Two new finishes to share! I think these are my favorite type of posts since they seem to rarely happen. I do hope that changes. Anyhoo – First up is the Gemology pillow! This is a paper pieced pattern available on Craftsy. It comes in two block sizes and I did the smaller block size four times using Boundless solids and Cotton + Steel fabrics. I found this block a lot of fun to paper piece and I think it is very beginner friendly. It works well with solids and print fabrics.
I quilted this pillow on my domestic Pfaff Creative 2.0 and did a zipper enclosure. Also enjoying my new labels from Jennifer’s Jewels!
My second pillow finish is for a Tampa Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. We visited the USF Botanical Gardens in April and our challenge was to take a photo at the gardens and use that as inspiration for an original small quilt or pillow design. My photo inspiration was this:
My original plan was to create the bamboo and quilt the carvings into the applique bamboo pieces. I got to the part where I was quilting the bamboo outlines and carvings and it didn’t look good AT ALL so I ripped it out and left the pillow as is. I really liked how it came out! I machine appliqued the pieces using Aurifil monofiliment thread and a blind hem stitch that I learned from Karen Kay Buckley. The quilting is with Aurifil 50 wt. thread – a really light gray on my Pfaff Powerquilter.
I also finished this with a zipper closure and used up the rest of my Timeless Treasures ‘How to Iron a Shirt’ fabric.
Enjoying my pillow collection! All of the ugly pillows in my house are on notice.