Monday, November 30, 2009

Gift Idea: Quilted Pillow

Quilted pillows are such a GREAT gift! They can be so quick and simple to make, depending on the amount of piecing. Here is a quickie that I put together for the Pillow Talk {Swap} that is taking place on flickr....

For this pillow, I used varied-width strips of fabric (different prints) and cut them all to 5 inches in length. When I stitched them side-by-side, it made a simple patchwork strip that off-set the pillow front. I then quilted the front piece to a piece of batting, using dark chocolate brown thread in the shape of wood grain...super simple and I was able to use my regular piecing foot instead of a darning foot on the machine.

I then added a little deer silhouette and used my darning foot to applique it to the pillow top. The back of the pillow is a simple envelope closure. I was a little worried that it didn't overlap enough to hold in a thick pillow form, so I added some ties to the back, just-in-case. The sleeve fits an 18" x 18" pillow form, found at your local craft store.

I'm planning some more pillows for Christmas gifts...I'm thinking a "string quilt" pattern will look really nice! More to come!.......happy sewing!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pre-Holiday SPECIAL at Pocketful of Pinwheels

A little savings for your pocket from Pocketful of Pinwheels....

Get two fat quarters for $18....Offer good on special order and in-stock fabrics purchased this week only!

Head on over to the SHOP for some original fabric love! Makes a very special gift for the sewist/quilter in your life :)

Mention "FATQSPECIAL" in the notes to seller during checkout for a partial refund of the sale difference to your Paypal account. *or, feel free to convo me for a custom listing.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Fall Fall!

It's a pretty awesome time here in Indiana......aside from the 70-degrees-one-day and 40 degree dip the next, lots of awesome happenin's this fall.

First, I'd like to welcome my new baby nephew, Logan Bruce...weighing in at 10 lbs. 7 oz.!!! He was born yesterday morning and mommy and baby are happy and healthy!

Titus' birthday was a blast (of cold air!) We had a fun party at the park with friends and family as he turned the big TWO...

And feeling breezy here in Indiana gave me the nudge to create a fall-inspired fabric, called "Jeremy Raccoon"...available in two colorways and for sale in the shop!

I'm loaded with projects and gifts to make in time for Christmas, so I'm keeping it short and sweet! Enjoy the fresh chill in the air....unless you're one of my coastal pals who is still livin' it up in shorts weather ;) xoxo