Friday, December 6, 2013

A Pretty Pillow

As the mother of three boys, I have waited years and years to have a little girl to sew for. I think I even started quilting when I realized that making pretty little girl clothes and accessories was not going to be in the cards for me. So now that I am the grandmother to a wee little girl I am so excited to be able to stitch girly things at last.

The last couple of days I put this together. This is a free pattern and tutorial that I got from the "Don't Look Now" designer's blog. My Viking does not like to free motion quilt for me so I have to get out a big heavy machine when I want to do any small free motion projects (which is why I rarely do these type of things) and in this project the appliqué and quilting is done at the same time. The appliqué is fused down and then just stitched leaving the raw edges. It is a fun technique but I think I will only use it on small projects.

I used this for a pillow but because the edges are bound it could easily be used as a little was hanging if the pillow form was removed. I have not finished a pillow edge this way before but I will certainly be doing it again as I love how the binding looks like piping on the pillow.

Just for fun here is a close up of the stitching.

If I have confused you I will try to explain better in my next post as I did not take helpful pictures along the way but I have another pillow coming up and will try to remember to take photos!

 

14 comments:

Cardygirl said...

Just gorgeous! I have this half done, and I am inspired by your version!

Carla said...

This is so gorgeous! As the mom of five boys, I was sure happy when my girlie came along.

Oops-Lah said...

Oh I love Kellie's designs and you did a excellent job. Lovely fabrics too. I've made up a few of her designs using raw edge applique through all the layers and it's so much fun as well as fast.

Donna~~ said...

Very nice, Heather. It looks like a fun project!

Carrie P. said...

it is a perfect pillow for your little granddaughter.

Rachaeldaisy said...

It so gorgeously girly!! The binding works really well as the edges of the pillow.

Bev said...

Wow, I LOVE your work! Amazing! I was a big fan even before you left such a sweet comment on my blog. I'll pray for you too! XO Bev

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Looooooooooove! How fun is that!

Barb said...

Your pillow is FABULOUS!!

Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful! I'm hoping to follow in your footsteps and have a girl to sew for someday.

And your quilting is perfect! You should see Kellie's raw edge applique up close -- it's amazing. All those rows of stitching right on top of each other -- she must have amazing eyesight LOL.

Barb in Mi said...

Wow, stunning - love it!

Janet said...

Your pillow is gorgeous!! It is fun to sew for girls :0)

A Nudge said...

This is a darling pillow!

Feed Dog said...

Glad to see you've been getting back into the sewing room--and I'm sure finally having a girl to sew for is a big motivator!

I've sewn my last couple pillows for Stitch with a bound edge instead of piping, and I really like how they come out--a little crisper than piping, especially at the corners. And it just occurred to me the other day that binding also makes it easy to change between pillow cover and wallhanging...great minds, right?

BTW, the quilting looks really great! Sod the Viking.