Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Say it with Flowers! {and cozy up with a pillow}

Hello everybody!
Welcome to my stop on the Say it with Flowers! blog hop with Mdm Samm @ Sew Quilt, with Carol of Just Let Me Quilt as cheerleader!  thank you ladies for another fun blog hop!

I made a new pillow, yay!  {the kids have been fighting over the Sashiko pillow I made.  3 kids : 1 pillow isn't a good ratio.  We are up to 3 : 2 now, getting better, *grin*} 

flower pillow

My project was inspired by Lucy @ Charm About You, who was inspired by a tutorial on Chasing Cottons.  Don't you just love the sharing of great ideas and beautiful work in blogland?  :)

pillow back

This is my pillow back, I just made a simple envelope closure.  All the fabrics except the white background are DS for Joans.  That white has been in my stash for years.  {Years and Years and Years, people.  It is definitely time to put it to use}  :)

red & white flower

the flowers are all raw edge fusible appliqued on.  This red & white flower was stitched on mostly using my walking foot.  It didn't take long for me to remember how much I dislike machine applique {funny how Lucy's cute flowers made me completely forget that!} and I decided to stitch the rest of them with the FMQ foot during quilting.  The leaf on the left was FMQed, the leaf on the right walking foot stitched, just for comparison.  I definitely like the look of the walking foot leaf better, but it was driving me nuts.

Dark blue flower

light blue flower

In this picture you can sort of see the print on the white fabric.  Not quite flowers, not quite bubbles, but I think it works :)

Mr. Bear snuggling up with the new pillow

I don't have a pillow form yet, so it is still looking a bit flat :) 
Here is the pillow posing next to a handsome bear to help show size.  Not one of my better ideas, since this only helps if you know how big the bear is!  Oh well, the pillow is about 10 inches square :)

Here is the rest of today's schedule, I'll be taking my coffee with me around to see all the pretty flowers! :)

May 30th
Dreaming In Patchwork  < That's Me!

60 comments:

sew.darn.quilt said...

This is very cute. Your quilting is lovely :)

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely job! Thanks for sharing.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Cute pillow! Really cute! Thanks for sharing.

Patty C. said...

Just darling :)

Corina said...

Nice pillow

Judy B said...

Lovely pillow! Thank you for sharing.

feltfree på Åsly said...

What a nice pillow. Great job. Thanks for sharing.
Frederika

jatajomi said...

Nice pillow,
greatings from Germany !

Jeanneke said...

Plain and very very pretty!!
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers,

Jeanneke.

Theresa said...

Sweet pillow, love your fabric choices. They give it a wonderful vintage feel.

Lavonna ZWB said...

So very pretty. Thank you for sharing with us.

Gill said...

Fabulous cushion! I love raw edge applique.
Thank you for sharing

Britt-Inger said...

Your pillow is so cute. Thanks for sharing your creativity. And your way to give the size of the pillow made a smile on my lips. Thank you for sharing your creativity

Thearica said...

Love the pillow... I went over to see the origami pillow and was so glad that I did! It is fantastic!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

What a sweet pillow! I really love the simplicity of the flowers.

Melody said...

Very cute pillow

Cathy said...

This is just the best post! Love that you documented your machine applique experiences, this made your post extra fun. Great pictures too.

cOto.patchwork said...

Your magic flowers are beautiful! I love them!

InGa said...

Very cute pillow, and the guardian.

Vickie said...

I think your FMQ looks great on that cute pillow. Great job Allison !

krislovesfabric said...

Yum, I really like this...fantastic color choices :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very pretty little pillow

Madame Samm said...

really lovely Allison...if you would like for us to add them to our pinterest board let me know if you have one so I can capture your images...I could not pin these....and they are lovely

JanesQuilting said...

Your pillow is sooo cute.

Patty said...

Nice pillow. I like the flowers on the pillow.

Linda J said...

Very cute pillow! I used to hate applique so maybe you will eventually come around? It only took me about 15 years to say that though, LOL.

You need to make one more for that 3rd kiddo!

THX for sharing with us today.

Carol said...

Your pillow is beautiful with all your quilting...I would love to see who wins the 3:2 ratio pillow fight. You better get busy with making another one! The Sashiko one was gorgeous...I'd love to make one like that. Thanks for hopping with us. :O)

Stitches said...

Love your projects,,, very nice..

jan said...

Love the lollipop flowers - too cute!

patchouli moon studio said...

Wonderful pillow.

Jeanie said...

Love the simplicity of the flowers...makes them stand out! Great job!

Kathy H said...

Very cute pillow and I like the quilting you used too.

Grethe said...

Lovely Teddy on a lovely pillow, beautiful flowers :-)

apple blossom said...

I like your pillow nice job.

Pauline said...

You made an adorable pillow! Thanks for sharing!

Jenny Squawk said...

Love your pillow. Will the edges fray over time/washings? I never went that raw without major off the edge stitching. I love the fray of raw edge but I don't do it regularly.

Debby said...

Very cute pillow! Raw edge fusible applique is the ONLY way to go in my book. Thanks for sharing your work today.

Rose Best said...

Yes everything is better with Flowers

Joke said...

Very nice pillow and these bubbles sure are flowers!

Linda said...

Your bound to have sweet dreams on a sweet pillow like that! Great job!

vicki said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects. vickise at gmail dot com

Ella and Nesta said...

I love your cushion, the colours are beautiful too! I'd like to try making one myself.

Mary said...

Great job. Love the pillow.

Cathi said...

Very cute pillow - and adorable with a teddy bear beside it!

Just Quilt It said...

Very cute. I love this pattern. My last hop project appliqued as you quilted and I thought it was very effective. Lovely work.

CharlotteT said...

Your project was very nice. Thanks for participating.

sandra said...

Yes I do love the fact that people are so wonderful about sharing their work. Your pillow is very cute and your quilting lovely..

maggie said...

Love your pillow! Great job! The flowers are wonderful.
cheers
maggie
maggiemine42@gmail.com

CeLynn said...

Love your mini pillow,and your quilting too!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Great pillow! Love the flowers!

lefuntz said...

I think the FMQ on the applique looks fine! Maybe you should make 3 pillows all the same to avoid those fights. Jus sayin'.

LJ said...

Very cute and I like the conceptual look of the flowers. Yep, one more pillow to make the kiddos smile!

Lou said...

Sweet pillow:)

Celtic Thistle said...

I love your pillow. You see it was worth holding on to that white fabric for so long, just so that you could make this pillow :)

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Super cute..who would have thoght a couple circles would make such a cute flower! Thanks for sharing your project and your experience of walking foot vs FMQ foot. I love learning new things.

Janine said...

Your pillow is gorgeous!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

very cute pillowcase, grreat idea!

evelyn said...

Cute pillow. I never thought of using my walking foot to applique.

Flávia e Cristiana said...

Lindo trabalho! Adorei.

Ajka said...

This is wonderful! Everything is beautiful, you are clever. I like to look again :-)

Ajka