projects.

Lately, other than making the odd quilt block here and there, I have been finding it increasingly difficult to acquire a large enough chunk of sewing time to make decent progress on any one particular project. (Plus I seem to be attention-deficit when it comes to staying focused on only one project at a time!)

Making pillows seems like the perfect solution to me. I can try new techniques and get the satisfaction of a reasonably quick finish!

I wrote about my paper pieced economy blocks in a previous post.

As most of my Amy Butler fabric scraps have now been used and I didn’t want this to end up as another UFO, I decided to turn these nine blocks into a pillow.

Amy Butler pillow 2I added a narrow outer border which allowed me to maintain the block points when constructing the pillow (sorry I didn’t take a photo of this step) and then quilted diagonal lines on either side of the seams.

Amy Butler pillow 1I used Amy Butler Deco Rose – from her Daisy Chain collection – for the envelope back of this 18″ pillow.

Amy Butler pillow 3This pillow will be going to a very special someone…

My second pillow finish involves my much cherished Carolyn Friedlander Doe fabric.

I don’t consider myself a fabric hoarder. After all, isn’t fabric purchased to be cut up and used? However, this beautiful Doe fabric has been sitting unused in a drawer – occasionally looked at and stroked 😉 – waiting for the right project to come along…

Anyway, I recently borrowed this great book – Modern Log Cabin Quilting – from my local library. I don’t own a lot of quilting books but am really tempted to order and purchase a copy of this one for myself.

Doe Pillow11I was greatly inspired by this book and decided to make myself a giant log cabin block. (I have actually started a second project from this book but will write about that at a later date.)

I allowed myself to cut just one 2 inch by WOF strip from each of my ten Doe fabrics and began the log cabin process.

Doe Pillow7There was very little wastage from this project and I used all but a few bits from my strips. I later used these leftover scraps in my pillow backing.

I was very tempted to continue with this giant log cabin block – measuring 24 inches square – and make it quilt sized. However, I ultimately decided to stop at this size, quilt it and turn it into a 23 inch square pillow.

Doe Pillow9I used polyester/wool blend batting which gave the pillow top a nice puffiness after quilting (in the ditch),

Doe Pillow8and found some well-matched cotton duck fabric (interspersed with my leftover Doe scraps) to use for the envelope back of the pillow.Doe Pillow10Now I can see and admire this lovely fabric on my bed every day!

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Now a question for you:

Do you consider yourself a fabric hoarder? Have you got any fabrics at home that you consider too precious to cut up? Or are you simply waiting for the right project to come along? I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a comment.

Deb 🙂

Linking up to Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts, Design Board Monday @ Bits ‘n Bobs, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation and TGIFF @ Quilt Matters

Final Finish for 2015!

I am so happy to be able to show you my finished Aviatrix Medallion Quilt top!

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This is my December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (link up #47) and also one of my goals for Quarter 4 of the 2015 Finish-Along.

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The Aviatrix Medallion is one of many wonderful quilt patterns by the very talented Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson.

I’m thrilled with how this quilt top has turned out and I’ve really enjoyed working with beautiful fabrics including Joel Dewberry Bungalow and Carolyn Friedlander Doe.

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The final “butterfly” block border was perhaps my favourite border although I also enjoyed making the mini log cabins.

This quilt top is a big one and finishes at 80 inches square! I’m still not sure how I’m going to quilt it or if I’ll even be able to fit it through my old Janome’s tiny throat space! But I’ll work that one out next year…

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With only four more sleeps until Santa arrives here in Australia, my sewing machine has been packed away until next year. I didn’t achieve all of my goals for this quarter but that’s ok 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog and I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead in 2016!

Deb x

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My New Medallion

Last year, I attended my first ever quilting class at my favourite local fabric store Frangipani Fabrics.

My teacher was Jess Frost. Jess is an amazing local quilter and teacher and has become a good friend of mine.  If you haven’t visited Jess’s blog The Elven Garden, you really should take a look!

It was at this class last year that I started my Marcelle Medallion Quilt which was eventually finished in May this year. You can read more about it here.

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I had no hesitation in signing up for another class with Jess this year – this time to make Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion Quilt.

For this quilt, I’ve decided to use a Joel Dewberry Bungalow fat quarter bundle that I purchased on ebay earlier this year.

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This is the first fat quarter bundle I have ever owned and I was hesitant to use it. It’s just SOO pretty…

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Anyway, I started on my medallion centre this week.

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This stage involves using a template to cut out 40 coloured diamonds and 32 white “block accent” diamonds and arranging them like so.

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I have had some great practise matching my points and I am thrilled with how it is looking so far.

For the background, I have decided to use some Carolyn Friedlander Doe fabric, which after an excruciatingly long wait, has finally arrived in Tasmania.

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I am looking forward to my next class this weekend where we will piece together the centre diamonds with the background fabric and hopefully start on our first border.

Stay tuned for further progress…

Deb 😉