My sewing room has been busy the past few days. I made a pillow for my lovely little guild's pillow swap next month but when my daughter saw it, she begged me to give it to her and make something else for the swap. What's a mother to do? Now I need to find something else to make for the swap.
The pattern for this pillow is from Corey Yoder's book "Playful Petals" and is called "Tossed Petals Pillow" I used some scraps of Tula Pink's "Eden" to make the petals. I applied the petals with fusible web and then raw edge appliqued them to the background. I used Carolyn Friedlander's Scribble Notes in Charcoal from her Architextures line. This text print is at the top of my faves list. I improvechoed (my term) in freemotion in the text print area and ghostquilted petals surrounded by pebbling in the corner squares.
Then to finish, I did some quilting around the large circular flowers in the border area and finally, added a topstitch around the outer edge
As I mentioned in my last post, I bought some 12# Aurifil thread from Karen Neary while I visited her booth at the |Zonta Bazaar in Amherst. After seeing the good results she had here, I decided I would try it. Oh my, yes, Karen was right! It is just gorgeous to work with and the result is amazing. I used the needle she suggested, 50# Aurifil in the bobbin, didn't adjust my tension at all and I ended up with a wonderful hand stitched look. The stitch I chose is #59 on my Pfaff QE 4.0. Not one broken thread and everything went smoothly, which is what we want to happen. I recommend this thread. I love the look! ( I contacted Karen and she has been super busy with workshops and trunk shows and just hasn't had time to put the 12# on her website for sale yet. If you are interested in buying some, just send her an email, which you can find on her website)
for the back, I pieced together a few larger chunks I had leftover from My Tula Pink quilt.
I started the machine quilting on my quilt using Tula Pink "Eden" fabrics, that I am calling "Breaking Away". For this quilt, I am using Wonderfil "Tutti" 50# with an 80/12 topstitch needle.
I am quilting in freemotion and making wonky, organic lines. So far, so good!
BTW, you should drop on over to Karen R's blog (KaHolly) and check out the giveaway she is having.
You could win a Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilts. pincushion pattern! I have one, and it is my favourite.
Hope all is well in your quilty world. Thanks for stopping by.